ST. GEORGE – Hildale may soon get its own library, as the Washington County Commission signed a resolution Tuesday encouraging the United Effort Plan Trust to donate land for the new facility.
Residents of Hildale currently have to travel to Hurricane, 24 miles away, to utilize Washington County Library facilities.
“The citizens out there in Hildale have quite a long drive to get to the nearest library,” Commissioner Zachary Renstrom said, “and I think it would be quite beneficial to them to have a library out there.”
The resolution cites the success of the recently reopened Water Canyon School in Hildale, saying the school’s successful first year demonstrates the community will utilize the services of a public library.
The resolution states the intention of the county to build a library in Hildale and invites the United Effort Plan Trust to donate a 2-acre parcel of land to the county for the project.
The UEP Trust was created by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the 1940s but was reformed by Utah’s 3rd District Court to administer housing solutions and benefits to trust members. The UEP now oversees a great deal of land in Hildale and neighboring Colorado City, Arizona.
“I think that it would be something that would serve a portion of our county that is struggling in some ways,” Commissioner Victor Iverson said before making a motion to approve the resolution.
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