Santa Clara Sun

April Issue

Volume 19, Issue 4

April 2017 Mayor’s Message

It feels like summer is starting early this year with temperatures in the 90’s already, but the cool spring nights temper things and Santa Clara is a great place to be this time of year. Soon it will be Easter, and then the many snowbirds in the area will begin their annual migration north and Dixie will be left to the stout hearted to brave the summer heat. Little League baseball is in full swing and ball fields across the city are busy. It’s a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors. As for me, I think it’s about time to spend some quality time at the lake.

Spring brings changes, and Santa Clara has a new Princess. Her name is Elleiana Habibian, the daughter of Elleshia Habibian. Her court includes first attendant, Morgan Radley, daughter of Robb and Karen Radley. The second attendant is Lexie Edwards, daughter of Sam and Misha Edwards, and the third attendant is Alyssa Ferguson, daughter of Devin and Nalani Ferguson. Congratulations to all of the very talented and beautiful young ladies who participated in the 2017 Princess Pageant held on March 4th. I look forward to working with these young women at events throughout the year including the Washington County Fair and Swiss Days. Thanks also to our outgoing royalty, 2016 Princess Marlie Root, Abi Shake-speare and Amanda Bradshaw. They did a great job representing the City throughout the past 12 months and we wish them the very best. Monica Bracken will be assuming the role of the Princess Pag-eant Coordinator for 2017, and I’m confident she will do a great job. Thanks again to Lainee Frei, Brooke Ence and Camerlee Ence for their past efforts with the Princess Pageant, they did a great job.

Applications for Santa Clara 2017 Recreation and Parks (RAP) Arts Grants are due on April 30th. In FY 2015-16 the City Council awarded $8,500 in Grants to support Arts development and activities impacting the area including Tuachan, the Kayenta Arts Foundation and the Santa Clara Historical Society. Approximately $13,600 in funding is available for the Arts each year. Applicants need to have non-profit 501(c)(3) status and should contact the City for additional information. The county wide RAP tax also generates much needed funding for City Recreation Projects. This year $80,000 of RAP tax revenues are helping fund the new restroom building at the Canyon View Park.

Construction has started on the Santa Clara Veterans Memorial near the Cemetery. The stone monument memorial, designed to recognize veterans, is being funded primarily by donations, citizen contributions and past recycling rebates from the binnies program. The Veterans Memorial is planned to be completed and dedicated as part of this year’s Memorial Day weekend activities. If you wish to recognize a Veteran for his or her service, stone pavers are available for a reasonable donation. Contact the City Office for donation forms and additional information. Thanks to all Veterans for their service past and present.

The City website is continuously being updated and we are working to make it easier for residents to stay informed about City department activities, upcoming events, agendas and scheduled public hearings with the planning commission and city council. Check it out at
Enjoy these spring days and stay safe Santa Clara.

Mayor Rick Rosenberg

2017 Santa Clara Princess Pageant Recognition and Thank You!

The 2017 Santa Clara Princess Pageant was held March 4, showcasing the talent, poise, intellect and hard work of the young women who prepared for and participated in the pageant.

The 2017 princess is Elleiana Habibian, daughter of Elleshia Habibian, 1st attendant is Morgan Radley, daughter of Robbins and Karen Radley, 2nd attendant is Lexie Edwards, daughter of Sam and Misha Edwards, and 3rd attendant is Alyssa Ferguson, daughter of Devin and Nalani Ferguson.

Special thanks to parents, families, and friends who supported the contestants through the pageant process. Thanks to directors Lainee Frei, Brooke Ence, and Camerlee Ence and all their assistants for their time and efforts in ensuring a wonderful pageant experience for the contestants and a great evening for those who attended the pageant. Thanks to the judges, auditors, stage crew and Snow Canyon High School staff. Lastly, thanks to council woman Mary Jo “Tode” Hafen for her support and guidance, and the support of the Mayor and all the city council. The new royalty will surely represent the city well!

Please watch for bio’s introducing the new Santa Clara Royalty in the May newsletter.

2017 Municipal Election Opportunity

This is the year for Municipal Elections. Santa Clara will have The Mayor and 2 City Council seats open in this election. Each seat is for a 4-year term. The November Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. If a Primary Election is needed it will be Tuesday August 15, 2017. Candidate filing period is June 1-7, 2017.
Please consider serving your community by running for office for one of these positions. Qualifications to hold a Municipal Office are:

1. Be a US Citizen at the time of filing
2. Be a registered voter of the municipality
3. Be a resident of the municipality or a resident of the recently annexed area for a period of 365 consecutive days immediately pre-ceding the date of the election.
(Utah Code 10-3-301; 20A-9-201; 20A-9-203)

For more information contact the City Recorder, Chris Shelley at
376-6712 ext. 203.

Spring Burn Window

The 2017 Spring Burn Window is open March1-May 30. You must always call Burn Control at 627-4949 the day you plan to burn. There is also a link for Burn Control on the City web-site at Click on the Public Safety drop down bar and select Fire Department and then Burn Window, you will then see the link for a Burn Permit. Permission to burn depends on weather conditions and the clearing index. Fires must be attended to until completely extinguished. Make sure you have a hose or other fire extinguishing equipment at the burn site. Burning must take place during daylight hours.

WCSW Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

The Washington County Solid Waste District will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the County Landfill on Saturday April 22, 2017 from 8 am-1 pm. Cost: Free for County residents dropping off house-hold hazardous waste materials; there is a charge for tires. (Please call about commercial charges; 673-2813). Materials accepted include aerosol cans, car batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, fuel, herbicides, pesticides, paint and paint supplies, medical waste, oil, and propane. The Washington County Land-fill is located at 330 North Landfill Road in Washington, UT. If you would like to be on an email list to be notified of the collection date please send an email to This is a great opportunity to clean out and get rid of those leftover, expired and no longer used chemical products at your home.

Local Events Notice

EASTER EGG Dyeing the old Swiss way! Demonstration on April 11th at 10:30am in the old Relief Society house.

BIRDS and BOTANY: April 15th from 11am-2pm
Santa Clara Arboretum Cactus garden
Guided tours. Bird demo. Native flute music.

Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt

April 15, 2017

The annual Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday April 15, 2017 on the Spence Gunn Field at Canyon View Park (1400 Canyon View Drive). The Easter Egg Hunt starts at 9:00 am and is for children up to 8 years of age—the children will be divided into age groups. This is a fun spring tradition for your young children to participate in so plan to bring your kids to the park for lots of fun, candy and special prizes!

New City Office Hours

City Office and Justice Court hours are changing on Fri-days beginning March 31, 2017. The new Friday schedule for the Santa Clara City Justice Court and other city office departments will be 8:00 am—1:00 pm. Friday court hours have been 8-10 am; the new Friday schedule will provide longer Justice Court hours to help accommodate customers with court questions and provide other court services. All other city office departments will have the same 8am-1pm schedule from March 31st forward.

Local Business Highlights

 AKA Embroidery by Angie Langston at 229-9653
 Alternative Power Systems, Inc by Stewart Somerville at 435-691-2020
 A-Team Computer Services by Gary Allred at 435-313-0705
 Big West Cleaning and Restoration by Jason Lindsey at 435-632-9187
 Bliss Weddings & Rentals by Debbie at 435-632-1618
 Brooks Window Design by Benita Brooks at 628-2768
 Building Concepts of Southern Utah by Brent Andersen at 668-6300
 Campbell’s 24/7 Sewer & Drain Services by Tom Campbell at 414-5350
 Classy Lawn & Yard Care by Shane Waegerle at 862-7762
 Clover Patch Quilt Shop by Jill Muhlestein at 435-986-9070
 Choppers Yard Care by Brandon Pectol at 862-2089
 Colour Salon & Boutique by Heather Bangerter at 801-602-6715
 Cut & Dried Home Hair Salon by Madelyn Derrick at 652-8491
 Delyn Norling Manual Therapist at 668-7384
 Desert Edge Montessori by Analee Talbot at 272-3711
 Desert Grill (at Lightfoots) by Janet Medina at 435-359-3796
 Dharma Wheels Cyclery & Dental Office by Jon Kolon at 435-615-6819
 Dominos Pizza Delivery & Take Out by Randy Snow at 688-8885
 Don’s Remodeling Handyman by Don Crothers at 688-2709
 Doug’s Master Auto Care by Douglas Lefler at 673-6622
 Dutchman’s/Cravings by Nick Frei at 628-8482
 Eagle Creek Landscapes by Darrin Heinz at 627-8058
 Fisher Lawn & Yard Care by Bart Fisher at 862-7457
 Fusion Specialty Pharmacy by Koby Taylor R. Ph., Pharm D. at 435-703-9680
 Garden Sprout by Lance Allred at 673-3839
 Harmons Grocery Store 3520 Pioneer Parkway at 435-773-6200
 Ivory Pet Care by Mary Ellen Call at 668-2433
 Janet Morgan, Realtor by Janet Morgan at 435-669-6471
 Kaili’s Restaurant by Herb & Wendy Basso at 435-216-9828

 Kiwi Plumbing & Heating by Michael Puriri at 435-256-0114
 Landscape Maintenance by Belmont Gardening at 628-2013
 Lightfoots Chevron , CBR Enterprises by Brad & Cindy Pollman 216-2789
 Little Patch of Heaven Montessori Preschool by Janae Huntington at 632-9372
 Los Alazanes Mexican Restaurant by Efrain Gomez at 435-673-3386
 Mobile Notary Service by Jeri Sue Stewart at 619-2262
 Moore N More Popcorn by Dianna Moore at 435-680-3820
 Mr. Honey Do Service by Marshall Dick at 669-0870
 Pest Control by Viking Pest Control at 435-272-4129
 Photos by Richelle by Richelle Nelson at 632-5544
 Red River Health & Wellness Chiropractic at 435-767-9355
 Robert Austin Tile by Robert Austin at 435-272-4186
 Rose Restoration by Michael Rose at 673-8006
 RV/Business Storage by Bruce Belmont at 628-2013
 Say it Your Way Custom Vinyl by Tara Howard at 435-632-7006
 Shining Star Preschool by Trudy Carlson at 669-6461
 Smarty Pants Preschool by Doree Sargent at 674-2305
 Stitch-n-Stuff Embroidery by Tim & Angie McArthur at 435-673-4654
 Strain Landscaping by Craig Strain at 668-9150
 Super Star Preschool by Debra Gourley at 656-1647
 Sweet Cakes by Karen by Karen Phillips at 435-668-2550
 The Old Bodega Furniture/ Accessories by Greg & Carol Smith at 673-0656
 The Granary at Santa Clara (restaurant) by Pat Johnson at 435-851-2031
 Uncle & Auntie’s Gift Shop Vicki Lasswell 634-9416
 V-Max Remodeling by Craig Mangus at 628-6000
 Wilde Electric, Inc. by Terry Wilde at 632-7297

April 2017 Parks Dept. News

Veteran’s Memorial: The City wishes to thank everyone for their generous donations to build the Veteran’s Memorial to be located at the entrance of the Santa Clara Historic Cemetery. Currently we have $28,000 of the approximately $50,000 needed to pay for stonework, engraving, light fixtures, concrete, flags, and poles. Let us plan to celebrate our Santa Clara Veteran’s contributions to our Nations freedom on Memorial Day weekend 2017 by having the memorial complete. You may honor any veteran that has served in the US Military and has lived or lives in Santa Clara. A memorial rendering and donation forms are available at City Hall at 2603 Santa Clara Drive or on the City webpage For additional information, please call or email Brad Hays at 435-656-4690 ext. 221 or If you want to honor a veteran in the Santa Clara Veteran’s Memorial on Memorial Day, please get your donation in by April 15th, 2017. We will complete additional engravings after the monument is complete, but engravings will only occur when donations exceed the cost of engraving.

Canyon View Park: The new Canyon View Park Restroom facility is under construction. The new ADA compliant 4 restroom facility will be open year round. The building will include chilled water fountains for those hot summer days and heat for the winter cold. The cost of construction is being paid in part through the Washington County Recreation, Arts, and Parks Tax and Parks Impact Fees generated through new building construction. We hope to have the building open for business by May 1, 2017.

Dogs on Sports Fields: On April 12, 2017 at the 5 pm City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers the Parks Department will be asking the City Council to amend the City Parks Ordinance to not allow dogs on City sports fields unless they are certified service animals or for a City authorized event. If you have comments or concerns please plan attend the meeting.

Volunteers: Dixie State University Environmental students volunteered at Santa Clara’s Canyon View Park to celebrate Arbor Day 2017. Stu-dents planted 8 Shumard Oak trees that can grow in excess of 100’ tall and live up to 400 years.

Kaleb Gates completed his Eagle Scout project by drilling holes in street curbs in Santa Clara’s Historic District to mount US Flags for special holidays. When you drive or walk downtown this Memorial Day and future holidays you will enjoy Kaleb’s work. The City would like to thank all the Boy Scouts and their leaders for the patriotic display of streets lined with American Flags throughout our city on national holidays.

Tristan Schiess completed his Eagle Scout by installing mulch rings at the base of over 50 Cemetery trees. The mulch tree rings will ensure these trees live a long, healthy life by providing soil nutrients and conserving precious water during the summer heat.

Short Term Rentals

Short term rentals are becoming increasingly popular recently. Short term rentals are considered a rental that occurs between a property owner and renter for 29 consecutive days or less.

There are specific areas within the city that permit short term rentals. The areas that are currently zoned for short-term or nightly rentals include: Paradise Village at Zion, Lava Falls at Entrada and Sand Pointe at Entrada. Lava Cove Estates is not zoned for short term rentals.

There are requirements that follow a short term rental property. An approved Santa Clara City Business License is required, as well as a Utah State Sales Tax License for reporting of transient room tax, and the property must be managed by a property manager that has a Santa Clara City Business License and has a local property management representative.

Any home that is in an R-1-10 zoned area (residential single family), is NOT permitted to have a short term rental type of rental at that property location. Long term rentals are permitted. As per Section 17.20.260(A), the Santa Clara City Code states a short term rental outside of the currently allowed zoned areas is subject to penalties and fines.

If you have any questions, please call or visit the Building Department and we will be happy to help with further explanation of this ordinance and requirements. Phone: 435-656-4690, ext. 215.

May 2017 Cemetery Clean Up

The Spring cemetery clean up will begin Monday May 1st. All flowers, decorations, shepherds hooks, and other ornaments should be removed from the cemetery before May 1st. Remaining flowers and decorations will be removed by city personnel, with the exception of fresh burials. Flowers and decorations can be returned to the cemetery on Friday May 5th. The spring clean up ensures the cemetery will be clean and beautiful for May Mother’s Day and Memorial Day remembrances.

H.E.A.T Program

The Home Energy Assistance Tar-get Program accepts applications to assist eligible households in need of help paying their home heating bills. This federally funded program is administered by the State of Utah. Payment amounts are based on income, energy use, and at-risk groups in the household. Residents who wish to apply for assistance should call 435-652-9643 to schedule an appointment. The H.E.A.T. office is located at 168 N. 100 E. Ste. 255, St. George, UT 84770.

2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for Santa Clara and Arrowhead Elementary Schools will be held on Wednesday March 29 and Wednesday April 5, 2017 from 9—11am and 1—3pm both days. You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records. For further information call Santa Clara Elementary at 628-2624 and Arrowhead Elementary at 674-2027.

Santa Clara City Contact Phone Numbers

SANTA CLARA CITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE: Phone 673-6712, Fax 628-7338 (City Manager, Finance Officer, Recorder/Court Clerk, Treasurer/Utilities, Business Licenses, Dog Licenses, Cemetery, Banquet Hall Reservations, General Information)
SANTA CLARA CITY PUBLIC SERVICES: Phone 656-4690 X 213, Fax 879-5298 (Public Services: Streets, Sidewalks, Water, Sewer, Power)
SANTA CLARA CITY PARKS & TRAILS: Phone 656-4690 X 221, Fax 879-5298
PUBLIC SAFETY DISPATCH: 634-5730 (for any non-emergency call) EMERGENCY CALL: 911
SANTA CLARA CITY ANIMAL CONTROL: 435-634-5730 to dispatch Animal Control Officer. Animal Shelter: 628-1049
Follow us on: Facebook at Instagram at City Website at

Santa Clara City Monthly Meeting Schedule


Blue Stakes of Utah

Please call Blue Stakes at least 48 hours before you begin any significant digging project. This will allow time for all utility companies to be notified to come locate and mark the utility lines on your property before digging be-gins. Be safe, call Blue Stakes first at 800-662-4111.

Mayor & City Council Contact Information


Samuel R Knight Santa Clara History Museum Hours

Tuesday: 1—4 PM and Saturday: 11 AM—2 PM. The museum located in the Town Hall basement. Email:

Pet Corner


Spring is here and we are celebrating at the Ivins Animal Shelter & Adoption Center. Please support our “Spring Fling” April Adoption Promotion. All dogs in the shelter will have their adoption fee reduced to $25 and all kittens/cats will have their adoption fee reduced to $10. This is a perfect time to visit the shelter and rescue a homeless pet. Check out our pets on or the Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter Facebook page.

Our “Wish for the Month” is Purina Kitten Chow, Purina Puppy Chow and Purina Cat Chow. We are preparing for spring and all of the unwanted pets who will in the shelter. Please spay/neuter your pets to ensure a healthier life for them and to help decrease the number of unwanted pets. For more information please contact FIAS using the contact information below.

Warmer weather is here and our pets are spoiled by the cool weather. They have been going on rides to the grocery store and other places because the weather did not pose a danger for them to be left in the car for short periods of time. Now we must retrain them to stay at home in order to keep them safe from high temperatures in locked cars. We also must not leave them outside without adequate shade, a cool place to lay not on cement and ample fresh water.

FIAS is pleased to announce a new website will be available for you to follow FIAS on shortly. We are looking forward to offering another way for you to keep in touch with all of the homeless pets available for adoption, helpful information for your pets, fundraising events and other community events. Jennifer at Reflections Printing is designing the site and it should be up and available before the next newsletter.

Each quarter the donation from AmazonSmile increases. Please remember to Smile for FIAS each time you order from Amazon. Amazon donates to FIAS on all orders at no additional charge to you. It is an easy way to support the homeless pets in the shelter. Pet food and supplies may also be order and delivered to the shelter as a donation from you and if you use the Smile Code below a financial donation will also be made to FIAS. We appreciate everyone who has made this fundraising opportunity grow and we look for to you sharing the information with your family and friends.

Volunteers are always needed for FIAS and the Ivins Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, a “No Kill” municipal shelter serving Santa Clara and Ivins. If you would like to volunteer for the FIAS Board please use the contact information below. There are many ways you can support our effort to “SAVE THEM ALL” from the comfort of your home. If you would like to volunteer at the shelter please contact Stacey, Shelter Manager, using the contact information below.

FIAS is working on a new Spay/Neuter Low Cost Program and hopefully we will have more information ready for the next newsletter. Costs have been increased to the point we feel like the old program was not benefiting the residents in our area.
FIAS hopes you have a fantastic spring. Please remember Easter candy is great for us but can be deadly for our pets. Keep pets safe and make sure they have healthy treats.

Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter Facebook Page or
Stacey, Shelter Manager: 435-628-1049 or


Dusty is a handsome Tuxedo Domestic Long Hair mix. He is a very shy guy and would probably prefer a home without small children. He needs someone who will be patient and love him so he can learn he will be safe. Sometimes we just do not know what kind of stress abandoned cats have been under and they need YOUR love and support. Please consider opening our heart and home to this deserving cat. Dusty wants to have a happily ever after tale of happiness and love.


Huck is a handsome boy; he is 5 years old and weighs 45 pounds. His owner sadly had to release him. Being a Heeler Lab mix, Huck is the perfect addition for an active family who loves the outdoors. Sometimes the older dogs in the shelter get overlooked so Huck is counting on you to rescue him as soon as possible. Huck wants to find a forever home and a forever family that will love and care for him.

Where to Meet the Pets

Ivins animal Shelter and Adoption Center Phone: 435-628-1049
474 North 200 West, Ivins.
Hours: Monday –Saturday 8:00 am-3:00 pm

Adoption Fee: The adoption fee at the Ivins Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is $50 for dogs and $25 for cats. However, special reduced fees are featured throughout the year. Please call the shelter for more information.

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