April 2019 Mayor’s Message

The wet weather has dumped a ton of snow on the mountains and filled Gunlock Reservoir even before the spring runoff begins. The City Staff mobilized several weeks ago to prepare for increased flows in the Santa Clara River. If you live along the river be vigilant and pay attention to weather forecasts and heed flood warnings. If you don’t live along the river and are just curious about what is going on, please don’t clog the roadways when these events are happening. Don’t rush to the river hampering emergency response vehicles and heavy equipment from doing their job. The two biggest problems we noticed during the last high water was not the floodwaters, but the numbers of looky-loos on the streets and the inaccurate reports that the Baker and Gunlock Reservoir dams were failing. These fake news posts wasted critical emergency personnel’s time and resources. They also created unnecessary stress and worry among the public and can be are a major public safety concern. Please just don’t do it.

Applications for Santa Clara 2019 Recreation, Arts and Parks (RAP) Grants are due on April 30th. In FY 2018-19 the City Council awarded nearly $20,000 in Grants to support arts related development and activities including the Tuachan Center for the Arts, Shakespeare in the Park, The Osmund Days of 47 Celebration and the Santa Clara Historical Society. Funds were also used to for some finishing touches and costumes for the Glockenspiel at Town Hall. Approximately the same amount of RAP funding is available for the Arts this year. Interested 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 and upgrades in the City Parks.

The City Parks department is converting the 2 irrigation water features by Heritage Square and the feature on the South side of Santa Clara Drive between Vernon and Victor Streets into flowerbeds. The flowers beds will add beauty to the downtown through seasonal flowers and plants. We will order brass placards to help visitors understand the significance of the planters that represent historic irrigation systems. The new flowerbeds will add beauty to the downtown and also reduce potential of someone being hurt from falling into the existing ditches. We plan to use Dixie State College Biology student volunteers for the initial planting on Thursday March 28th and April 11th. Thanks to Brad Hays and the dedicated employees of the Parks Department for their hard work to keep the downtown beautiful.

April is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy the many activities available to residents of the City. The first time showing of Shakespeare in the Park will take place April 12th, 13th, and 15th and will be held across the street from Town Hall on the grass. You don’t want to miss the new Easter clothes on the Glockenspiel kids either. The 2019 Princess Pageant is scheduled for 7:00 pm on May 18th at the new Kayenta Arts Center building in Ivins. Monica Bracken is the Princess Pageant Coordinator and is doing a great job. The Kayenta venue offers a more intimate setting for the pageant and allows the audience to be much closer to the contestants. The event was a full house last year so get your tickets early. The City website has more information available on the pageant.

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 www.sccity.org.

Enjoy these spring days Santa Clara and remember to stay safe.

Mayor Rick Rosenberg mayor@sccity.org


In the City Council Meeting of February 13, 2019, a Resolution was approved by City Council for Santa Clara City to switch to a Vote by Mail method as the primary means of casting ballots in future elections beginning with the November 2019 election. This will increase voter participation with the convenience of Vote by Mail. The ballots are mailed to the homes of registered voters, this relieves the stress of getting to a polling/voting location. If you move, contact the Washington County Clerk’s Office to inform them of your new address. Ballots will not be forwarded. For more information contact the City Recorder, Chris Shelley at 673-6712 ext. 203.


Santa Clara and Arrowhead Elementary Schools will be holding Kindergarten Registration on Wednesday March 27 and Wednesday April 3, 2019 from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm both days. You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records. For more information contact Santa Clara Elementary at 628-2624 and Arrowhead Elementary at 674-2027.


If you have a student that will be attending Lava Ridge Inter-mediate School during the next school year you will need to contact the school office at 435-625-4247 for registration information


The Kiwanis Club of Santa Clara annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday April 20, 2019 on the Spence Gunn Field at Canyon View Park. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9:00AM and is for children up to 8 years of age-the children are divided into age groups.

New this year, in conjunction with the Kiwanis sponsored Circle K Club of Dixie State University, there will be free kids games and a fundraising Pancake breakfast in the park pavilion right after the Easter Egg Hunt. This event will be from 9:30am—noon.

Plan to bring your children to the park for this traditional Spring event full of fun, candy and other prizes! It is also a great time for the kids to play at the new playground at Canyon View—it has become a very popular attraction at the park!!!


Please call Blue Stakes at least 48 hours before you begin any major 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 begins. Be safe, call Blue Stakes first at 1-800-662-4111.


2019 Swiss Days dates are September 26th-28th so make sure to save the dates now and plan to join us at the Town Hall grounds for this fun family event. Forms, applications and information available on the city website: sccity.org.


The 2019 Spring Burn Win-dow is open March1-May 15. To obtain a burn permit call Burn Control at 627-4949 the day you plan to burn or go online to https://washingtoncity.org/burn/permits. Burn days depend on weather condi-tions & the clearing index. Fires must be attended to until completely extinguished. Make sure you have a hose or other extinguishing equip-ment at the burn site. Burning only allowed during daylight hours only.


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