Just as many residents of the City are coming to grips with last year’s revenues and expenses for the IRS right now, the City Council begins working with the City Staff this month on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2020-2021. The annual budget process is always a challenging experience as the City tries to balance the needs and wants of the community with the limited revenues available. Santa Clara continues to grow with more sales tax revenue, but building permits appear to be tapering a bit reducing development fees and impact fees. More details will emerge as the budget is prepared over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Construction of the Chapel Street extension and the new Sycamore Crossing Bridge over the Santa Clara River is ahead of schedule and the City is hopeful it will be open for traffic in the spring. Interstate Rock Products, the contractor from Hurricane, has done a great job building a bridge that will be both beautiful and functional for many years to come. Watch for the dedication announcement later next month. Construction has also started on the new Swiss Pioneer Memorial Park on Chapel Street in the downtown. It should be completed this May and will provide some needed recreational opportunities for residents in the downtown, as well as help recognize those dedicated Swiss pioneers who helped settle Santa Clara.

The City signed the RP&P agreement with the BLM for the proposed Santa Clara Adventure Park in the South Hills in January after several years of environmental studies and clearing the way for the final design to begin. This new park will include new mountain biking and hiking opportunities as well as expand-ed parking and educational venues adjacent to the popular Santa Clara River Reserve. Construction of the new BMX Track at Gubler Park is also progressing, and the track is really taking shape. The commit-tee is hopeful the track can open for practice on a limited basis in March and host the first formal race events this summer. This park has been primarily built with donations from local contractors and a grant from the Washington County Tourism Council.

The City Council recently approved changes to the Santa Clara City General Plan to include new strategies to facilitate the development of moderate-income housing in the community to meet a mandate from the State Legislature. The expansion of accessory dwelling units in residential zones is proposed to help provide additional attainable housing for moderate income households is one way the City is trying to help with this continuing problem in Washington County. Our community needs additional housing options to meet the demands for public service employees, teachers, tourism and health service providers.

Spring is just around the corner and the multitude of special events that happen annually in Washington County will begin soon. Baseball & soccer tournaments, bike races, the St. George Art Show, Parade of Homes, the list goes on and on. These events bring increased tourism to Santa Clara with important economic opportunities for our merchants and resorts which in turn provide jobs for our residents. Please visit the Santa Clara City Web-page at or follow us on Facebook for more information on upcoming events.

Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is this month, make sure to recognize those special people in your life. Sometimes we get so busy trying to keep up with everyday demands, we forget those who mean the most to us. This holiday is all about taking the time to recognize those people whom you hold dear. I’d like to wish everyone in Santa Clara a very special Valentine’s Day, and remind them to please stay safe.

Mayor Rick Rosenberg;




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FEBRUARY 11, 2020

The 2020 Dixie Transportation Expo offers a unique opportunity for area residents to gain an understanding of a variety of transit projects, road projects, traffic light projects, bike trail developments and local transportation trends.

This year, planners and community leaders will discuss projects along State Route 9 (SR9) in Washington County, between Interstate 15 (I-15) and the future Southern Parkway connection at milepost 6.5 at approximately 2800 West, Hurricane City ‘s newly adopted Transportation Master-plan, Suntran’s new routes and the Regional Airport master-plan. The Regional transportation planners are seeking public input on the 2019-2050 Regional Transportation Plan. The RTP forecast future travel demands and sets transportation goals and objectives for the next 30 years.

With the expected doubling of Washington County’s population by 2035, the Five County AOG encourages all to contemplate the future of Washington County’s transportation networks as the community evolves over the next 25 years. If current trends continue, and there is no evidence to the contrary, Washington County will then be home to 371,000 people (2.5 times the current population) who will need to travel between work, home, shopping, and entertainment venues.

The 2020 Transportation Expo is an excellent venue to learn about local transportation trends and provide meaningful input that may shape the future of Washington County. The expo will be February 11, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dixie Convention Center. Admission is free.


Construction on the new Swiss Pioneer Memorial Park began on January 2 with a completion date set for May. The park is located at 1521 Chapel Street. The land for the park was donated by the Bruce Stucki Family for a park to honor and re-member the 1861 Swiss Pioneers. The park will include a pioneer memorial, play area, obstacle perimeter path, 120’ by 80’ grass area for family events, large pavilion for picnics and family reunions, and a future 120’ lazy river. The City is looking for an antique farm implement such as a hand plow or similar object for display on the 6’ by 11’ memorial monument. If you would like to donate to the park or have questions, please call Brad Hays at 435-656-4690 ext.219 or email to


2020 business license renewals were due Jan. 31, 2020. If you still need to renew please make sure your state registration and any state licenses are current and that you provide that information with your renewal. Daycares, preschools and commercial businesses must have their annual fire safety inspection done and provide verification of the inspection for business license renewal. To schedule your fire safety inspection please call 674-1083. Business licenses can not be issued without the fire safety inspection. For license questions please call 673-6712 X 201.


2020 Dog Licenses are available at the Santa Clara Town Hall Office. Please provide a copy of your dogs rabies certificate to show proof of current rabies vaccination at the time of licensing.

Please remember City Ordinance requires that you license your dogs annually. The city dog license tag and rabies vaccination tag should be on your dogs collar on your dog at all times.

We will not be holding a dog licensing/vaccination clinic this year so please be sure to stop by the office to license your dogs for 2020. You can also call to license your dogs as long as we have a copy of the current rabies vaccination certificate. Late fees apply after Feb. 28. For dog licensing questions call 673-6712 EXT 201.



A Building Permit is required for all construction within Santa Clara City. As per the International Building Code or International Residential Code , permits are required when: “Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, re-pair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the building official and obtain the required permit”.

A Building Permit is not required for the following:

  • One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet.
  • NOTE: Any accessory structure under 200 square feet shall still meet all setback requirements for accessory structures as per Santa Clara City.
  •  Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.

On several occasion banks have refused financing on residence due to no building permit being issued on additions/add on to residences.
It is in your best interest to contact the Santa Clara City Building Department prior to starting any home improvement product to verify no permit is required. We can be reached at (435) 656-4690.


FEBRUARY 3, 2020

The Winter Cemetery Clean Up will begin on Monday February 3, 2020. All flowers and decorations of any kind should be removed from the cemetery before that date. Remaining flowers and decorations will be removed and disposed of with the exception of new burials. Flowers and decorations can be returned to the cemetery Friday February 7th. Thank you for helping to keep the cemetery a beautiful place of remembrance.



Register online through February 10, 2020


Santa Clara Elementary and Arrowhead Elementary Schools will hold their Kindergarten Registration on Wednesday March 25 and Wednesday April 1, 2020 from 9:00am—11:00am and 1:00pm—3:00pm both days. You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records for registration. For more information con-tact Santa Clara Elementary at 628-2624 and Arrowhead Elementary at 674-2027.


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 call 435-652-9643 to schedule an appointment. H.E.A.T. office location: 1664 S Dixie Dr. Unit L-104 St. Geo. UT 84770, in Dixie Commons.



The following dates have been scheduled for the 2020 quarterly clean up dumpsters: March 6-7, June 5-6, September 4-5 and December 4-5. As in the past, there will be 3 dumpsters at Little League Parking Lot and 1 at Town Hall during these clean up weekends. These dumpsters are provided for residential clean up. If you have large items that need disposed of please call Republic Services at 628-2821 to schedule a special pick up.


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.


Reopens in February—hours as follows:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 2:00PM —5:00 PM
Saturday: by appointment call: Sherri at 435.632.7040 or
Vicki at 435.668.8119 or leave message at 435.897.5297

The museum is located in the Town Hall basement.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer for three hours once
a month please contact the numbers above.


As warmer weather approaches and we are able to get out more with our pets please remember to keep your dog on a leash when you are outside and walking your dog. Municipal Code states that it is unlawful for the owner of any animal to allow for such animal to run at large. For the safety of your dog and others please keep your dog on a leash when outside with them and/or out walking. Thank you for being thoughtful of others.

INKAS : A 501©3 Nonprofit Organization and a registered Utah charity
Lois Hewitt-President 435-414-4802 Sara Dupre-Secretary: 206-724-5902

Like many of you, INKAS went shopping for gifts during the recent holiday season. We used a portion of the funds we had raised, and funds donated by the community, to provide needed resources for homeless animals. The Ivins Animal Shelter (also serving Santa Clara) received new cat trees for the kitten room thus providing more opportunities for play and socialization until they are adopted by their “furever families.” We fulfilled PAWS (Providing Animals with Support) Wish List by delivering a cartful of needed supplies such as Clorox, kitty litter, extra large garbage bags, and paper towels. OMC (One More Chance) received three new cat trees for their cat sanctuary.

It is important to all of us at INKAS that our supporters know how their donations are put to use. Because of your support INKAS is able to assist our local shelter and non-profit animal rescue organizations as they provide compassionate care for animals until their special person arrives to take them home.
Please continue to visit our website at to donate and to learn about our upcoming 2020 events.

INKAS e-mail address at to contact any of the Officers and Directors. For information call Lois Hewitt at 435-414-4802.

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

Bailee Mabe SCI Animal Control & Animal Shelter Manager
Phone #: 435-628-1049 Email:

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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)

PUBLIC SERVICES: Phone 656-4690 X 213, Fax 879-5298 (Public Services: Streets, Sidewalks, Water, Sewer, Power)

PARKS & TRAILS: Phone 656-4690 X 219 & 221, Fax 879-5298


PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICE: 652-1122 or 673-6712 X 240 & 241

PUBLIC SAFETY DISPATCH: 634-5730 (for any non-emergency call) EMERGENCY CALL: 911

ANIMAL CONTROL: 435-634-5730 to dispatch Animal Control Officer. Animal Shelter: 628-1049


Follow us on: Facebook at Instagram at City Website at

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Leina Mathis

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Wendell Gubler

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City Council:

Regular Meetings

– 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. with the exception of the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

Regular Work Meeting

– 1st Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. with the exception of the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

Planning & Zoning Commission/Land Use Authority:

– 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Heritage Commission:

– 2nd Thursday at 4:00 p.m. – Quarterly: January, April, July & December

Economic Development Commission:

– 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm.

City Council may call Special Meetings When needed.

Agendas of all city meetings, both regularly scheduled and special or work meetings, are sent to the Spectrum and posted at the Santa Clara Town Hall, the Santa Clara Post Office and on the Public Notice Website at at least 24 hours prior to the meeting time.

All meetings are held in the Santa Clara Town Hall, 2603 Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara, Utah unless otherwise noticed on the meeting agenda.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations, including auxiliary communicative aids and services, during any of these meetings, should notify the City Recorder Chris Shelley at 673-6712 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

This notice is published in compliance with Utah Code 52-4-6(1).

Chris Shelley
City Recorder

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