MD’s Moab City Council Preview 2020-10-27

[Editor’s note: Both Mike Duncan and Rani Derasary have graciously agreed to let MADAR reuse their regular email updates to constituents. Despite the overlap, we are running both versions of the MCC previews. Readers can choose to read both, either or neither of the previews.]

To watch the meeting via YouTube :

Workshop starts at 5:30 PM

Conservation Alternative for Manti La-Sal National Forest. Mary O’Brien

Fire fuels mitigation efforts. Kara Dohrenwend, Rim to Rim Restoration

Planning Department – the big picture in the next few years. Nora Shepard, Planning Director

Regular session starts at 7 PM

Citizens to Be Heard

Citizens to be Heard comments may be made by phone and online through Zoom.

Phone: (669) 900-9128  Meeting ID: 824 1556 3747  Password (if needed): 839246

Zoom Link:

Please note that when joining the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room and will be added to the meeting by the moderator. Once you are added to the meeting, please state your name for the record. Comments will be limited to three (3) minutes and will be recorded and on YouTube. 

Comments may be submitted prior to the meeting through the following link:

And/Or write City Council (anytime, on any subject)

I have not discussed all the agenda items in this letter, just the interesting ones. Please see the complete agenda summary and packet at the city’s website,, for further information.

Walnut Lane Financing Options, Kaitlin Myers, Senior Project Manager. Faced with unexpected repair/replacement costs, we’re considering using manufactured or modular homes in lieu of custom designs. These could be either temporary (while permanent homes are built) or be the permanent homes themselves. Since the city’s budget is strained and the affordable housing fund (financed by fees assessed on new hotels) is of modest size, the financing cost of whatever we do becomes important. 

Changing use of City property, Laurie Simonson, City Attorney.
In the wake of the Bike Skills Park debacle, we’re considering incorporating into the city’s Administrative Procedures a requirement to publicly advertise in an appropriate fashion (for example a town hall) a contemplated change in the use of city-owned property before any binding commitment or decision is made to actually change the use. If this sounds like a fundamental ground rule for good political common sense, I would agree. For that reason I think this (administrative) directive may be unnecessary as long as City Council members habitually err on the side of transparency.

Hope this helps, 

Mike Duncan, Moab City Coucilmember