MD’s Moab City Council Meeting Preview 2021-01-12

[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.]?

The agenda and packet can be found here.

To watch the meeting via YouTube :

You can write City Council (anytime, on any subject):

Pre-Council Workshop – 6:30 pm.

  • Moab Area Travel Council Update

Regular session starts at 7 PM:

Citizens to Be Heard (These comments typically take anywhere from 0 to 15 minutes). We are receiving public comments by phone and online through Zoom. Citizens are limited to two (2) minutes for comments. Dial: 669-900-9128    Meeting ID: 880 4005 4269   Passcode (if needed):  191692 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. Your comments will be recorded and on YouTube. 

To have your written comments considered for the Citizens to Be Heard portion of the electronic meeting, please fill out the form found here: You must submit your comments by 7:00 PM on January 12, 2021. Please limit your comments to 400 words.

Staff reports

(These (4) reports typically take at least 20 minutes…)

  • COVID-19 Updates
  • Walnut Lane Update (contracts out for 8 duplexes, public outreach coming)
  • Buy Local Bucks Update
  • Finance Department Update

Mayor and Council reports 

(These (6) reports typically take at least 20 minutes…)

Approval of Minutes

Grand County School District Update 

(10 minutes)

Proclamation –Martin Luther King Day


  • Last October (2020) the city and county jointly passed a moratorium (without a time limit) on new ATV (aka UTV or OH, ignoring fine distinctions) sales, rentals, commercial outdoor uses and outfitting services. The task of writing new city code has fallen first to city planning commission. Nora Shepard, city planning director, is asking for direction from Council on a number of interesting issues. One likely avenue is to pass a temporary (perhaps 6 months limit) land use ordinance which lets us write proposed code changes and collect public input on those changes. Less likely is to dispense with a temporary ordinance and just pass permanent code changes. It’s also possible that we could abandon this entire approach and use other tactics, for example disallowing all off-trailhead use or mitigating objectionable noise from all vehicles. I personally prefer solutions that are equally applicable outside as well as inside city limits. Stay tuned.

Support to Restore Bears Ears National Monument to its original size

  • This letter, if approved, signals the city’s support to the Biden administration to restore Bears Ears National Monument to its original size as it was defined under President Obama in 2016. I personally do support this letter – it’s clear to me that recreation, despite its drawbacks, is a far more viable future for that area than its historic uses of grazing, mining and timber (just ask Teddy Roosevelt). It also supports the culture of several Native American tribes who have historically lived in the area.

Supporting denial of the Rally on the Rocks trade show in San Juan County

  • The San Juan County Commission denied a requested permit for the 2021 Rally on the Rocks trade show to be headquartered at the old airstrip in San Juan County. As this event was enormously unpopular among residents in Grand County and Moab City, this letter to the Commission thanks them for their denial.

Assignment of Councilmembers and Staff to Community Boards and Organizations

Appointment of the 2021 Mayor Pro Tem

Appointment of the Council Member Responsible for Reviewing the City’s Bills in 2021

Approval of Bills Against the City of Moab

Since this is the first meeting of the year, I thought I’d list everything on the agenda instead of omitting the routine stuff as I often do in these previews, just so you know there is indeed lots of little stuff. I credit the Mayor and Staff for making much of this happen week in and week out. All I have to do is say Aye or Nay. Piece of cake. …  OK, a lot of meetings. OK, paying attention is mandatory. Still, thank you. 

Hope this helps, 

Mike Duncan, Moab City Council member