Santa Clara Sun Newsletter MARCH 2020


The City Council is working with the Staff to prepare the 2020-2021 Budget for the City to identify the needs of the community and prioritize projects for next year. General Fund revenues are anticipated to be nearly $6.4 million, up 5% from last fiscal year. Revenues from sales tax distributions received by the City have increased nearly 10% over the last year and room tax revenues from short term rentals is up 35% for the same period. Funds generated from sales tax and the room tax charged on short term rentals help the City provide for the increasing costs of important public services, like police and fire protection, parks, street maintenance, and flood protection without raising local residential property taxes. Remember to support our local businesses whenever you can, it really does help the community keep property taxes down. Santa Clara continues to grow at a manageable pace bringing new opportunities for families and local businesses. Residential building has slowed from last year (41 permits have been issued since July 1, 2020 compared to 91 for the previous period). However, several new townhome projects have been approved by the City and construction is anticipated to begin later this year. Proposed commercial development including a Dollar Store and Hurst Ace Hardware at the intersection of Pioneer Parkway and Rachel Drive is causing concerns with adjacent residents. The City zoned the four corners of the intersection for commercial development many years ago and two of the commercial corners have developed (near Harmon’s) and residents are now seeing the benefits of increased sales tax revenues and the convenience of not having to go to St. George for all our shopping, banking and other needs. The City Planning Commission and Staff continues to work with the developers and residents to implement development plans in accordance with City Code and State Statue while simultaneously mitigating the concerns and impacts to the adjacent neighborhoods. The weather is getting warmer and the spring special events are in full swing. The True Grit Mountain Bike Endurance race is on Saturday, March 14th with mountain bikers competing in a grueling 100-mile race in the South Hills starting and finishing in the downtown. The Red Mountain Run will take place on March 7th in the Santa Clara River Reserve, along Gates Lane and spilling into Ivins. Shakespeare in the Park, coming off their successful inaugural performances last year, is planned again across from Town Hall downtown in April. Baseball and softball tournaments continue at Gubler Park and Little League tryouts get underway soon. It’s a great time to get outside and enjoy the spring season. The new Lava Flow Wash Trail will start construction this month and the Swiss Memorial Pioneer Park & Playground on Chapel Street is under construction. This new park located in the downtown will provide new recreational experiences for youngsters and adults alike. Both projects are being funded by impact fees generated from growth in the community and RAP tax revenues (Recreation, Arts & Parks). Fortypercent of RAP taxes are paid not by residents, but by tourists and other visitors to Washington County. The City’s share of RAP tax revenues increased 10% over last fiscal year, allowing for increased public trail construction, parks improvements in addition to funding for arts related events like Shakespeare inthe Park, and arts related educational programs at Swiss Days. Until next month, be careful out there and stay safe Santa Clara.

Mayor Rick Rosenberg; mayor@sccity.org


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.


March 4, 2020 City Council Meeting

March 5, 2020 Planning Commission Special Meeting

March 11, 2020 City Council Meeting - Public Hearing

March 12, 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 contact Santa Clara Elementary at 628-2624 and Arrowhead Elementary at 674-2027.


If you have a student who will be attending Lava Ridge Intermediate School next year please call 435-625-4247 for registration information.


We have a large number of coyotes in our commu-nity. Please keep your cats indoors, and not have the risk of loosing your household pet. Also, if you have feral cats in your area call the animal shelter at 435-628-1049 for information to have them fixed. INKAS e-mail address at inkas4pets@gmail.com to contact any of the Officers and Directors. For information call Lois Hewitt at 435-414-4802. On March 14th, INKAS will be joining PAWS and other ani-mal nonprofits at the first annual PAWS for a Cause walk and 5K run in support of homeless animals and Memory Matters. Memory Matters is a local nonprofit which supports Alzheimer's or dementia patients and their caregivers. This St. Patrick's Day themed event is being held at Crosby Con-fluence Park on from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register for the walk and run visit facebook.com/pawsmemorywalk&5k. This event will also include adoptable animals, music, food trucks and vendors. Come out and join the fun! March always seems to be the “purrfect” month for Spring cleaning. As you are going through your home please con-sider donating your “no longer needed” household items and clothing to INKAS. For donation drop off, or if you would like INKAS to pickup your items please contact Sara Dupre at 206-724-5902 or Connie Butterfield at 435-817-1616

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

If you have recently moved to Santa Clara and are a pet own-er please stop by the Town Hall office to license your dogs. The annual license fee is $10 if your dog is spayed or neutered and $20 if not fixed. Santa Clara ordinance allows a maximum of 4 dogs per household and does not allow for kennel licensing. You will need to bring a copy of your dogs current rabies vaccination certificate for licensing. We appreciate you making sure your dogs are vaccinated and licensed annually. Dog licenses are always due at the first of the year and late fees apply after Feb 28th.


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 applyafter Feb. 28. For dog licensing questions call 673-6712 EXT 201.


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 remember 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 bhays@sccity.org.

Swiss Pioneer Memorial Park

The City is happy to announce the construction of the nonmotorized Lava Flow trail along the Lava Flow Wash from Gubler Park to the existing Lava Flow Trail on Pioneer Parkway at the power substation. The new connector trail will allow you to travel from 400 E. at the Ivins City border to the Santa Clara Library on Santa Clara Drive with only 2 street crossings.

Our City Parks facilities have been vandalized several times with graffiti and destruction of restroom facilities. If you see or find vandalism, please report to the Police Dispatch by calling 435-654-5730. The Dispatch number would be a great number to include in your contacts for non-emergency situations. If you have questions concerning Parks Trails, and the Cemetery please call Brad Hays at 435-656-4690 ext.219 or send an email to bhays@sccity.org.


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, repair, 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.


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. Day cares, 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.


Are you the next Miss Santa Clara? The Miss Santa Clara Scholarship Pageant is approaching. Workshops will begin in April and the pageant will be held in May. Look for more details in next city newsletter or follow the royalty on their Instagram account @santaclararoyalty Applications will be available soon at the Town Hall Office or on the City website at sccity.org. Girls 14-17 are eligible to enter the Santa Clara Scholarship Pageant.


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.


March clean up dumpsters will be available March 6- 7, 2020. There will be 3 dumpsters at the Little League Parking Lot and one at Town Hall. As always, we request that you do not leave trash on the ground before the dumpsters arrive or after they are removed. These dumpsters are not for disposal of paint, batteries, tires, appliances, furniture, hazardous waste items such as pesticides or other chemicals, and not for construction site waste. For hazardous waste disposal information call 674-7623. There will be a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday March 28, 2020 at the Washington County Landfill to help with your disposal of hazardous waste materials; please visit wcsw.org for Hazardous Waste Collection Day details. Call Republic Services at 628-2821 to schedule special pick up of large or bulky items. The St. George Reuse Center, located at 575 E. Brigham Rd, accepts removed vegetation for mulching; their phone is 435-627-4028. Yellow recycling binnies are still available at the Gubler Park to help with disposal of recyclables.


It almost that time of the year again where residents will be getting their swimming pools ready for summer activities. Remember, chlorinated water is a source of pollution to our City Storm Water System. Usually swimming pools are a major source of chlorinated water. So when discharged into our storm water system, it is toxic to wildlife and fish species. Residents who need to drain pool water need to dechlorinate this water prior to its release. When possible drain the dechlorinated water to land, where it will not enter directly into the system. These simple steps will protect our water quality and have a positive impact on fish and wildlife. Small things like this can make a great difference for the future.


Reopening in February: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 2:00PM —5:00 PM Email: santaclarahistorical@gmail.com

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.


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Kristelle Hill