Council considers sponsorship, easement, welcomes cross-country guest

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CEDAR CITY — At its Wednesday work meeting, the Cedar City Council considered a sponsorship request for an Iron County Children’s Justice Center fundraising event as well as an easement for fiber-optic services across city property. A special guest who has traveled across the country on foot was also recognized at the meeting.

A promise of kindness

A California man who has dedicated his time since 2007 to remembering veterans, current military members and victims of 9/11 was present at the council meeting.

Armand Young has walked from California to New York and is currently walking back to California carrying a shrine made up of 571 American flags and bandannas tied to a bamboo pole. Young asks people to pay tribute to fallen soldiers by making a promise to do a small act of kindness after signing the shrine.

Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson and City Council pose with Armand Young, who seeks one million acts of kindness and signatures to honor fallen soldiers, Cedar City, Utah, Sept. 3, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson and members of the Cedar City Council pose with Armand Young, who seeks 1 million acts of kindness and 1 million signatures to honor fallen soldiers, Cedar City, Utah, Sept. 3, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

So far, the shrine has amassed 599,000 signatures, including the signatures of 500 celebrities, Young said.

“This is the most-signed object in the world,” he said. “I have gotten Rob Zombie and Robin Williams to sign, before he died.”

The mayor and the City Council members all signed and posed with Young, who said he hopes to acquire 1 million signatures and prompt 1 million acts of kindness before returning to California.

Sponsorship and fee waiver

The Iron County Children’s Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that works with abused children, will host a “Dancing With Your Community Stars” event on Sept. 20 at the Heritage Center Theater, 105 N. 100 East in Cedar City. Representatives from the justice center requested a fee waiver for booking the venue, which they would count as a $1,000 sponsorship from the City Council.

Because the next council meeting falls three days before the event, the council expressed concerns that the justice center would be unable to secure the venue and lacked the time to advertise all event sponsors.

“They would be risking putting the city as a sponsor and not knowing if that sponsorship would actually go through,” City Manager Rick Holman said.

The council members approved placing the item onto the consent agenda for their next meeting in two weeks.

The city does not typically waive fees, City Councilor Ron Adams said.

“It opens a whole can of worms and sets precedence,” Adams said. “This ties in directly to the police force. In other words, helping our justice center helps the police department.”

Police officers use the justice center interview rooms during child abuse cases, which presents a more comfortable environment for the victimized children than the police station, he said.

The fundraising event is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m., and admission will be $15. Well-known community members, including Mayor Maile Wilson, Rotary Club President Dolly Trujillo-Wearn, Cedar City Police Sgt. Dave Evans, Hoefling, Wayment & Marchant Attorney Justin Wayment, County Assessor Cindy Bulloch, and Farmers Insurance Agent Jesse Robinson will be among those performing dance routines with SUU Ballroom Dance Company students during the show.

Company easement request

South Central Communications, a telephone company that currently offers Internet and broadband services, has a working goal to provide fiber-optic services to businesses within the Cedar City area.

Information Technician Staff Member Mike Savage presented an easement request to the council that, if approved, would allow South Central to run fiber optics across city properties along the southern portion of the airport.

Businesses within the area of the airport have expressed interest in the fiber-optic service, Savage said.

While South Central Communications’ fiber-optic splice is located off of Lund Highway, the requested easement would bring the connections across to Aviation Way to the southern portion of the airport, he said.

Savage said two private property owners in the requested area are willing to give South Central Communications permission for the fiber-optic connection to cross over their properties.

Savage said the company’s goal is to eventually bring services from the airport and across Interstate 15 to Valley View Medical Center and toward Enoch.

“We would like to be able to serve the entire community and reach out to Enoch,” he said.

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