CEDAR CITY — At the Cedar City Council work meeting Wednesday, the council considered a Medicaid provider agreement with the Utah Department of Health for the Cedar Area Transportation Services, an approval for a classification and consideration study to be done on the city, and was visited by Leland Freeborn, also known as the Parowan prophet.
CATS Supervisor Tammy Nay presented an agreement for disabled people who ride the CATS bus to receive Medicaid.
“In July, Medicaid changed a bunch of its rules and policies and they have new programs going now and as a nonmedical transportation provider we are required to apply for our Medicaid now,” Nay said.
With the application and electronic transfer form ready, Nay said the mayor’s signature on the agreement was all that is needed to finish it.
After doing a survey, Nay determined that in January through June, 176 regular bus riders and 613 dial-a-ride passengers were reimbursed.
The item was tabled for a vote at the next City Council meeting, Oct. 8.
Classification and consideration study
Cedar City Manager Rick Holman addressed the council, requesting the acceptance of Personnel System Services to perform a classification and consideration study in about 60 days.
The study would consist of evaluation of all city positions with comparison to other similar size communities in the state, Holman said.
City Council considered funding to do classification/compensation study for all the city’s positions.
“We recognize that once we complete this, it’s not something that we as a city would be able to address, but it will immediately give us a plan to look at upcoming budget years to make sure our employees are being compensated competitively,” Holman said.
The bid from the company was $28,000, but with the city’s ability to do some in-house work, the company is willing to offer $10,000, he said.
City Councilman John Black said before passing a favorable resolution for the bid, he would like to look at the proposal. Councilman Paul Cozzens asked why the company was chosen.
Holman said the company knows the environment of Southern Utah well. The item was tabled for vote next week.
Freeborn, who proclaims yearly that the world will end, warned the council using scriptures to solidify his claims.
“When the days are short and the nights are long,” Freeborn said. “The shortest day of the year is Dec. 21, the winter solstice, when the snow is on Utah mountains and the days are short and the nights are long.”
He said after sundown, the electricity will all go off not only in Cedar City but all over the United States because of electromagnetic poles detonated somewhere about 200 miles high over the central United States.
Freeborn handed out fliers to the council that advertises his website where help to survive the destruction is available for free.
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