Council hears hotel complaints, possible funding loss for Upper Limit Aviation

CEDAR CITY — City Council members heard a report from a member of Upper Limit Aviation Wednesday concerning a bill in Congress that could cut funding to the program.

Scott Jolley of Upper Limit Aviation reported to the council that he had just gotten back from talking to congressmen in the District of Columbia about stopping bill HR475 — a bill currently pending in the House of Representatives that would cut funding for tuition to flight programs for military veterans.

This is after an article in the Los Angeles Times last year suggested that Upper Limit Aviation was one of multiple programs that have been abusing federal funding by charging excessive tuition.

Jolley said he spoke to Rep. Chris Stewart and Sen. Orrin Hatch, who both seemed friendly to Upper Limit Aviation’s cause.

The program is also looking into recruiting more international students, who often certify in the U.S. because of cheaper fuel and Federal Aviation Administration training requirements, Jolley said.

Conversation about the possible development of a new hotel in town also continued at the meeting.

Robin Haight, a resident of the neighborhood that would be most affected by the building of the Windmill Plaza resort, asked City Council members once again to make building codes and other resources more available.

“The codes are meant to protect us all, in my opinion,” he said. “We need to know what codes are in place to protect us out there. We’re feeling kind of threatened by lack of information.”

While there have been many issues in previous meetings, Haight did not mention many specifics. He did, however, express concerns that property values would drop in the neighborhood if a resort was built next to it.

Once again, Barbara Imlay’s property was brought up extensively, as it is right next to the lots where the resort is planned to be.

The council also consented to continue the process of annexing 18 acres of land at around 2800 North and Northfield Road.

The council discussed the possibility of donating money from an executive discretion fund for the 35th annual Restoration Gathering by the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah.

They heard a complaint from Karsten Reed, whose family owns a rental home in town. Due to an error, the city had missed that the home was using the city’s sewage services and had billed the Reed family for sewage services since 2002, when the family bought the home.

Since finding the error, the city is conducting an audit of over 8,000 accounts to make sure all homes are properly billed.

The council is also considering allowing an exchange of services between the Cedar City Regional Airport and Schmidt Construction.

Councilman Don Marchant reminded those present of the history of Helen Foster Snow’s importance to the city and suggested working with Southern Utah University to start a program to commemorate her.

There was a public hearing about a Cedar City compensation plan, but no one had any comments on the plan.

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5 Comments

  • Bender June 4, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    The LA Times story mentioned above: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-helicopters-20150327-story.html

    These programs (Upper Limit Aviation being one) exploit a loophole to rake in massive amounts federal money. No way Upper Limit Aviation smells good here. Read the article.

    • dodgers June 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Yes, it’s an abuse of taxpayer money. Let’s hope that Stewart, Hatch and others don’t fall prey to the special-interest lobbying efforts of Mr. Jolley and ULA. I hope the bill is passed and funding is cut.

    • mesaman June 4, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Me? Read the LA Times? Is it printed in the native tongue or English? Is the article written by a credible journalist? Wait a minute. A credible journalist writing an article in the LA Times. Hoo Boy, that’s a good one. But if you believe in bigfoot, ghosts, and UFOs, go ahead. It’s right up your alley.

      • 42214 June 5, 2015 at 11:53 am

        The LA Times is no Spectrum to be sure but I do think it has some good writers. Not Spectrum quality but still good. What a bafoon comment.

        • Simone June 5, 2015 at 1:22 pm

          I will say that, while The Spectrum still has a long way to go, I am glad that they are printing more politically and religiously balanced opinions and less mormon and Republican Party propaganda articles.

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