Cedar City Council, out of this world

Left to right back row: Ron Adams, Paul Cozzens, Terri Hartley, Craig Isom, Enoch Seegmiller; front row: Nathan Cowlishaw, Joe Cowlishaw, City Council members stop to take a photo with Utah UFO Fest creators, Council Chambers, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 27, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — Wednesday night’s Cedar City Council was both brief and out of this world.

During the 20-minute session, the new cellphone use policy to be implemented in the 2016 Cedar City personnel handbook was revisited and a presentation by the creators of the newest event to land in “Festival City” — the Utah UFO Fest — gave a tiny glimpse into “life levitated” in Cedar City come June.

Human Resources and Risk Management administrator Natasha Hirschi told the council and administrators that she contacted the Utah Risk Management Mutual Association to learn what Cedar City’s options would be for insurance premiums.

If a claim is filed against the city and it reached a certain dollar amount, Hirschi said, this is the insurance that would cover the cost.

If the city did not add a cellphone policy at all, she said, it would tack on an additional $3,000 to the overall cost of the policy.

The insurance board at URMMA meets Feb. 11, Hirschi said, and the agent she spoke with agreed to take the matter to the board and discuss what happens if the cellphone policy follows state law or is modified in any way.

The council voted to wait until after URMMA’s board meeting to decide how strictly to word the cellphone policy in the 2016 handbook and add it in later.

Cedar City residents Nathan and Joe Cowlishaw, along with board member Enoch Seegmiller, shared their excitement for the June Utah UFO Fest.

Joe and Nathan Cowlishaw, "The Coleslaw Bros.," present the Utah UFO Fest to City Council, Council Chambers, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 27, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
Joe and Nathan Cowlishaw, “The Coleslaw Bros.,” present the Utah UFO Fest to City Council, Council Chambers, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 27, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

“As a new event, we’ve been going around to a lot of businesses and talking to a lot of businesses,” Joe Cowlishaw said. “And we’ve seen a lot of great enthusiasm and a lot of support and we just think it’s awesome that Cedar City is also very supportive of this event.”

Utah UFO Fest organizers have hit a few financial roadblocks along the way, Joe Cowlishaw said, adding that they could use more volunteer support as well.

With a such a close proximity to one of the nation’s “above-top-secret” military bases, Nathan Cowlishaw said he envisioned Cedar City taking advantage of an untapped tourist market by becoming the “Gateway to Area 51.”

“We’re talking a discussion and an atmosphere that could bring a lot of business here to Cedar City every year as we grow because we’re fresh,” Nathan Cowlishaw said.

Councilman Fred Rowley spoke up, wishing the trio luck, “I think some of the happiest moments of my life have been spent at the Little A’Le’Inn (9631 Old Mill St, Alamo, Nevada). I wish you the best.”

The Utah UFO Fest will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 15-17 at Festival Hall, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City.

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