Clark R. Fawcett
Phone: (435) 635-2811 x111
FAX: (435) 635-4284
The City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City and is appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. It is the City Manager's responsibility to manage, direct and coordinate the municipal services and business affairs of the city including directing the various departments in the execution of Council policies. The City Manager also prepares and presents the annual budget to the City Council for its review and adoption including special studies initiated through the Budget Committee.
As required by state code, Hurricane City financial reports, budget and impact fee information are submitted to the Office of the Utah State Auditor. Click on the Financial Reports of Local Governments link on this web site for detailed information.
The year 2016 has been a good year for the City. After years of planning Grandpa's pond park was finally completed. It is a great park and I see many of our residents using the park. It is large enough for family reunions, and other large gatherings, provides a good place for a quiet walk around the pond, and a great place to take your children or Grandchildren to fish. Just recently the City Council amended the park ordinance to allow residents to walk their dog on a lease around the park on the paths. Many residents have been doing this for years, but once the park was developed it was precluded by the park ordinance. We encourage the residents to take advantage of this but to be considerate of others and clean up after your dog.
Dixie Springs park phase 2 was also completed this year. It now has a large grass area, a pavilion, and rest rooms to go along with the paths and playground. Additional phases are planned but may be a few years off. A group of citizens have requested a dog park section at Dixie Springs. The City and parks department have taken this into consideration. Watch for more information on that in the future.
Utah Department of transportation has received funding for several highway projects within Hurricane City. The most notable one is the completion of the Southern Corridor. This project will pick up the existing road at the junction of Sand Hollow road and SR-7, continue on the south side of Sand Hollow reservoir then turn north just west of the Sullivan knoll and intersect with SR-9 just west of the Canyons RV Resort. The project is in the disign phase and will take 2 -3 years to fund and complete. The other project in Hurricane is study and design on SR-9. The future design for SR-9 from 2600 West to the freeway is a limited access road with interchanges at each access location. While the current funding will not put in interchanges, there will be design and planning done to towards that future design.
The 400 South Street improvement project is done. It is complete with curb and gutter, landscaping strip on the North side and includes bicycle lanes. The next project on the list is 300 North from 100 East to 300 West. The design work is currently being done. The construction will be bid and work will begin during the 2017-18 fiscal year. The city's fiscal year is July 1 to June 30. The street will be complete with sidewalk, curb & gutter, and full width pavement. A larger size culinary line will also be installed that will supply more capacity for future growth. The project will take several months to complete and will require patience from the residents that live there. The end result should be a dramatic improvement and make the inconvience worth it.
We are currently bidding a project to construct a new water tank for the City. This tank will be located on the East side of the Sullivan Knoll west and south of 1500 South. This will provide more storage for the city and will provide for the additional growth that has occurred in the south fields and bench lake area.
Confluence Nature Park
The Hurricane trail head to Confluence Park was completed in 2016. At the north end of Main Street you will find a parking area and restroom. On the north wall of the restroom there is a map of the park. You can stand and look over the nature park and identify the areas listed on the map. There are a number of trails through the park for hiking or horseback riding. There are no motorized vehicles allowed in the park except for maintenance.
If you like a natural area close to the community where you can hike, see wildlife and walk along a stream or river then visit the Nature Park located at the confluence . The communities of Hurricane, LaVerkin and Toquerville along with Washington County, the Utah Department of Natural Resources, the Utah Division of Wildlife, BLM, the Virgin River Program, and the Virgin River Land Preservation Association are members of the planning team. This planning team is working under the following vision statement:
"Confluence Park is a special place set aside for enjoyment and use by people and for preservation, protection, and enhancement of the area's rich cultural history, wildlife and natural resources."
The Recreation, Arts, & Park tax started in 2015. This tax referred to as the RAP tax is beginning to help Hurricane through a variety of projects. The Fine Arts building at the community center was funded for a room addition adding an office and box office for the theater. Inside the auditorium there is a new sound and lights booth, additional light and sound equipment. The difference was very evident if you attended the performance just completed of Aida. We continue to fund the production of two musical productions each year one in the spring and one in the fall. The next one is Catch me if you can and will be coming in April. Please check on the Hurricane Recreation department web site for dates and more information. We are grateful to have such great production right here in Hurricane and at such a reasonable cost. The RAP tax funded a new piano for the Hurricane Choir, provided two skeet throwers for the regional shooting park, funds to help start the Art in the Parks foundation that will be providing some outside art work around the city in the near future. Some money was allocated for the 600 North trail. We hope with this money and some additional grant funds and city crew's work and support to begin a paved trail that will eventually extend from 200 West along 600 North and go out to Grandpa's Pond Park. The route may leave 600 North and go around the golf course and out along the rim above the river in areas as well. We appreciate your support on this project. The residents of Hurricane have expressed a great interest in seeing more trails.