Confluence Park Executive Board and

Technical Advisory Committee Minutes

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 4:00 p.m.

435 N. Main, LaVerkin, Utah


Board Members:

Cameron Rognan                      Washington County-HCP

Paul Heideman                         Toquerville City

Clark Fawcett                           Hurricane City

Ken Hooten                              La Verkin City



Kathleen Nielson                      Grant Writer

Mike Chandler                         Ash Creek SSD

Christy Ballard                         La Verkin City


        I.            Meeting Called to Order:  Ken Hooten called the meeting to order at 4:04pm.


Mike Chandler was going to be late so business items A and B were switched. 


  1. Approve Minutes: 

Motion was made by Cameron Rognan to approve the February 15, 2017 minutes, second by Paul Heideman.  Paul-yes, Cameron-yes, Ken-yes, Clark-yes.  Motion carried unanimously.


  1. Business:                            

A.    History of the Park report-Kathleen Neilson

Kathleen explained the report would be a history of the grants she was able to help the Board receive. 

It was a power point presentation that will be presented to the County Commissioners as well.  


There was a discrepancy with the last Entry Points Grant.  Kathleen explained that usually when an entity receives a grant, the employees of the entity do the work and the labor goes toward the required match.  The County had Confluence Park pay them for the time the County workers spent doing work in Confluence Park, which is County owned. 


Kathleen gave the presentation which briefly explained how Confluence Park came to be and talked specifically about each of the grants the Park had received from 2010 to present.  She explained the work that had been accomplished from each of those grants and had many before and after pictures showing how much had been accomplished. 


Mike Chandler arrived at 4:12pm

The report included each of the three entrances to Confluence Park.  She explained the parking issues with both the Center Street entrance and the SR9 entrance.   

The total dollar amount from the grants and match was $497,430.48. 

Kathleen included a list of future projects that have been discussed in the Confluence Park meeting. 


Kathleen said the Center Street entrance does have a property dispute with surrounding neighbors.  The monument is on private land and the owner put up gate so the monument is not accessible.  However, the County owns the property the gate is on and where the neighbor to the south has landscaped. 


The old power station and milk barn had been graffitied and vandalized.  There was a discussion on how to clean it up and prevent further incidents.    


Kathleen is retiring but stated she would be willing to write a grant or help someone write a grant but someone else would need to follow the grant through and make it work.    


B.     Update on the installation of the Irrigation System

Mike Chandler reported the irrigation system installation is essentially complete.  The District plans to grade the road and bring in some road base.  Once that has been completed they will make application to the County for reimbursement.  The project did finish under budget. 

The District will be drafting an agreement between them and the County that will identify the areas, terms, time and water usage. 

The District will be getting ready to prepare the facility plan for a treatment plant which will go in down there.  The land application will be Type 1 water.  He suggested the Board work with a university or the County Extension Office to have a conceptual layout done.  If the Board likes the ideas presented by the group when Ash Creek SSD is installing their infrastructure perhaps some of that infrastructure could be installed at the same time. 

Lighting throughout the Park would be beneficial for the vandalism issue, lighting along trails and for the District.      

Mike also discussed the number of people with dogs that visit the Park and if the District has goats in the fields, that could be a potential problem. 


Kathleen wondered if running irrigation to the pecan tree area was possible. 


Mike replied the District plans to run a parallel pipe for irrigation water when they run the flow down from La Verkin to the Toquerville pump station.  It is in Ash Creek Special Service District’s best interest to have as many places to put water as possible.  There has been discussion with the Washington County Water Conservancy District to water their property on the west end of Confluence Park.     


C.     Cow/goat grazing

 Cameron reported in the past, there has been a gentleman put his cattle in the fields to help with the fire hazard.  That same person has contacted Cameron for this year.  Cameron wanted to make sure the Board was okay with it. 


The Board was okay with continuing that but wondered if in the future, it would need to be put out to bid.


  IV.            Public Concerns for Board Consideration:

No comments were made.


    V.            Board Members Concerns:

Cameron said a group was interested in having a Father & Sons dinner and camp out.  It would be approximately 75 people with half of them staying to camp.

There was also a request for a wedding. 


The Board was okay with allowing the Father & Sons.  Cameron will let them know where a fire would be permitted.


Mike said the wedding event would be on Ash Creek Special Service Districts property.  He explained where the event would be and where the parking would be. 

Ash Creek SSD was okay with allowing it. 


Cameron reported Lane Blackmore would like to be on a future agenda to possibly revive the land exchange project he had proposed.  He has some additional property he would like to add to the trade. 


Kathleen said she talked to Bruce Bonebrake, who wrote the conservation easement and he said an easement is difficult to change unless the reason either benefits both parties equally or would benefit the County more.   

Kathleen is going to ask Bruce if he would guide them through the process. 


Clark reported Hurricane would like the exchange.  They need to continue the road through the property to give the residents that live there a second option in and out of the subdivision.  


Cameron will invite Lane to give a presentation and invite Commissioner Iverson.            


  VI.            Adjourn:

Motion was made by Clark Fawcett to adjourn, second by Paul Heideman.  Cameron-yes, Clark-yes, Ken-yes, Paul-yes.  Motion carried unanimously at 5:12pm.



Minutes taken by Christy Ballard.

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