The San Juan County Chamber of Commerce encourages local residents to participate in the Small Business Saturday program on November 26.
Details were discussed at the November 8 meeting of the Monticello City Council.
Small Business Saturday is being revamped to include a Shop Local promotion sponsored by American Express.
“Those businesses who sign up to participate in the program will be open certain hours, have sale specials and have a bunch of swag to promote the event,” said Chamber Executive Director, Bayley Hedglin.
Shop Local is an annual event sponsored by American Express to promote small local business in communities. Promotional items include banners, pens, posters. balloons, kid’s crowns and pennant strings which the Chamber is encouraging both Blanding and Monticello businesses to display to promote the event.
Hedglin requested space to put up banners to promote the event and mentioned a Facebook campaign which is in operation. She encouraged those on Facebook to “like it, share it and spread the love.”
In addition to the Small Business Saturday event, there are other opportunities to support local business and artisans. The annual Tree for All event will be held in Blanding on December 2 and 3. The Monticello Shop at Home event will be held the following week.
Hedglin added that the Chamber will start a child safety seat program in the future. In addition, she added that funding for the BEAR Program (Business Expansion And Retention) has been cut by approximately two-thirds.
The Southeast Utah Welcome Center in Monticello will offer Christmas Tree permits for $10 each, with up to three permits per person. Permits are offered beginning November 16 and continue until all permits are sold.
The permits are good for the Manti-La Sal National Forest for the Abajo and La Sal areas only. Maps will accompany the purchase.
A business proposal was submitted to the Council to lease the vacant golf pro shop. After extensive discussion, the proposal was tabled, so the proposal can be refined.
A plat subdivision was considered for property at 216 East 100 North in Monticello. The plat includes both commercial and residential elements, so the residential portion can qualify for residential financing as opposed to more restrictive commercial financing. The Council took the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approved the division.
The Council then turned its attention to the selection of the Citizen of the Year. Three nominations were considered and on the second round, the selection was formalized. The Citizen of the Year will be announced at a later date.
Councilman Sanford Randall asked about grandfathered animal rights. City Manager Ty Bailey said that if land with animals rights is sold, the rights can transfer if the rights are actively being used. If the land is not used for animal purposes for one year, the rights are not perpetuated when sold.