Mayor Williams presents the key to the city to Kendell Cummings

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Grizzly bear attack hero Kendell Cummings was honored at the City Council meeting on Nov. 1 by Mayor Kent Williams presenting him with the Key to the City award.  Williams asked Cummings, who was sitting with his father and other family members, to come to the front of the room to receive the award.

“When someone does something extraordinary, we don’t have many ways to recognize that. But when we heard what you did and that you were from Evanston, we wanted to honor you,” Williams said. “This has been a life-changing event, for you and for your teammates. We just have to say, the city of Evanston is very proud of you, Kendell. We are an outdoor community and you showed us all what you would do in that kind of situation. We want to recognize you with this key to the city.”

Cummings accepted the key and thanked the mayor and council. Williams then asked Kendell’s father, J.P. (John) Cummings to come up and stand with his son.

Williams handed J.P. a large silver key inside a glass dome and said, “I know what it is like to raise kids — teens — and you have done a good job here. We appreciate you.”

The room resounded with applause and congratulations from the audience and council members. 

Council members also celebrated member Tib Ottley, who after an absence due to illness, was attending the meeting in person.

The only items of business on the agenda were two Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) to be approved. Both resolutions were presented by Attorney Dennis Boal.

The first MOU was with Uinta County Public Health agreeing that the city would cooperate in providing a facility for vaccinations, natural disasters and other public health emergencies. 

Boal explained that the agreement was first authorized in 2015 and now includes Uinta County Emergency Management.

The second MOU is an agreement with the Uinta County Commissioners to jointly fund the improvements at the Uinta County Fairgrounds.

Mayor Williams said. “We have joined with the County to build new grandstands at the fairgrounds.  We will be using ARPA funds to finance our share. This is a one-time partnership, not an on-going financial agreement. It is a good time to partner with the county as we both use the fairgrounds.”

The Council approved both resolutions/MOU and Dean Barker, Director of Engineering & Planning, told the council that they would be advertising for contractors this week.

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