Series 85021
Cedar City (Utah) City Council minutes

Dates: 1873-1883; 1891-1896; 1900-

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

The minutes of the Cedar City city council summarize the discussions held at council meetings. The city council consists of the mayor and council members, who are responsible to exercise the community's legislative and executive powers (see Utah Code, Unannotated, 1991, 10-3-101, also Revised Ordinances, Cedar City, 1937, 5-50-68). The council, which meets twice monthly, is responsible for all aspects of city management, such as appointing city officials and setting their salaries, levying taxes, establishing a budget, maintaining public services and utilities, and regulating activity within the city. The city council manages city finances, and from 1900 to 1950 details of city expenditures were included in the city council minutes. The council regulates activities within the city, such as traffic, liquor sales, day care, and other commercial activity. Over the years the Cedar City city council has initiated and maintained many community improvements. These included an irrigation system, a slaughter house, school buildings, and a city hall during the 19th century. In the early 20th century, Cedar City erected telegraph lines, established a public library and gymnasium, installed new street lights, paved streets, and built a reservoir. The city council helped sponsor WPA projects in the 1930s and established a fire department. They worked to get a four year college in Cedar City in the 1940s. From 1939 to 1970 the council put much effort into the development of a municipal airport. In the later 20th century the city council lent support to the Shakespearean Festival, the construction of I-15, and the creation of the Iron Mission Museum. They established a planning commission in 1945, to assist in planning city development and in working on zoning ordinances and building codes. They established a redevelopment agency in 1980 to make and carry out plans for revitalizing downtown Cedar City.


Chronological according to date of entry

Related Records

Ordinances from Cedar City (Utah), Series 3759, contain the ordinances passed by the city council.

Expense ledgers from Cedar City (Utah), Series 23505, contain a record of expenses and bills paid by the city. These were itemized in council minutes 1900-1950.

Codified ordinances from Cedar City (Utah), Series 23573, contain publications of ordinances passed by the city council.

Planning commission minutes from Cedar City (Utah), Series 23574, contain minutes of planning commissions meetings, which is an adjunct commission to the city council.

Redevelopment agency minutes from Cedar City (Utah), Series 23603, contain the minutes of the redevelopment agency meetings, which is an adjunct agency to the city council.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public: UCA 52-4-7(3) (2008).

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Gaps in Series

This series contains no minutes for November 1883 to November 1891 or for July 1896 to December 1900.

Processing Note

Cedar City city council minutes were microfilmed at Southern Utah University under the direction of Utah State Archives in May 2001 and were processed by Rosemary Cundiff in July 2001. In processing an earlier microfilm copy of the minutes was deaccessioned.

Finding Aids

Indexes: The city council included an annual list of topics discussed and the dates on which they were discussed. These lists generally appear at the beginning of each year, covering from 1961.

Indexing Terms

  • Licenses--Utah--Cedar City.
  • Cedar City (Utah)--Municipal government.
  • Cedar City (Utah)--Budget.
  • Cedar City (Utah)--Tax collection.
  • Cedar City (Utah)--City planning.
  • Cedar City (Utah)--Politics and government.
  • Cedar City (Utah)--Appropriations and expenditures.
  • Cedar City (Utah)--Officials and employees.

Container List

1 1873 Jan-1883 Nov
1 1891 Nov-1896 Jul
1 1900 Dec-1921 Apr
2 1920 Nov-1937 Dec
3 1938 Jan-1958 Nov
4 1958 Oct-1970 Jun
5 1970 Jul-1987 May
6 1987 May-1993 Dec
7 1994 Jan-1998 Jul
8 1998 Aug-2000 Dec

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.