Minutes of the
City Hall: Price,
Mayor Joe Piccolo
Others in attendance: Laurie Tryon, Patricia Cook, Gary Latour, Jim Peterson, Levon Grundvig, Ceceilia Moore, Amedeo Beacco, Dennis Cole, Dot Cole, Juergen Kaehl
Excused: Public Works Director,
Mayor Piccolo led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above members in attendance.
1. RESOLUTION #2006-12- Adoption of Budget For Fiscal Year 2006-07
MOTION was made to hold a Public Hearing by Councilmember Kathy
Hanna Smith to receive comments on the proposed Budget for Fiscal Year
2006-2007. Motion seconded by Councilmember
Mayor Piccolo opened the Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m.
Jim Peterson, 735 E. 800 N. Mr. Peterson referred to the
(last sentence) in the letter from
As co-chairman of the Power Board, Councilmember Tatton
stated that research was conducted on the electric fund and how to deal with
the upcoming UP&L raise increases. The conservation rate wasn’t designed to
try and save electricity, but to keep the city going for revenue. The original
proposal was for a straight rate increase, then a concern
was raised. The people using power in a lower bracket of 400 KWh were impacted
harder due to lower income.
Jim Peterson. When UP&L increases come will the residents rates increase again?
Councilmember Tatton doesn’t know at this point how much the increase will be or how the contract negotiations will affect the rates. Other cities under the same contract have already had the rate increase.
Councilmember McEvoy- UP&L sets their rates on the
amount of demand power being used. If the demand from consumers is kept at a
low, the rates for
given a lower rate. We need to conserve our power for the City rates to go down in order to pass the savings on to consumers.
Jim Peterson. Newer homes have refrigerated air etc., using more power than the smaller homes which increases demand for power. The rate increases from demand usage will effect everyone from the demand use in the larger, new homes.
Councilmember Tatton.The dollar
impact on individual rate payers per household has been evaluated by
Mayor Piccolo. Everyone in
Jim Peterson. The cut off base for those not over using power are cheated out of the use of refrigerated air because larger homes are doubling up on everything and they don’t care.
Mayor Piccolo. Those larger homes will be paying 20- 25% more than 400 kWh users. The conservation plan will work for those conserving energy.
Gary Latour-665 S. 100 E. Mr. Latour referred to the letter sent regarding the electric fund. He feels that if the electric fund is doing well, then why is money being transferred to the general fund? Why do we have to increase one fund to cover another if they are making money? Another concern Mr. Leture had was the electric step rate and its new structure. Everyone uses electricity because they need it in some way or another, lower income households just can’t afford the higher rates as well as others, but still need the same amenities. Income doesn’t usually keep up with the higher rates and expenses of the economy. The lower income users should get lower rates and depending on how the new rate schedule works- it could be a good thing.
Piccolo. The electrical fund has always been an enterprise fund for
Councilmember Tatton-The General Fund money needs to stay where it is for unforseen things.
Gary Latour-It looks like there is excess money in the electric fund, but why is there such an excess? How do visitors pay for this when they come to town?
Mayor Piccolo- We would have to raise money from somewhere
else to cover the money needed to run the city. If we did not do this exchange,
we would have to cancel all Capital Projects or lay off employees. Layoffs
would then decrease the services received from
Councilmember Hanna-Smith. The job of the Mayor and Council is to represent the people and to come up with ideas through hours of research to cover the expenses for the City and its budget. We had to decide how to keep facilities open and running without passing on an increase. As a board we want everyone to know that this is a moderate increase and we were not trying to make it difficult for citizens. The increases are not deliberate we are just trying to keep up with costs.
Gary Latour. Here to receive clarification on the letter. He understands the issues but had concerns and needs answers. He is truly appreciative of everything the City does for its citizens.
Cecilia Moore-430 E. 300 N.Ms. Moore referred to a water line on 100 North in Price that is over 100 years old. It only has 30-40 pounds of pressure for its citizens, which is not acceptable. She has had plumbers and a city employee looking into the issue in years pass but the problem is still there.
Mayor-This is news to all of us and the matter will receive attention. He will look into the issue and see what improvements can be made.
Councilmember McEvoy. She lives on First West and is glad Ms. Moore came forth.
Dennis Cole-1720 E. 500 So. Mr. Cole referred to the electric utility rates. He would like to know if part of increase is to cover employees wages and benefits for employees. Are the City’s increases at a 3-4% rate for employees as they are for others living in the City?
Mayor Piccolo. The
3-4% cost of living is the same for
Davis. If an employee leaves
Ms. Moore. Her neighbors’ ditch/gutter is deep and filled with debris. She has called many times for a clean up crew, but no one shown up.
Mayor Piccolo. Will look into the problem if it is on City property.
Amedeo Beacco-303 W. Railroad Ave.Regarding the increase on sewer; is there an increase from PRWID?
Mayor Piccolo. Rates are increased to keep up with sewer/water replacements, fixing pipes, and maintaining sewer lines within the city.
Councilmember.Tatton. We used to pay the rate that PRWID
requested but the Mayor worked towards reducing this because it wasn’t fair to
Amedeo Beacco- Are the Commercial users rate going up and does the general public absorb costs? Will the rate increase put a damper on builders expanding businesses in the Price area?
Councilmember Tatton. We don’t want to discourage people and
businesses coming into
Amedeo Beacco-If rates are too high we cut our own throats and don’t allow big businesses to build in Price.
Juergen Kaehl-100 So. 576 E. Many large trucks traveling along 100 So have caused the asphalt to sink and possible damage to water line. The trucks should be prohibited from the street due to the large holes and dips in the road. He asked, “why are we using culinary water instead of secondary
water to water outside”.
Mayor Piccolo. This project would be very expensive and unfortunately, we do not have the funds to
construct it at this time. Funds to support this project would need to
come from the water users. A water user could be charged an additional $40.00/
a month similar to what
Councilmember Tatton. Everyone is working on getting funding from the government for these types of projects.
Juergen Kaehl. We are wasting culinary water using it for irrigation purposes. If the irrigation water was pressurized, it would be more efficient.
Mayor Piccolo. We don’t have the funds for this type of project or other projects such as to complete curb, sidewalks and gutter all over town. We would support secondary water projects if the funds were in the budget.
Dot cole-1720 E. 500 S. The intersection light at approximately 260 So. Highway 55 near Wal-mart stays on too long.
MOTION: Councilmember Tatton moved that the Public Hearing be closed. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy. Motion Carried. The Public Hearing closed at
MOTION: Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved that Resolution 2006-12 Adopting the Budget for the Fiscal Year 2006-07 be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the Resolution. Further, that the Certified Tax rate of .002543, increasing property tax revenue by $24,000 for a total of $664, 195.00 be approved. Seconded by Councilmember Tatton. Motion carried.
2. CITY SANITATION REFUSE CONTRACT - Authorization to extend contract
Mayor Piccolo reported that he met with owners of City
Sanitation regarding the extension of the refuse collection contract that
MOTION:Councilmember Tatton moved that the meeting adjourn and that a meeting of the Redevelopment Agency convene. Motion seconded by Councilmember Nielson and carried.
Meeting adjourned: Reconvened at
Meeting adjourned at
Laurie Tryon, (acting) City Recorder