Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

February 9, 2005, 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                          Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

Councilmembers:                                               Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

     Betty P. Wheeler                                          Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer

     Richard Tatton                                              Nick Tatton, Community Director

     Jeanne McEvoy                                            John Daniels, Human Resource Director

     Mae Aguayo                                                 Bret Cammans, Communications Director

Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police


Excused: Councilmember Stephen L. Denison

   Pat Larsen


Others Present:

    Carlie Golden             Robert Welch                Les Bowen                    Bill Howell

    Susan Etzel              Kathy Hanna-Smith        Jeanie Willson


Mayor Piccolo led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called with the above members present.


 1.        CARLIE GOLDEN - Update On CEU Insignia On Wood Hill


Carlie Golden, College of Eastern Utah, reported that the CEU insignia should be placed on Wood Hill by March 19th.  The college would like to schedule a ribbon cutting at that time.  She will continue to update the Council on their progress and will provide more information as the time gets closer.  Carlie also reported that the college was awarded $7 million to construct a new fine arts building.  The new building will replace the Geary Theater and the music building.  This will open up space on the corner for the proposed new community complex/CEU Library building.  The College Commencement is scheduled for April 30th, beginning at 10:00 a.m..  The Commencement speaker will either be Steve Young or Orrin Hatch.  Another project the college is working on is a program called ABuckle Up For Love@ .  This is to make people aware of their safety belts and encourage them to use them.




Robert Welch reported that the Carbon County Local Emergency Planning Committee, which has been around for several years is becoming active.  The committee is trying to coordinate with cities, counties and any public agency in general who is responsible for planning.  The committee  meets on the 3rd Monday of every month.  At the meeting scheduled for February 28th, the health department will be in attendance as well as Scott Mabey, the State liaison person.  This liaison person is needed for funding, as they may have contacts that we are unaware of and funding is needed for specific items.  Plans are to present a table top exercise with the goal being to find any weaknesses and strengthen them.  If a situation arises such as weapons of mass destruction or a chemical spill, we will know how to handle it in a safe manner.  The luncheon meeting will be held at the College of Eastern Utah at 12:00 noon.  Depending on how many agencies we can get together, we would like to be operational by July or August.  Mr. Welch stated that Joyce Daniels has been a big help in getting this committee going again.  The Mayor and Council thanked Mr. Welch for his input.  Mayor Piccolo suggested that Mr. Welch feel free to use Price City staff for whatever assistance he needs.    




The Mayor and Councilmembers presented an update on the activities they administer.


 4.        INTERMOUNTAIN POWER PROJECT #3 - Participation Approved


Mayor Piccolo stated that the City needs to determine if they want to participate and purchase power from the proposed Intermountain Power Project #3.  The City is a partner in Units #1 and #2.  However, the State of California purchased that power through the Year 2027.  If the City contracts to purchase the power generated by the proposed Unit #3 beginning in 2010, they will have to take it or sell it to someone else.  Councilmember Tatton felt that now is the time to commit for future growth and if we need the power, we will have it and if not, we can sell it.   Mayor Piccolo cautioned that this decision ties the hands of future administrations.  So far the City


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has not had to purchase power from Units #1 and #2 as the power was purchased before the units were constructed.  The difference at this time is the power has not yet been sold.  However, the cost of coal and the costs to produce power are not going to get any cheaper.  Nick Sampinos stated that he has reviewed the proposed agreements and they appear to be in order and nothing is out of line.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the IPP 3 Development Agreement and the IPP 3 Development Coordination Agreement be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to execute the documents.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Aguayo and carried.       


 5.         COVE BASIN PARK - Approved


Nick Tatton reported that a community-wide contest was held to name the park being developed around the storm water detention basin at approximately 1200 North 300 East.  The name of the park will be placed on signs and the trail around the site will be developed.  He presented a list of names and asked the Council to select the Awinning@ name.  The person submitting the winning name will receive a prize.  The Council selected all those with the word Acove@ in them.  MOTION.  Councilmember Aguayo moved that the name Cove Basin Park be selected.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.  After the winning name was announced, Nick identified the winner to be Tamara Gray, who is the City=s  Aquatics Director.  It was noted that the Council did not have prior knowledge of who submitted which names. 




Mayor Piccolo presented an update on the lawsuit against the City by the Kirby Vacuum Company challenging the city=s ordinance to not allow door-to-door solicitors.  The Utah League of Cities and Towns attorney is currently preparing an ordinance that will allow door-to-door solicitation with the proper background check.  This ordinance will be presented at a future meeting. 


 7.        CREEK MASTER CONSTRUCTION - Home Occupied Business Approved


Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the request of George M. Cook to operate a handyman business out of his home located at 639 East 500 South.  MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that the business be approved upon the purchase of a business license.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


 8.        JED AND THERESA JENSEN - Conditional Use Permit Approved


Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the request of Jed and Theresa Jensen to convert a home located at 334 North 5th Avenue from a single family dwelling to student/single housing.  The recommendation was subject to graveling and paving the parking lot within 90 days and providing 5 parking spaces, limiting the number of tenets to 4 and a satisfactory walk through by the Fire Marshall.  MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that a Conditional Use Permit be issued per the above contingencies.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.      


 9.        AJB PROPERTY MANAGEMENT - Temporary Conditional Use Permit


Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the request of AJB Property Management to use an empty lot at 300 South Carbon Avenue for recreational vehicle storage.  The recommendation is for a one year temporary permit subject to securing the back of the property with a 6 foot fence with no slats.  MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that a temporary one year Conditional Use Permit be issued per the above contingency.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried. 


CONSENT ITEMS.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that Items #10 through #17 be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Aguayo and carried.


10.        MINUTES - January 26, 2005, February 3, 2005


11.        SWIMMING POOL - Permission To Insert Flyer In Utility Bill For Easter Egg Hunt March 25, 2005


12.        LIBRARY - Permission To Apply For The National Endowment of Humanities Grant


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13.        RESOLUTION #2005-04 - Authorizing and Designating BTAC, Inc. As Price City=s Designee To Develop and Provide The Administration of A Small Business Incubation Program


14.        PURCHASE OF SIGNS, BANNERS AND HARDWARE AMOUNTING UP TO $37,820.64 (Supporting Tourism and The CEU Museum) - Funding From Carbon County Restaurant Tax


15.        TOY ATWOOD BASEBALL COMPLEX (LITTLE LEAGUE FIELD) - Permission To Enter Into Construction Agreements For Concession Stands and Dugouts - Funds To Be Reimbursed By The Carbon County Transportation and Recreation Special Service District


The following contracts were awarded:

East Concession Stands                        Wilson Concrete                        $20,387.00

West Concession Stands                       Wilson Concrete                        $20,882.00

Four Dugouts                                         Wilson Concrete                        $36,380.00

West Concession Water & Sewer           Henrie Construction                    $11,481.00

East Concession Water & Sewer            Henrie Construction                    $  5,618.00

West Concession Wiring                        Pero Electric                             $  2,294.71

East Concession Wiring             Pero Electric                             $  2,294.71

West Scoreboard Wiring             Pero Electric                             $     641.30

East Scoreboard Wiring              Pero Electric                             $     641.30


16.        NEW HIRES  -Laurie Tryon (Building/Planning and Zoning Secretary), Shiloh Tonc (Meter Reader)


17 .      SWIMMING POOL HEAD LIFEGUARD - Permission To Advertise For Replacement




Councilmember Wheeler reported that the Price River Water Improvement District is in the process of conducting a Water System Master Plan Scoping and it is going very well.  It was suggested that Price City, Helper City and the District get together to review the water issues in the communities.


19.        P. HAMPTON MCARTHUR - Claim For Damages Denied


Joanne Lessar reported that the committee assigned to review the request of P. Hampton McArthur to re-evaluate his claim for damages resulting from a sewer back is denying his request for payment.  Mr. McArthur has called and asked that since neither the City nor he was at fault for the sewer back up, if the City would be willing to pay half of the costs and he would pay half.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the Council stand by the committee=s decision and that the request be denied.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.  


Meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.







ATTEST:                                                                       Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor





Joanne Lessar, City Recorder