Minutes of the Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

January 24, 2007 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                           Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer                    

Councilmembers:                                                  Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

Jeff Nielson                                           Aleck Shilaos, Police Chief

Richard Tatton                                     Pat Larsen, Finance Director

Kathy Hanna-Smith                             Bret Cammans, Customer Service Director

Rick Davis                                             John Daniels, Human Resource Director

                Jeanne McEvoy                                   Laurie Tryon, City Recorder


Excused Absence: Nick Tatton-Community Director


Others Present: Dana Young, Samantha Gibson, Dennis Gibson, Brian Barton-Jones , Troop 282 Scouts: Kenny Hobbs, Travis Hobbs and Michael White (working on the Citizenship Merit Badge), Steve and Patti Rigby, Sun Advocate-C.J. McManus, Health Dept-Jessie Huff and Mae Aguayo and KOAL-Ryan Falk


Troop 282 Scout Kenny Hobbs led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above Councilmembers and staff in attendance.


1.             PUBLIC INPUT-


Steve and Patti Rigby expressed their gratitude to the Price City Police Department for their immediate response and professional conduct regarding a recent rental property issue they were experiencing within Price City. The Rigby’s are extremely proud of our local police department and their timely effectiveness with this personal matter. A letter from the Mayor and City Council will be presented at the next Council meeting to then be sent to the Police Department to show the much regarded appreciation.    


2.             COUNCILMEMBERS REPORT-Update


                The Mayor and Councilmembers presented an update on the activities and functions in which they have participated.


3.             PROCLAMATION – “Wear Red Event”


Jessie Huff from the Southeastern Utah District Health Department was present to thank the Mayor and City Council for their support with the “Wear Red Event” regarding the awareness of heart disease and women. Mayor Piccolo signed a proclamation for a National Wear Red Day to be on February 2, 1007. Mayor Piccolo read aloud the proclamation as follows, “Whereas, National Wear Red Day celebrates the extraordinary progress in women’s heart health and recognizes that more needs to be done in Price, Utah to safeguard women’s health for generations to come. Whereas, Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women and one in three American women dies of heart disease. Whereas, Women’s health remains a priority for families, communities and government and our commitment to keeping women healthy is stronger than ever. Now, therefore I, Joe Piccolo, Mayor do hereby proclaim Friday, February 2, 2007 as National Wear Red Day in Price, Utah and encourage all citizens to wear red to unite in the national movement to give women a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk of heart disease”.


4.             BID OPENING- Utility Bed, Water and Sewer Department- #3E-2006


This is a utility bed that will be installed on the new cab and chassis truck purchased earlier. The budget is $8000. One bid was received from AG Truck for $7,703.00. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to have the single bid reviewed by Gary Sonntag and to award the bid as necessary. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith. Motion carried.


5.             CARBON HIGH SCHOOL RODEO CLUB- Samantha Gibson and Dana Young


Samantha Gibson presented a request for a donation from Price City to match the previous year’s donation of $500.00. This rodeo is held each year and will be held in conjunction with the Emery High School Rodeo. The dates are April 19 and 20th, 2007 with approximately 500-600 contestants/visitors to the Price area anticipated, which is a great economy booster for area businesses. The Rodeo costs over $17,000 each year and sponsors are necessary.  In addition to the budgeted $500.00 cash donation, Price City has donated wave pool passes that can be passed out to visiting families attending the Rodeo. A sign advertising the Wave Pool would be showcased at the Rodeo. MOTION. Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved to approve the $500 cash donation and wave pool passes for the 2007 Carbon High School Rodeo as this donation complies with the economic community and recreational enhancement of Price City. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy. Motion carried.


6.             PRICE RIVER TRAIL PHASE I- Bicycle Pedestrian Pathway, UDOT Enhancement Funding Application- City/County Cooperative Agreement


A bicycle pedestrian pathway is being considered along the Price River corridor, paralleling US6, from SR10 to the old Gordon Creek road, a distance of 2.1 miles. The County has filed a preliminary funding application to the UDOT Enhancement Fund for the ‘Price River Trail Phase I’.  The long term vision is a pathway and trail from Helper to East Carbon.  Phase I cost is estimated at $1,136,950. The first $625,000 requires a local match of 20% (if the local match is higher, points can be added to the application). The next $500,000 requires a local match of 50%. The sponsor is responsible to match the amount beyond $1,125,000. The total minimum match is approximately $386,950. Once pathway funding is approved it would be available in October, 2007. The design, environmental clearances and easement acquisitions would take one to two years. Construction could be expected in 2010.  The chances of funding approval increase if a greater local match is proposed. If a 40% match is considered, the total maximum match is approximately $454,780.00. The City had applied for funding along a portion of the same pathway route three years ago and was turned down. This would also add points to the application. It is contemplated that the City and County would work together on this project. Due to the location of this pathway segment in Phase I (approx. 50% is in or next to the City), the City would take over sponsorship of the UDOT Enhancement funding application. The City and County would participate in the local match. The maintenance of the pathway would be worked out through a City/County cooperative interlocal agreement. Summary: The City would take over sponsorship of the project. The City would enter into a cooperative agreement with the County to share the matching fund requirement and pathway maintenance. Brian Barton of Jones & DeMille Engineering commented as to the importance of this project in regards to ranking with the UDOT Enhancement Funds committee. The total budget involves the construction, design, survey, and right-of-way for the trail. The funding for weed elimination is not related to the Cities sponsorship and not part of any additional funding from Price City. Mr. Barton isn’t aware of any opposition for this project at this time. Price City has received letters of support from the Utah Local Conservation Unit, Active Re-entry, the Southeastern Utah Health District, PASS Bicycle Association and the local office of the Utah Department of Transportation. This project will be ADA accessible. Mayor Piccolo and members of the Council are in agreement with this project and do not anticipate this will create a fiscal problem as there are two years to prepare for this project at the 40% match level. The matching funds could come from different funding possibilities such as the Community Impact Board. The County is currently working with Jones and DeMille Engineering as they are a qualified professional engineering group that has been chosen from other applicants through a qualification based selection process with the County. MOTION. Councilmember McEvoy moved to authorize the Mayor to sign and submit the application tonight on behalf of Price City as it is due February 1, 2007. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith. MOTION. Councilmember McEvoy moved to aauthorize the preparation and presentation of a cooperative agreement and to share the matching fund requirement and pathway maintenance with Carbon County. Seconded by Councilmember Davis and carried. 


7.             GENERAL ENGINEERING SERVICES AGREEMENT- Jones & Demille Engineering


The County is currently working with Jones and Demille Engineering of Richfield, Utah. They were selected from other applicants through a professional services qualification based process. They have been working on the County’s OHV trail from Scofield to Nine Mile Canyon.  Jones and Demille Engineering prepared and filed the preliminary UDOT Enhancement funding application on the ‘Price River Trail Phase I’ project. Whereas, the City would take over the sponsorship of the UDOT Enhancement project and application, it would be prudent for the City to continue using their services. In order to accomplish this, a General Engineering Services Agreement has been prepared. It is anticipated that they may be used on other trails projects the City is working on. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to approve the agreement subject to completion of a final legal review from the Price City Attorney. Motion seconded by Councilmember Nielson and carried. 


8.             UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AGREEMENT-US 6 Colton Bridge- City Water Line Replacement


The Utah Department of Transportation is preparing to work on the US6 Colton Bridge. The City’s 18” water transmission pipeline line, a 400’ length of pipe (approx. 65 years old), will be impacted by the project and needs to be replaced. An estimated cost of $118,200 was submitted as the City’s expense for the design and construction of the water pipeline replacement. UDOT has submitted an Agreement for the City’s approval identifying the project requirements and stipulations for reimbursement. The actual labor will be contracted out by bidding process and will be reimbursed by UDOT. Gary Sonntag read from page 3 of the said agreement, “The City shall be reimbursed by UDOT for the actual costs incurred by the City as estimated; the City furnished an estimate of costs for waterline relocations to UDOT under the date of October 23, 2006, in the amount of $118,200.00. The estimate is based upon the price of materials and labor current as of the date of said estimate. The estimate does not account for increases due to unknown and unforeseen hardships in accomplishing the work. The costs are estimates only and reimbursement will be made on the basis of actual cost incurred.” MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to authorize the agreement to be signed by Mayor Piccolo on behalf of Price City. Motion seconded by Councilmember Nielson. Motion carried.


9.             HANSEN, ALLEN & LUCE ENGINEERING- Addendum to General Engineering Services Agreement


                It is proposed that Hansen, Allen & Luce Engineering provide services for design and construction engineering on the UDOT Colton Bridge City pipeline replacement. The estimated cost for these services is $34,200. The City will be reimbursed for the cost of engineering by the UDOT. The City’s current Engineering Service Agreement with Hansen, Allen & Luce allows for Special Projects that are an addendum to the Agreement. Due to the complexity and cost of this project it is being submitted to the Council for approval. This special project will be paid from an account separate from the Engineering Department professional services budget.  MOTION. Councilmember Nielson moved to approve this special service agreement for Hansen Allen and Luce Engineering. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton. The motion was revised upon further discussion. MOTION. Councilmember Nielson moved to approve this task order for this special project service agreement. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton. Motion Carried.




10.           The January 22, 2007 Planning and Zoning Meeting was cancelled due to a lack of agenda items.


CONSENT ITEMS- MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that items #11 through #19 be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Nielson and carried.  


11.           MINUTES-

                     January 10, 2007 City Council Meeting

                     January 10, 2007 Price Community Development and Renewal Agency Meeting


12.           FINANCE DEPARTMENT- Approval of Half Year Fund Transfers


13.           PARK DEPARTMENT- Purchase of Grasshopper High Speed Mower and Four Commercial Grade Stihl Gas Weed Trimmers.


14.           RESOLUTION 2006-21 -Cemetery Fees – Ratified for Change of Fees


15.           CEMETERY CODE- Establishing a New Code for the Price City Cemetery


16.           MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING- Price City Fire Department and the Utah State Division of Lands and Forestry-Mutual Aid Agreement and Restitution


17.           COUNCIL ASSIGNMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES- Mid-term Re-appointment Request:


                Councilmember Rick Davis- Re-appointed to Pool Policy

                Councilmember Kathy Hanna-Smith - Re-appointed to Culture Connection


18.           PUBLIC HEARING- Authorized to Hold a Public Hearing at 6 p.m. on February 14th, 2007 for a Budget Revision


19.           GROUNDS MAINTENANCE- Permission to Continue with Choices, Inc. for the Grounds Maintenance and Care with the Expansion of Services to the Police Department and Public Works


20.           OIL AND GAS LEASE- Ratify the Oil and Gas Lease with Associated Resources Inc.


The Oil and Gas Lease with Associated Resources Inc. was approved at the last City Council meeting. A discrepancy was discovered in the legal description requiring deletion of one parcel (20 acres). This deletion resulted in the necessity of creating a new lease with the same terms and conditions but with the deletion of the 20 acre parcel. The mineral rights leased now comprise of 298.92 acres, rather than the original 318.92 acres. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to acknowledge and approve the lease and authorize the Mayor and City Recorder to sign the amended lease. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith. Motion carried.


21.           BUSINESS LICENSE- Approve the Business Licenses for TLY, LLC-Fairhaven Mobile Home Park and Cory’s Window Washing Service. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to approve the business licenses for the two listed businesses. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy. Motion carried.


22.           TRAVEL REQUEST-


                Brandon Sicilia, SWAT Training, Utah Department of Public Safety- April 15-21, 2007

                Shauna Fassett, BCI TAC Conference, Bureau of Criminal Identification, Cedar City, May 22-24, 2007.


                MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to approve the travel requests with verification of the meals necessary for Brandon Sicilia’s training. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.                         


23.           PRWID Update by Councilmember Tatton


Helper Sewer Outfall Line Update- PRWID has discovered that Helper City’s south boundary line is further south than was previously indicated.  PRWID will install the new sewer line but in order to retain ownership PRWID needs to receive future hookup and sewer service fees on that portion in the city limits. On an agreement for the sale of water to Helper, it was decided by PRWID to set the rate and not enter into a separate agreement.  The Helper Interchange is going well, with about 900’ of the PRWID water line laid as of January 16th. It will be at least another 60 days before the sewer line and water lines are completely installed. Scofield Dam levels will be held to the 53,500 acre foot level again this year with possible bids going out at a later time for the concrete repair work.


24.           POWER BOARD Update by Councilmember Tatton


                The next Power Board meeting is on January 30th , 2007


25.           COMMUNITY PROGRESS Update by Councilmember Hanna-Smith


The next Community Progress meeting is scheduled for January 25th, 2007. The issue regarding garage/yard sale signs being placed on telephone poles, stop signs and other signs around Price City will be carefully reviewed before approaching the community. There is a Price City ordinance already in place that prohibits this activity. Rockland Music will be the first business in Price to receive the award for the most improved exterior to a building.


26.           COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND Update by Councilmember McEvoy


The engraved bricks will be here in approximately twelve weeks for installation. The kiosk that will display the many names for donations will soon be designed. It may take two, 24” x 30” signs to display all of the names properly. The dedication date of September 16, 2006 will also be added to the signs as the date of opening. It may be useful to use the various leftover material items for the signs to match the playground equipment. Donations are no longer being accepted. Councilmember McEvoy indicated that it is too late to order the bricks, pickets or benches due to the ordering requirements which have been set. There may be other ways to be involved with donations such as a statue that will be displayed at a later date.            



Emil Simone - 11-05 - Update -The Price City Building Inspector will be contacted for an update on the matter.

Buck and Claudia Moynier-Road - 7/06 - Update - Gary Sonntag will be contacted for an update on the matter.

Meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.





                                                                                                            Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor



Laurie Tryon, City Recorder