January 6, 1997, 5:00 p.m.
Mayor Lou Colosimo
Councilmembers: Roy A. Nikas, Betty P. Wheeler, Joe L. Piccolo, Steve Bringhurst, Stephen L. Denison
Vernon W. Jones (Adminis. Ass't.), Joanne Lessar (City Recorder), Pat
Larsen (Finance Director),Aleck Shilaos (Police Chief)
1. ANNEXATIONS - Discussion
Vern Jones presented a map of the city and reviewed the boundaries. The latest request for annexation by Mark and Maurine Bingham was discussed. Mr. & Mrs. Bingham wanted to annex their property into the City so that a subdivision could be built. Mr. Jones stated that he understood that the County approved construction of the subdivision.
Vern reviewed the procedures necessary to annex into the City and the half mile perimeter that exists around the City limits. He indicated that before an area is annexed, that the City must demonstrate that they can provide services to the new area without a substantial burden to the rest of the City residents. The Council discussed the property owned by the Critchlow and Pierce families located beyond the City limits in the northeast section of Price and if it was feasible to annex this section into the City. Families would be more inclined to move into this area as it is closer to shopping and to the City. The continuance of a 60' roadway past 8th North was considered.
It is cheaper to construct a subdivision in the County, as the County doesn't require the improvements that the City requires. The City's strict standards prohibits people from building within City limits. The Council questioned if there was any way they could work with property owners to get them to build in the City. If anything special treatment is provided for one developer, then the same treatment has to be offered the others. If the County would require the same improvements that the City does, then the costs would be the same to develop in either the County or the City. It was recommended that Mayor Colosimo and Vern Jones meet with the County Commission to see if they could make any changes that would help the City out, such as changing the zoning requirements to correspond with the City's zoning. It was felt the City wouldn't face any resistance if the areas to the north and east were annexed. Vern Jones recommended looking past the East Price Interchange towards Wellington on Highway 6; another possibility would be south along Highway 10.
The Council discussed the annexation of the Westwood area. A few of the residents in this area have expressed interest in annexing into the City. The Fire Department already serves this area, and the County Sheriff's department occasionally asks for Price City Police backup. If the area was annexed, Price River Water Improvement District would have to turn over the waterlines to the City.
Vern Jones reported that the Utah Supreme Court is in the process of passing a rule that states once areas are annexed into the cities, they can purchase utility services at a fair market value. This means that the City would be able to purchase the electrical service distribution from UP&L in those areas that are in the City. It was recommended that the City look at annexing areas that are not yet developed. It was suggested that perhaps an agreement could be worked out with the County to ensure that improvements are made within the 1/2 mile perimeter surrounding the City. Its a possibility that this area could be annexed into the City within the next 10 years.
Councilmember Piccolo reported that a developer informed him that in order to break even in developing a subdivision with approximately 41 lots, that he would have to charge $20,000 per lot. Indications were that it would cost $10,000 per lot for improvements. Councilmember Piccolo felt this price is a little inflated and that he would ask Gary Sonntag, City Engineer, to check this out and put something together on a projected basis.
Meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.