Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

February 8, 2006, 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                          Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

Councilmembers:                                               Pat Larsen, Finance Director

     Richard Tatton                                              Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

     Jeanne McEvoy                                            Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer

     Kathy Hanna-Smith                                       Nick Tatton, Community Director

     Jeff Nielson                                                   John Daniels, Human Resource Director

     Rick Davis                                                    Bret Cammans, Customer Service Director

Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police


Others Present:

     Conner Jensen                      Kelly VanSickle             Brent VanSickle             Paul Bedont

     Les Bowen                           Heather Myers               Melanie Steele                           Maren King

     Gregory Lowder


Conner Jensen, Boy Scout Troop #283, led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called with the above members in attendance.




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


 2.        RESOLUTION #2006-04 - Budget Revision FY2005-2006


MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that a Public Hearing be held to receive input on the proposed Budget Revision for FY2005-06.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.  Mayor Piccolo opened the Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m.   Pat Larsen presented information on the budget revision.  The General Fund increased $364,000.  Out of that amount, $342,000 is from a CIB Grant for roads.  The Drug Task Force decreased by approximately $20,000 due to a decrease in the grant.  The Library increased $8,400 due to a grant they received.  To get the Main Street Program started, $20,000 was placed in this fund, which came from a grant through the State and Carbon County.  The Capital Improvement Fund increased $377,000, which is all grant money, mostly for the Police Department project.  The Water and Sewer Fund increased $88,000, which is also grant money from the CIB and Water Quality Board.  The Electric Fund increased $270,000, which is from increased revenue.  Unfortunately, the expenditures increased that same amount.  The Redevelopment Agency decreased $29,950.00 to reflect the actual amount received from the County.  One other change needs to be made and that is transferring $10,000 from the Temporary Employee Fund in the Parks to Building Maintenance in the Parks.  The Department Supervisor plans to work on Rose Park and upgrade the Green House buildings.  MOTION.  There being no further comments, Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved that the budget revision for FY2005-06 be approved, that Resolution #2006-04, adopting the Budget Revision be approved, and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the resolution.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the Public Hearing close.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.  The Public Hearing closed at 6:04 p.m.


 3.        NORTHERN HEIGHTS LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL FIELD - Placement of Statues and Purchase of Baseball Field Supplies And Equipment At Toy Atwood Baseball Complex


Conner Jensen, Northern Heights Little League Baseball, requested permission to place two bronze statues at the Toy Atwood Baseball Complex.  These same statues, which were created by Gary Prazen, were on display at the baseball complex during the Western Boys Little League l World Series held last summer.  He is working with Gary Sonntag on a location for the statues.  Cost of the statues is approximately $12,000.  The total cost to place them is $14,000.  He is in the process of contacting big businesses and ads on the radio to raise the funds to purchase the statues.  Mr. Prazen is donating a smaller statue for a raffle.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that Conner be allowed to move ahead with this project.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried. 


Nick Tatton presented a letter from the Carbon County Recreation and Transportation Special Service District indicating that the Northern Heights Little League is requesting supplemental funding to build a batting cage, repair sprinklers and add sod and cement at the same baseball complex.  The District approved up to $9,500 for these projects and requested that the City handle

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the funding, pay the vendors and then bill the District.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the expenditure be authorized and that the Carbon County Recreation and Transportation Special Service District be billed for reimbursement.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried. 




Councilmember Nielson reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for home occupied businesses per the stated contingency on Rainbow Incorporated.


Kelp Crawler Computer and Technology Services - 775 North 500 East, David and Janette Cox-Owners

Rainbow Incorporated - 398 North 200 East, Antonio Juarez-Owner - Contingent upon State approval for the corporation.


MOTION.  Councilmember Nielson moved that the businesses be approved upon the purchase of a business license and per the stated contingency on Rainbow Incorporated.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried.




Councilmember Nielson reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for Conditional Use Permits.


Cedar Hills Dental Care - 230 North Cedar Hills Drive (Sign)

Price Foursquare Gospel Church - 900 North 400 East - One Lot Subdivision


MOTION.  Councilmember Nielson moved that the requests be approved and that Conditional Use Permits be issued.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-smith and carried.


CONSENT ITEMS -  MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that Items #6 through #19 be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.


 6.        MINUTES - February 1, 2006, February 3, 2006


 7.        LIBRARY - Permission To Submit Application To The Utah State Library For An LSTA Grant In The Amount of $7,488.00.


 8.        STEVEN E. MCGIBBON - Conditional Use Permit Fee Waived For Business In BTAC


 9.        TAMARA GRAY, FRANCIS DUZENACK - Travel Approved


Tamara Gray - Utah Parks and Recreation Conference, March 12-15, 2006, St. George, Utah

Francis Duzenack - Utah Chapter of ICC Annual Business Meeting and Education Seminar,     February 21-24, 2006, St. George, Utah


10.        TACTICAL MEDICINE VOLUNTEER - Acknowledgment and Agreement Approved


11.        ORDINANCE #2006-001 - Governing Residential Solicitation Within Price City


12.        EXTENDED OPERATIONS OF MINERALS FROM TAVAPUTS PLATEAU - Letter To Carbon County supporting Expansion and Permitting of Industry Relative To Minerals Extraction


13.        SACCO BROTHERS LAND AND LIVESTOCK - Easement Approved


Fifty foot easement across city property in Miller Creek for purposes of preserving a vehicular access and utility corridor to area property parcels


14.        HELPER ARTS FESTIVAL - Contribution of $1,000.00 Approved




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15.        ECONOMIC INCENTIVES APPROVED - Future Business Leaders of America, Renovation of Newhouse Hotel Property


Future Business Leaders of America Business Class Participants - Conditional Use Permit and Business License Fee Waived

Newhouse Hotel Property - Authorization to encourage renovation


16.        I.S. DEPARTMENT - Permission To Purchase An Upgrade To BMI Electronic Imaging System and New Two Sided Scanner


17.        CARBON COUNTY AMBULANCE GARAGE - 1550 East Airport Road - Development Agreement and Waiver of Guarantee


A Development Agreement to ensure Carbon County will be responsible for the installation of public improvements fronting their project on Airport Road. The submittal of a surety guarantee is waived.


18.        CITIZENS SERVICE PROPERTY OFFICE REMODEL - Stilson & Sons Construction - Change Order #4 and #5


Change Orders #4&#5 address modifications to the project indicating as-built quantities.  Change Order #4 reduces the project $151.15.  Change Order #5 increases the contract $9,818.75, bringing the contract to a total of $453,186.42.


19.        RESOLUTION #2006-05 - Revising Job Descriptions For Equipment Operator I,  Equipment Operator II, and Senior Equipment Operator and Approving Career Ladder


20.        MINUTES - January 25, 2006


The following corrections were made to the minutes of January 25, 2006

Continuation of Item # 5, Page 2, Paragraph 1 - Add AMotion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried@.

Page 2, Item #7, Line 3 - Change AGygi Anderson to Ann Anderson@.


MOTION.  Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved that upon the above corrections, that the minutes be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Nielson and carried.


21.        COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT - Contribution Approved


Councilmember Tatton questioned the amount of the contribution for the Community Playground Equipment and whether the contribution should be an additional $250 or $500.  A contribution of $250 was previously approved in September, 2005.  Councilmember McEvoy stated that the playground committee is comfortable with another $250.00.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that $250 be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried. 


22.        CORKS CLUB AND SILVER DOLLAR - Extension Of Businesses Onto Sidewalk For A Beer Garden Associated With St. Patrick=s Day Parade


Councilmember Nielson questioned the Aextension@ of the floor plan for both Corks Club and Silver Dollar to move onto the sidewalks in front of their businesses during the St. Patricks Day Parade.  Aleck Shilaos stated that the State of Utah requires that these businesses submit a floor plan to extend their business premises.  Before the State issues their permit, the City must approve it first.  Councilmember Nielson questioned if serving beer on the street would be proper during a childrens parade.  Discussion ensued and since this is the first time for such a request, it was recommended that it be given a chance to see if it will promote downtown.  MOTION.  Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved that a temporary extension of the businesses onto the sidewalk be approved for Saturday, March 18, 2006, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Davis and carried by the following vote. 

Councilmember Tatton - Aye                   Councilmember Nielson - Naye

Councilmember McEvoy - Aye                Councilmember Davis - Aye

Councilmember Hanna-Smith - Aye  





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The Council discussed the request of the Fire Chief to add another Department Captain,   increase the duties and salaries of the Captains, and increase the salary for the Assistant Fire Chief.  John Daniels stated that he discussed this request with Fire Chief Paul Bedont and they

            are both recommending that no action be taken and that it be reviewed further during budget sessions.  Chief Bedont presented information supporting his requests.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the item be struck from the agenda.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.




As the City=s representative to the Price River Water Improvement District, Councilmember Tatton reported that he recently attended his first meeting.  The water loss data in the community between the water plant and delivery points was presented for the year 2004-05, which calculated to be 5%.  The loss between 2005-06 was higher at 16%.  There were several reasons for the loss, such as backwash and fire fighting.  The line is being monitored to make sure there are no leaks.  Prior to Price City replacing their lines, it was found that it operated only at 75% due to numerous leaks.  The PRWID plant can handle up to 16 million gallons a day.  However, they have never run it at that rate.  It is unknown if the river could support that.  The project with the Carbon Canal to supply winter water for stock is approximately 95% complete.   The final agreement has been approved by PRWID=s counsel and is currently begin reviewed by the canal board.  The water agreements with Wellington and Helper have been tabled for further review.  The final version of those agreements will be used as a model for the future.  The agreement for the Eagle Cliff Subdivision (between Spring Glen and Kenilworth) is in preliminary stages.  The procedure is that the developer will install the water line.  The developer will be able to recover a portion of his costs to the limit for the next 10 years if others hook onto the line.  The water in Scofield Reservoir with the upcoming summer looks good with one exception and that is the dam project.  As it stands, the Bureau of Reclamation wants the lake down to 15,000 acre feet by September 15th.  Because of that project,  water is currently being released from the reservoir.  That date may change as construction gets started.  The PRWID board has some of the same concerns as Price City does as far as budgets go and have eliminated some of their expenditures.  Due to the high cost of natural gas, the District is going to use their waste oil to operate a used oil furnace to assist in heating their maintenance building.




Councilmember Hanna-Smith reported that the Community Progress committee met on January 30th.  The next meeting is scheduled for February 21st.  After that, the meetings will be held the last Thursday of every month.  New members are Patty Pappas, Helen Oliveto and Melanie Steele.  Long time members are Shauna O=Brien, Patty Rigby and Marilyn Graham.  Occasionally staff from the offices of Gary Sonntag and Aleck Shilaos will be invited to the meetings to assist with their expertise on grant information.  Agenda items will be the ongoing accent tree lighting of the downtown area, city entryways, litter control, and an awards program for outstanding citizen groups.


26.        INTERNATIONAL DAYS COMMITTEE - Update       


Councilmember Hanna-Smith reported that the International Days committee met for the first time on January 31st.  The next meeting is scheduled for February 21st.  There were 15 people present as the last meeting.  All previous events were discussed and will likely stay.  It was suggested that more of an international flavor be considered, such as more International flags being posted throughout the City.  Her suggestion is to keep it lively and active with a couple of new events and keeping the existing events.  A carnival is being highly considered.  She has met with the Police Chief to look at different locations, which might be better than the 500 North location


27.        EDWARD AND DEANNE MCKINNEY, DAVID AND SHAWNEE ARIOTTI - Removed From Unfinished Business


John Daniels reported that after his review of the claims for damages submitted by Edward and Deanne McKinney and David and Shaunee Ariotti, he recommended that they be removed from Unfinished Business.  MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that the recommendation be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.



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Gary Sonntag reported that the estimates for implementation of the action plan for both the short and long range goals pertaining to the Water Depletion and Recovery Study has been completed.  He will provide copies to the Mayor and Council for their comments.  He plans to attend a meeting

of the Water Quality Board and present those action plans along with the related cost.  The decision may be made to prepare an application to the Water Quality Board as well as other boards for funds to implement these projects.  He and Pat Larsen are in the process of following the procedures necessary for reimbursement by the Water Quality Board.


  Meeting adjourned at 7:36 p.m.







ATTEST:                                                           Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor





Joanne Lessar, City Recorder