Minutes of The Special Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

February 8, 2000, 7:00 a.m.



Councilmembers:                                   Vernon W. Jones, Community Administrator

   Roy A. Nikas                                      Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

   Betty P. Wheeler                                Pat Larsen, Finance Director

   Joe L. Piccolo                                     Gary Sonntag, PWD/City Engineer

   Stephen L. Denison                            

   Richard Tatton


Excused: Mayor Lou Colosimo


Others Present:

   John Serfustini


 1.                MAYOR PROTEMPORE - Councilmember Roy A. Nikas


MOTION.  In the absence of Mayor Colosimo, Councilmember Denison moved that Councilmember Roy A. Nikas be appointed Mayor Protempore.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


Councilmember Tatton reported that he, Lyle Bauer and Gary Sonntag met with the Carbon County Special Recreation and Transportation District.  They agreed to give $25,000 to Carbon County to pass through to Price City for the skate park.


 2.                CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS - Discussion


Vern Jones presented a summary of the proposed Capital Improvement Projects.  He would like to add an industrial park to this list.  Presently, there are no areas within City limits that are zoned or big enough for an industrial park, so it would require an annexation either to the east or south.  Utilities towards the south are fairly close.  However, the sewer would be a problem in the east.


Gary Sonntag reported that Anadarko Petroleum has asked for improvements to their watering station.   For the past three years, they have been taking water from a fire hydrant adjacent to Cliffview Cemetery.  This has become a problem because the general location is not good and they have destroyed the road.  Anadarko has asked if they could run a water line up to their staging area where they tie into the main Questar Gas line.  This would be possible except it would come off the end of the system and create pressure flow problems.  The possibility of coming off the 3 million gallon tank was reviewed.  This route would eliminate the impact to the pipeline system.  An estimate was given to Anadarko to run a 6" line from the tank to their staging area, which was their requirement.  It would cost them $50,000 to do this.  If the City were to participate in order to enlarge it to a 12" line, it would cost the City approximately $21,000 in addition to the $50,000.  This was submitted to Anadarko, as well as the cost of repairing the road, which they agreed to do.  Anadarko indicated they expect to have the gas well field drilled out within a two year period and would no longer need the water.  They are looking towards a temporary station below the water tank creating a turn around area for their trucks and looking for plumbing that would allow them to pull water from the tank.  This would cost less.  If the City were to participate in this line, the City would then be able to initiate a line that would eventually be a loop towards Airport Road.  Right now the line goes down Cedar Hills Drive.  Running the line towards Airport Road would improve the City’s system.


The Council discussed Walmart’s proposed plans to build a larger facility and if it would be outside City limits and if so, what the chances of annexing would be.  Vern Jones stated that Walmart has indicated their desire to be located within City limits and if they built outside, they would present a petition to annex.  The Council discussed purchasing the electrical utilities in those areas inside City limits currently being served by Utah Power & Light.


One of the biggest items on the schedule of projects was a new library.  The Council discussed a joint City/County library, and recommended that someone from the County be a member of the Library Board.  Perhaps a county-wide bond could be considered.


Gary Sonntag stated that he removed seismic reinforcement of all buildings from the project list.  He also removed the purchase of a GPS, as he felt it would be more feasible to rent one than to buy one.  He also removed additional personnel to operate the GIS and felt he could work it out within the existing structure of personnel.  However, he would need $5,000 to upgrade and purchase a new GIS program.


The Price Community Center was reviewed.  There is a figure of $300,000 for building settlement in the proposed schedule of projects.  The question arose whether this building should be replaced.


Police car replacements were reviewed.  It was questioned if two new cars should be purchased each year or if it could be one a year or every other year.  Pat Larsen stated that at the rate we are currently replacing them, the oldest ones would be 8 years old.  If we go to every other year, the fleet would be quite a bit older.  Cars would be 16 years old when they are replaced.


Pat Larsen questioned where the Council wants the City’s technology to go.  Do we want to partner up with the County and other entities?  How much do we want to spend on infrastructure?

It was recommended that the proposed project list be continued beyond five years.  Anything that is being crossed off now could be considered at a later date.


It was recommended that the list of proposed projects be reviewed and recommendations be made at the next meeting.  The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 22nd at 7:00 a.m.


Meeting adjourned at 8:00 a.m.