February 10, 1997, 5:00 p.m.
Mayor Lou Colosimo
Roy A. Nikas, Betty P. Wheeler, Joe L. Piccolo, Steve Bringhurst, Stephen L. Denison
Vernon W. Jones (Adminis. Assistant), Pat Larsen (Finance Director), Joanne Lessar (City Recorder), Gary Sonntag (City Engineer),Francis Duzenack (Building Inspector), Aleck Shilaos (Chief of Police)
1. ANNEXATIONS - Discussion
Gary Sonntag presented a current map of the City and explained the 1/2 mile perimeter surrounding the City limits. The half mile perimeter in east Price would extend to Thayn's animal clinic; in the south, it would be the PacifiCorp office; in the west, it would be the 3-way stop at the top of the hill; in the northwest, it would be the Mountain Fuel pump station, and towards Carbonville, it would be the Metro gas station.
If residents don't want to be annexed, they can protest in writing. However, the City does not have to accept the protest, as the public hearing on the 1/2 mile radius has already been held. Councilmember Nikas stated that he felt uncomfortable considering annexing all areas of the City that fall within that 1/2 mile perimeter, as the City has already said "no" to south Price. He feels the City should steer more towards the east and north sections of the City. As far as Carbonville is concerned, the City should probably wait for new development. Councilmember Denison suggested not only taking in areas that are primarily residential, but to consider industrial and other businesses as well. Mayor Colosimo recommended looking towards the south.
Vern Jones discussed south Price and the electrical distribution system now owned by PacifiCorp. The only way the City could compete in this area would be new businesses or buy the electrical system from PacifiCorp. Councilmember Piccolo recommended looking at south Price, possibly even creating a special improvement district and let the residents decide. Let them know how much it will cost. Annexation in this area will have an immediate impact on both the Streets and Police Departments. If an area is annexed into the City that is already established, it is more costly than new development. If an area is annexed that is not developed, there would be no impact on City services until building starts and it is occupied. Councilmember Piccolo stated that if the City is faced with growth, they should plan for it. Councilmember Nikas stated that the City can direct the growth if it annexes correctly with appropriate utility and zoning. Councilmember Denison discussed the industrial development along Airport Road, and if this area should be annexed before any building takes place. Francis Duzenack stated that any development taking place within the 1/2 mile parameter, either commercial or industrial exceeding $75,000, should come to the City and request annexation. Vern stated that if you annex towards the northeast, the east, and towards the Price interchange, you would pick up residential, industrial and the green belt. If you annex towards the Price interchange, you would pick up residential and industrial development. However, annexing the south portion would involve the electrical distribution system owned by PacifiCorp and the private water systems. It would probably be better to pick up raw ground for development.
Meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m.