Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

February 23, 2005, 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                          Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

Councilmembers:                                               Pat Larsen, Finance Director

     Betty P. Wheeler                                          Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

     Stephen L. Denison                                       Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer

     Richard Tatton                                              Nick Tatton, Community Director

     Jeanne McEvoy                                            John Daniels, Human Resource Director

                                                                        Bret Cammans, Communications Director


Excused: Councilmember Mae Aguayo


Others Present:

     Dana Young             McKet Young                Carlie Golden                 Ann Evans

     Dale Evans               Jay Taylor                     Shane Taylor                 Brandee Fausett

     Joel Johnson            Tom Jewell                    Tamara Gray                 Les Bowen


Mayor Piccolo led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called with the above members present.


 1.        COLLEGE OF EASTERN UTAH - Update


Carlie Golden, College of Eastern Utah,  thanked the Council for inviting them to be in the St. Patrick=s Day Parade.  As the parade falls on the beginning of spring break, she has asked the ambassadors on campus to ride on the float along with the leadership.  The Mayor and Council thanked Carlie for their participation. 




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




Mayor Piccolo presented the Visionary Service Leader Award for February to Mrs. Ann Evans.   Ann is the Coordinator for the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and has become instrumental in numerous community projects.  In addition to her official Chamber of Commerce duties and responsibilities, Ann is involved with economic development, Downtown Alive and Price City International Days.


 4.        CARBON RODEO CLUB - Contribution Approved


McKet Young requested that the Council consider being a sponsor for the annual high school rodeo scheduled for April 15 and 16, 2005.  In past years, the wave pool purchased $500 in advertising.  MOTION.  Councilmember Wheeler moved that $500 be contributed.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


 5.        DESERT SCUBA - Business Dispute - Committee Appointed


Shane Taylor, a dentist and owner of Desert Scuba, approached the council regarding the fees charged to use the city=s swimming pool complex.  He currently has three businesses in the City, one of which is a scuba diving instructor.  He also owns real estate in the community.  Dr. Taylor stated that there is an individual who lives in Provo and commutes to Price to teach scuba diving lessons and uses the city=s swimming pool to operate his business.  He feels that non-residents should be charged a higher fee to use city facilities and local residents should be given special rights and privileges.  This individual uses the city=s facilities, but he doesn=t live in the community and pay taxes.  He asked that the Council change the current fee schedule and charge a higher rate for non-residents.  Councilmember Tatton stated that it would be difficult to determine who are residents and who are not.  Councilmember McEvoy felt that it is unfair to state that the community does not benefit from the Provo individual.  This person purchases gas and food.  Bret Cammans stated that both Dr. Taylor and the Provo individual pay pool fees to conduct scuba diving lessons.  They both represent students from this community.  One of the goals of the swimming pool complex is to draw tourism, not only from the Carbon County area, but other areas as well.  If this activity draws a large crowd, this is what is desired.  Mayor Piccolo stated that if recreational activities increase, it might be time to see if additional facilities are needed so that

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everyone has an equal playing field.  He recommended forming a committee to review this. Tamara Gray stated that outside school districts as well as outside colleges use the swimming

pool facilities.  Non-residents who are in the area visiting their families also use the pool.  Charging more for people who don=t live here would be more of a problem than helpful, as there are so many that come from other areas, such as Moab, Green River, Snow College, etc.  She would estimate that 50% of the people who use the pool are non-residents.  MOTION.  Councilmember Wheeler moved that a committee, consisting of Councilmember McEvoy, Bret Cammans, Tamara Gray, Pat Larsen, and Joanne Lessar, be appointed to review this issue.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.


 6.        POLICE DEPARTMENT - Permission To Relocate To Price City Citizen Service Building (910 North 700 East)


Police Chief Aleck Shilaos reported that a meeting was recently held with the residents in the vicinity of 910 North 700 East, to review the proposal to relocate the Police Department to the Price City Service Building (old BLM).  It appears that the community does not have an issue with this proposal.  A research on the property values indicate that it does not make a difference.  Normally Police Departments are known to increase property value.   There would be less traffic as opposed to some other type of office building.  Moving to the proposed facility would double their space, plus allow the Drug Task Force to relocate with them.  Councilmember Tatton suggested that this proposal move forward to see what it will physically cost to move and where the funds would come from.  In addition, what it would cost to renovate their currently facilities so that it can be utilized.  Gary Sonntag stated that the architect is ready to start his assessment of the Price City Service Building and now would be the time to inform him of the Police Departments needs so they could be included.  He anticipates that the architectural designs should be completed by the end of April with the entire construction project completed by October or November.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the Police Department be authorized to continue to proceed with their proposal to relocate, to work with the architect, and to schedule a public informational meeting.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


 7.        TACO EXPRESS, SCHEFFLER CASKET COMPANY - Conditional Use Permits - Tabled


 8.       ELK RIDGE PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT PHASE II - Conditional Use Permit Approved


Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation for preliminary and final approval for Phase II of the Elk Ridge Planned Unit Development subject to receipt of a Development Improvement Agreement.  This would be for the construction of five lots.  MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that the request be approved and that a Conditional Use Permit be issued.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


CONSENT ITEMS.  MOTION.  Councilmember Denison moved that Items #9 through #22 be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.


  9.      MINUTES - February 9, 2005


10.        LIBRARY - Affiliate Membership Agreement With The National Network of Libraries of Medicine


11.      LIBRARY - Partnership Agreement With Rural Utah Child Development




Suda Merriman, Kent Jones - Utah Recreation and Parks Annual Conference, March 27-30, 2005, Sandy, Utah

Joanne Lessar - Utah Municipal Clerks Association Spring Conference, April 20-22, 2005, Richfield, Utah


13.      JOHN DANIELS - Travel Request Struck


14.        FIRE DEPARTMENT - Permission To Submit Application For A FEMA Grant


15.        WATER DEPLETION & RECOVERY STUDY - Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc. - Partial

Payment #2 In The Amount of $19,820.88


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16.        PRICE CITY CITIZEN SERVICE PROPERTY (910 NORTH 700 EAST) - Eaton Architecture -

Partial Payment #1 In The Amount of $5,250


17.        WATER DISTRIBUTION PIPELINE REPLACEMENT 2005 - Permission To Advertise For Construction Bids


18.        ENGINEERING SERVICES AGREEMENT - Hansen, Allen & Luce Engineering


19.        IS DEPARTMENT - Permission To Purchase Equipment To Evaluate Electronic Reading For Utility Department


20.        MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT - Increase From $.372 to $.402 (IRS Standards)


21.        REHIRE APPROVED - John Rogers, Streets Department Maintenance, Temporary/FT


22.        STREETS DEPARTMENT DITCH MASTER - Permission To Advertise For A Temporary/FT Employee




Councilmember Tatton reported that the boxing club wants to have a boxing event in the park during the International Days Celebration.  Since that request, he has had some feedback indicating that this may not be something to conduct at the park during International Days.  Questions arose as to whether there is liability coverage, whether they will provide security, and if they are sanctioned by a boxing association.  It was suggested that perhaps this event could be held at another location, such as the Elks Club.  Councilmember Tatton stated that he would review this information with the boxing club and bring it back to the Council before a commitment is made.


MOTION.  Councilmember Denison moved that the meeting adjourn and that a meeting of the Redevelopment Agency convene.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


Meeting adjourned at 6:31 p.m.

Reconvened at 6:33 p.m.


Meeting adjourned at 6:43 p.m.








ATTEST:                                                                       Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor





Joanne Lessar, City Recorder