Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting
City Hall: Price, Utah
February 26, 2003, 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 Keith Wight, Human Resource Director
Elizabeth H. Kourianos Nick Tatton, Community Director
Don G. Reaveley, Jr. Aleck Shilaos,Chief of Police
Blaine Miller Davey Cox Logan Banning Jess Banning
Jeff Richens Jared Richens Ken Larson Lane Hoyt
Andrew Quinton Parker Cammans Zachary Barnett Carrie Barnett
Tysen Stevens Ryan Nelson Emily Alleman Sara Morris
Kax Cook Cameron Noyes Brock Morley Ryker Wakefield
TJ Cook Henning J. Olsen Erica Kardelis
Davey Cox, Boy Scout Troop #275, led the Pledge of allegiance. Mayor Piccolo called the roll with the above members in attendance.
1. COUNCILMEMBERS REPORT
The Mayor and City Councilmembers presented reports on the activities taking place in their individual departments.
2. KEN LARSON - Visionary Service Leader Award
Mayor Piccolo presented the Visionary Service Leader Award to Ken Larson, Editor of the Sun Advocate. The tact and commitment that Mr. Larson has shown towards Price City through the newspaper has been very beneficial. The features of new businesses as well as those who have been here for 50 years means a lot to the merchants. Mr. Larson has assisted in making Price a progressive friendly community.
3. SARA MORRIS, EMILY ALLEMAN - Outstanding Youth Citizenship Award
Youth City Council Mayor Jamie Karpowitcz presented the Outstanding Youth Citizenship Award to Sara Morris and Emily Alleman for their leadership and service to the community. They are active in student government, National Honors Society and the Renaissance Club. They assisted in organizing the children=s show at the Helper Arts Festival.
4. PUBLIC HEARING - Capital Improvement Projects - Proposal To CIB
Mayor Piccolo opened the Public Hearing at 5:57 p.m. to receive comments on the proposed Capital Improvement Projects that will be submitted to the Community Impact Board for funding. MOTION. There being no comments, Councilmember Tatton moved that the Public Hearing be closed. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried. Public Hearing closed at 5:58 p.m.
5. MINUTES - February 12, 2003
MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the minutes of the February 12, 2003 meeting be approved as written. Motion seconded by Councilmember Kourianos and carried.
6. RELAY FOR LIFE (AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY) - Fees Waived For Civic Auditorium
MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that rental fees be waived for the Civic Auditorium for a benefit and variety show sponsored by the American Cancer Society to raise money for the Relay For Life event. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
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7. COAL COUNTRY HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT - Building Permit Fees - Referred To
Erica Kardelis, Chairman of the Coal Country Housing and Development, requested that the Council consider waiving the building permit fees for construction of a low income home. This is a joint project between the Housing Authority and the College of Eastern Utah. MOTION. As it is the responsibility of the Redevelopment Agency to promote low income housing, Councilmember Tatton moved that the item be referred to the Redevelopment Agency. Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.
8. WATER TRANSMISSION PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION, #1C-2002 - Condie Construction Company - Partial Payment
Councilmember Wheeler presented a request for a partial payment in the amount of $803,997.27 submitted by Condie Construction for their contract on the Water Transmission Pipeline Construction. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the payment be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Kourianos and carried.
9. PURCHASE OF BLM PROPERTY - Permission To Issue Check
TRANSITION TEAM APPOINTED TO REVIEW CITY NEEDS
Councilmember Tatton reported that the purchase of the Bureau of Land Management property (BLM) was approved in prior meetings. The date of the closing is expected to be March 10th. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that upon a satisfactory review of the documents by Mr. Sampinos, that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to execute the documents and that a check be issued for the balance of the purchase price. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
In light of the purchase of the above property, Councilmember Tatton discussed the appointment of a transition team to determine the best possible use of the facilities by the various City departments. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the transition team consist of himself, Councilmember Wheeler, Gary Sonntag, Fermin Gutierrez, Ken Harney, Suda Merriman, Tam Gregerson, Nick Tatton, and any staff that may need to look at the facilities. Further, that the recommendations be brought back to the Council for final approval. Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.
10. CARBON AVENUE PARKING, MAIN STREET TO RAILROAD TRACKS - Survey Results
Councilmember Reaveley reported that the Police Department conducted a survey regarding the parking issue on Carbon Avenue from Main Street to the railroad tracks. Eight of the businesses desired un-restricted parking and 6 businesses would like to see either 1 or 2 hour parking. Several employees of one particular business are parking all day while they are at work. Gary Sonntag stated that a similar issue was addressed by the Council several weeks ago concerning 1st South Street. It also appears that the businesses on Main Street would like to see two hour parking. In light of this, Gary suggested that a broader survey of those two blocks be conducted. In either case, parking should not be fragmented. What happens on one portion of the street and in front of one business should be the same for the rest of the street. It was the recommendation of the Council that a broader survey be conducted and that the results be brought back before the Council.
11. CASTLE VALLEY COMMUNITY THEATER - Permission To Use City Property To Erect A-Frame Signs
Councilmember Kourianos reported that the Castle Valley Community Theater received permission several weeks ago from both the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council to place a-frame signs for advertising during their performances. Two of the selected sites belong to Price City (Main Street and 1st East, and 3rd East 4th North). The theater is requesting permission to use those sites. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the use of above City property be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
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12. SHADE TREE COMMISSION - Permission To Place Permanent Pine Trees On City Property
FINANCING FOR PINE TREES - Referred To Redevelopment Agency, Fund Raising and Donations
Councilmember Kourianos reported that the Shade Tree Commission would like permission to plant permanent pine trees in the Peace Gardens and at the Public Works Complex. These trees
could be enjoyed throughout the year and used for Christmas instead of bringing in cut trees. Ferman Gutierrez, Buildings and Grounds Supervisor, and Lyle Bauer, Shade Tree Commission would select the type of tree. Councilmember Denison expressed his concern on the placement of the trees and if they would interfere with anything. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the request be approved, that staff proceed with a plan for placement and that their recommendation be brought back to the Council for approval. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
Councilmember Kourianos questioned where the funds would come from to purchase the trees. They cost approximately $25/inch. After the purchase of education materials and the trees for Arbor Day, there would not be enough funds left in the Shade Tree Commission budget. She suggested using Redevelopment funds for the trees in the Peace Gardens plus fund raisers and donations. Jeff Richens, a local resident in the audience, suggested that families may want to plant trees in memory of their loved ones. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the trees for the Peace Garden be referred to the Redevelopment Agency and that the City proceed with the above suggestions for the balance of the funds. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
13. WAVE POOL GENERATION COMPRESSOR - Permission To Purchase Replacement
Councilmember Kourianos reported that the wave pool generation compressor is worn out and needs to be replaced. Quotations were received from four different companies for a replacement compressor. Staff reviewed the quotations and based upon research of the equipment, compliance with specifications, warrantee and reputation, are recommending the Ingersell Rand through Fastenal at a cost of $9,030. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the compressor be purchased through Fastenal as recommended. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried. Gary Sonntag stated that instead of placing the new compressor in the same location in the pit near the wave generation, it will be located in a separate structure where the humidity is lower and can be kept warm. The high humidity near the wave generation equipment is not good for compressors.
14. TINKER TOT PRESCHOOL, J.D. HOME IMPROVEMENTS, VAL=S DAYCARE - Home Occupied Businesses Approved
Councilmember Kourianos reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for home occupied businesses.
Tinker Tot Preschool - 1619 East 800 North, Amy Sehestedt-Owner
J.D. Home Improvements - 59 East Hillcrest Drive, Stan Densley-Owner (Contractor)
Val=s Daycare - 1388 East Sagewood Road, Code and Valerie Lupo-Owners
MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the businesses be approved upon the purchase of a business license. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
15. MISS MOLLY=S PRODUCTS - Home Occupied Business - Tabled
16. BOYD ANDERSON - Excavation and Fill 1400 East 800 North, Conditional Use Permit
Councilmember Kourianos reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the request of Boyd Anderson for a Conditional Use Permit to do excavation and fill work at 1400 East 800 North. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the request be approved and that a Conditional Use Permit be issued. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
17. GENE HOUSE - 150 West 500 South - Board of Adjustments, Request To Exceed 35%
Lot Coverage - Tabled
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18. COLLEGE OF EASTERN UTAH MASTER PLAN - Update
Councilmember Kourianos reported that Dennis Geary, College of Eastern Utah, attended the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting and presented an update on the Master Plan of the college. Everything stayed the same as the last update except that there is a modification in the parking lot. The parking lot will still be located within the CEU block. Mayor Piccolo expressed his concern with 5th North Street and if it will become the City=s responsibility to repair and maintain. Gary Sonntag stated that the Master Plan includes an entryway off of 4th North in the vicinity of 4th East with the exit and entrance being offset from the intersection. He suggested that the college be encouraged to work with the City before this is designed and constructed in order to prevent a traffic issue. Mayor Piccolo recommended that Mr. Geary be asked to attend the next meeting for clarification of the above.
19. SUDA MERRIMAN, JESSE ALEXANDER, TAMARA GRAY, BYRON ALLRED, SHAUNA
FASSETT, MANUAL ESCOTO, SUSAN HYDE, NICK TATTON - Travel Approved
Mayor Piccolo presented the following travel requests:
Suda Merriman, Jesse Alexander, Tamara Gray, Utah Parks and Recreation Association Conference, March 23-26, 2003, Ogden, Utah
Byron Allred - Utah Animal Control Officers Chemical Capture Class, March 20-21, 2003, South Ogden, Utah
Shauna Fassett - BCI=s Annual TAC Conference, May 12, 14, 2003, Cedar City, Utah
Manual Escoto, Susan Hyde - Public Safety Training, May 6-8, 2003, Salt Lake City, Utah
Nick Tatton - Rural Utah Business Technology Conference, May 28, 29, St. George, Utah;
Mountain States Idea Exchange, March 13, 14, Salt Lake City, Utah
MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the travel be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.
20. TERRA SYSTEMS ESCROW AGREEMENT - Approved
Nick Tatton presented an escrow agreement between Price City and Terra Systems, which involves the sale of Price City property located in the Wellington Industrial area. The agreement has been submitted and approved by Terra Systems. They will sign the agreement subject to approval by the Mayor and City Council. Nick presented a rough sketch of the parcel, which is located in the northwest corner of the property. Terra Sysems has agreed to the railroad easement coming through the middle of the property for future development. The acreage that they have future option to buy would be on the south on the other side of the railroad to maintain available frontage on Ridge Road. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the agreement be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to execute the documents. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried. It was recommended that the balance of the purchase price be paid within 60 days.
21. AMENDMENT OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS - Additional Street Dept.
Nick Tatton presented the following Street Department projects that need to be added to the Capital Improvement Projects list; Skid Steer Loader, 2.5 ton Dump Truck, two (2) ten wheelers with dump, two (2) drop in Sanders for Bobtails, 4 X 4 pickup with dump bed, and one ton dump truck with tool box. MOTION. Councilmember Reaveley moved that the items be approved and that the resolution be amended to include them. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
22. CHARLES WESTBROOK - Reclassification
Keith Wight recommended that Charles Westbrook be reclassified from temporary/ft to permanent/ft effective February 22, 2003. MOTION. Councilmember Reaveley moved that the reclassification be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
23. BRET CAMMANS - Pay Increase Approved
Keith Wight recommended that Brent Cammans receive a pay increase of $1.50/hour effective February 22, 2003. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the recommendation be
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and approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler carried.
24. JODEE TATTON - Leave of Absence Approved
Keith Wight reported that Jodee Tatton, Library Aid, is requesting an Administrative Leave for personal problems. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the request be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
25. WATER TREATMENT PLANT AND SEWER DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES - Two Full Time
Permanent Positions - Tabled
Keith Wight reported that the Water Department Supervisor is requesting permission to change two full time temporary positions to full time permanent positions. The reasons for this request is due to the Utah State law that requires treatment plant operators to have a Level 4 Certification. Councilmember Wheeler stated that she would like to review this further before a decision is made. The item was tabled
26. RESOLUTION - Educational Policy - Tabled
Keith Wight presented the recommended changes in the Educational Policy. MOTION. As there were some items that were unclear, Councilmember Denison moved that it be tabled for further review and placed under Unfinished Business. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried
27. PRICE/WELLINGTON CANAL - Update
Nick Sampinos reported that the Price/Wellington Canal board is moving forward to present their request to the Bureau of Reclamation to fund the piping of the canal. There is additional money that is available through the NRCS called Equip Funding that may have a significant impact and effect on the program. It is a lot more positive at this time.
Mayor Piccolo expressed his concern regarding the storm water collection system when the canal is piped. The City will have to have an alternate system to take care of this wastewater. It was recommended that the City start working on this. MOTION. Councilmember Reaveley moved that a conceptual plan and design be started for the 2004 budget ($20,000 for the study and $1,000,000 for the piping). Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
28. EMERGENCY ELECTRIC GENERATORS - Removed From Unfinished Business
MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the item AEmergency Electric Generators@ be removed from Unfinished Business. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
29. EMIL SIMONE - Drainage Problem Update
Gary Sonntag reported that he had met with Emil Simone and adjacent property owners regarding the drainage problem in their vicinity. All of them are positive in their comments as far as working with the City and getting a route to take care of storm drainage. A topographical surveyor has been hired to determine the ability to drain the storm water. The route of the storm drainage pipe will begin at the south end of 4th Avenue through 3 different parcels of property over to the public alley that drains onto 200 North. He will keep the Council informed on this issue.
30. CIVIC AUDITORIUM - Purchase of Heat Pump
MOTION. Councilmember Reaveley moved that permission be given to purchase a heat pump for the Civic Auditorium as a cost of $2,100. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
31. SWIMMING POOL BOILER REPLACEMENT, #4E-2002 - US Mechanical -Partial Payment #1
Councilmember Kourianos presented a request for a partial payment in the amount of $72,198.10 submitted by US Mechanical for their contract on the Swimming Pool Boiler Replacement. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the payment be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
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MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the meeting adjourn and that a meeting of the Redevelopment Agency convene. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
Meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m.
Reconvened at 7:58 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.
ATTEST: Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor
Joanne Lessar, City Recorder