Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

February 8, 1995, 5:30 p.m.


Mayor Lou Colosimo


James L. Jensen, L. Lamond Williams, Theressa O. Frandsen, L. Janet Oliveto, Roy Nikas

Cobb Johnson (Public Works Director), Nick Sampinos (City Attorney), Pat Larsen (Finance Director), Joanne Lessar (City Recorder), Vernon W. Jones (Adminis. Assistant), Aleck Shilaos (Chief of Police)

Absent and Excused: Gary Sonntag (City Engineer)

Others Present: Nancy Wood, Kevin Ashby

Mayor Colosimo led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above members in attendance.

1. MINUTES - January 25, 1995

Councilmember Oliveto moved that the minutes of the January 25, 1995 meeting be approved as written. Motion seconded by Councilmember Nikas and carried.

2. KEVIN ASHBY - Graffiti Problem

Kevin Ashby, representing the downtown business association, discussed the graffiti problem. Graffiti is very ugly and if not removed quickly, will invite more. He suggested this be treated as a nuisance and adopt an ordinance that would require removal within 48 hours, or an appropriate time frame. He understands there is a special solvent to remove this, but it is sold in 15 gallon containers. He asked if it would be possible for the City to purchase this and make it available to the downtown businessman. Vern stated that it would not be in the best interests of the City to purchase the solvent and resale it. Mayor Colosimo recommended that the City buy the solvent and give it to the businessman for the first time removal. Councilmember Nikas stated that he had met with UDOT officials to review their policy on removing graffiti on their property, such as the underpass area. They will investigate and follow their guidelines. He recommended sending a letter to railroad asking them to remove their graffiti. The Council agreed with the 48 hour time limit.

3. UTAH CENTRAL CREDIT UNION - Permission To Close Street For Annual RV Sale

Nancy Wood, representing the Utah Central Credit Union, requested permission to block 100 East Street between 1st South and 1st North for the annual auto and RV sale on May 19th and 20th. Councilmember Jensen moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Nikas and carried.


Councilmember Nikas moved that an ad for $165 be purchased for the Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory. Motion seconded by Councilmember Oliveto and carried.

5. BUSINESS MENS ASSURANCE - Conditional Use Permit - Tabled

Councilmember Williams reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the request of Business Mens Assurance (medical, disability, dental, and life insurance sales) to relocate their home occupied business to the BTAC, 375 South Carbon Avenue, and gave a favorable recommendation. Vern Jones stated that in a meeting held today with the BTAC trustees, they did not approve the business in the BTAC building. They will review this and report back. It was recommended that this be tabled until it is resolved.

6. PRICE CHECK AUTO - Conditional Use Permit, Business Expansion

Councilmember Williams reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the request of Price Check Auto, 301 East Main, to expand their business, and gave a favorable recommendation. They plan to clean up the old Day/Night Laundry building and use it to store their tires. Councilmember Williams moved that a conditional use permit be issued. Motion seconded by Councilmember Jensen and carried.

7. INTERMOUNTAIN ELECTRONICS - Change Conditional Use Permit From Temporary To Regular

Councilmember Williams reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave approval for a temporary conditional use permit to Intermountain Electronics because of the zoning problems at the BTAC. As this zoning has been resolved, Planning and Zoning recommends that this be changed to a regular permit. Councilmember Williams moved that the permit be changed to regular. Motion seconded by Councilmember Frandsen and carried.


Mayor Colosimo presented the following travel requests and recommended approval:

Paul Wheeler, Utah Water Users Workshop, March 7, 8, St.


Joanne Lessar, Pat Larsen - Utah Municipal Clerks Annual

Spring Conference, March 29-31, St. George

Francis Duzenack - Utah Chapter ICBO Annual Education

Conference, February 20-24, St. George

James Cordova - Interrogation and Interview School, March

6-8, Provo

Aleck Shilaos - Utah Chiefs of Police Association, March

21-24, St. George

Mayor Colosimo, Vern Jones - Economic Revitalization In

Downtown Business Districts, February 23, Salt Lake

Councilmember Oliveto moved that the travel be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Nikas and carried.

9. RESOLUTION #95-06 - Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

Vern Jones presented Resolution #95-06, adopting Price City's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan, and recommended approval. Councilmember Jensen moved that Resolution #95-06 be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the resolution. Motion seconded by Councilmember Oliveto and carried.

10. BUDGET REVISION FY1994-95 - Public Hearing Scheduled

Councilmember Jensen moved that a public hearing be scheduled for the budget revision for FY1994-95. Motion seconded by Councilmember Nikas and carried.


The following business license applications were received:

A.L. Carlisle, P.H.D., 23 South Carbon Avenue, Suite #20, Psychologist (80.4) $100

Moon Maiden Curio & Gift Shop, 41 East Main, Kim Pattison-Owner, Retail Craft, Jewelry, and Books (59) $100

Corner Corral, 1 East Main, Connie Jess-Owner, Misc. Retail (59) $100

Central Utah Prosthodontic Lab, 23 South Carbon Avenue #18, Andrew Unsicker-Owner, Dental Lab (80.7) $100

Accupressure & Alternative Weight Loss Center, 19 East Main (Rear), April Lynn Riche-Owner, Misc. Personal Services (72.9) $100

Councilmember Frandsen moved that the businesses be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Jensen and carried.

12. CONCRETE PURCHASE FOR 1995 - Contract Awarded

Councilmember Nikas reported that the committee assigned to review the bids received for concrete purchases for 1995 awarded the contract to Cox Rock Products, the low bidder.

13. SOUTH PRICE ANNEXATION - Attorney's Recommendation

Nick Sampinos reported that he and Joanne Lessar briefly discussed the petition for annexation from the South Price residents. He felt that the City should proceed as quickly as possible to get all the information recorded and provide an answer with respect to the petition. A letter was received from Mike Jensen, attorney for Western Pacific Steel, stating that the City's Master Policy Declaration may be defective. Nick is unaware of any problem with the policy, but he will review it and report back.

14. WATER RATE INCREASE - Discussion

Pat larsen presented a new breakdown on present water rates and the proposed increases. An earlier printout did not indicate the fixed flat fee for commercial rates and the step increases. First Security Bank redid the printout, which ended up with $6,000 less. Instead of having $44,000 in excess, the amount will be $38,000. The representatives from First Security Bank recommended a 40% increase on all rates. Councilmember Jensen felt that it is important to have all the facts and figures associated with the water expansion projects for the public hearing. Pat stated that it is her understanding that the public hearing is mainly for approval of the project, and not for rate increases. The City has to prove to the lending institutions that the citizens approve the project.

Councilmember Jensen reviewed the proposed rates, which would increase 40% for the first 10,000 gallons and 50% for overages. Residential rates would increase from $10 to $14 and commercial rates from $11.50 to $16.10. He recommended that commercial rates be rounded to $16. Councilmember Williams felt that businesses using less than 10,000 gallons should pay the same amount as residential, which would be $14.00. Councilmember Nikas agreed. The Council discussed the fairness of this concept, taking into consideration the residential customer using only 5 or 6,000 gallons and billed for 10,000. There is no difference between residents and the businessman. The above increase is still competitive with other rates in the area. Councilmember Nikas reviewed the proposed graduated scale for businesses. Businesses using 10,000 gallons/month would be billed $14. If the business exceeds this, then it would be increased according to the scale, such as $1.73/gallon more from 10,000 to 50,000 gallons, $1.88/gallon more from 50,00 to 150,000 gallons/month, etc. There are only two rates for residential, $14/month for up to 10,000 gallons, and $1.50/gallon for 10,000 gallons and up. He felt that the same scale should be used for residential rates. The person using more water would be paying more. Per the above discussion, is was agreed that residential flat rates would be raised 40% and commercial rates 22%.

Meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.