Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting
City Hall: Price, Utah
March 13, 2002, 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 Kourianos Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police
Don H. Reaveley, Jr.
Colleen Quigley Steve Rigby Alison Marrelli Patti Rigby
Erik Rasmussen Art Rasmussen Joanna Bjork Jennifer Bedont
Michael Rigby Derrell Rigby Tam Gregersen Paul Harvey
Leonard Lyman Sam White Ward Pierce Kent Boyack
J. S. Mathis Shawna Railsback Mary Jeanne Potter Kitani King
Mayor Piccolo led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above members in attendance.
1. KEN LARSON - Activities And Events During Price Main Street Reconstruction
Ken Larson, Sun Advocate Editor, discussed his suggestions on activities and events (block parties) that could occur during reconstruction of Main Street from Carbon Avenue to 3rd East. These events would be held on Saturdays to encourage as many people as possible to visit the downtown area and offer reduced food, entertainment, special in-store sidewalk sales, etc. He will work with the businesses on advertisements, such as where to park during the reconstruction, how to access the “back doors” of businesses, where the celebration locations are, and encourage people to “walk” to the businesses. Councilmember Tatton recommended using the Peace Gardens as the center of the activities, and that the fees associated with the use of the Peace Gardens be handled through Community Progress. Mayor Piccolo and the Council thanked Mr. Larson for his efforts.
2. COUNCILMEMBERS REPORT - Update On Individual Departments
The Councilmembers presented updates on the activities taking place in their individual departments.
3. COLLEEN QUIGLEY WOMEN’S CENTER - Donation Of Olympic Banners
Colleen Quigley requested that the Council consider donating the Olympic banners to the Colleen Quigley Women’s Center. They would auction or sell the banners to the public with the proceeds used to assist victims of domestic violence. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the original Olympic Flag committee reconvene and that they make a recommendation back to the Council whether to make the donation and if so, in what quantity. Motion seconded by Councilmember Kourianos. The committee consists of Mayor Piccolo, Councilmember Tatton, Gary Sonntag, and Karon Mills from the Chamber of Commerce.
4. YOUTH CITY COUNCIL - Mud Volleyball Fund Raiser, Presentation of Awards
Joanna Bjork, Youth City Council Mayor, requested permission to sponsor a mud volleyball event as a fund raising project and discussed a possible location to hold the contest. Gary Sonntag recommended using the area near the storm water detention basin at the top end of Third East or Terrace Hills Park. They would like to hold this event in May towards the end of school or in June. They would also like to hold a barbecue and dance at the Washington Park pavilion following the volleyball contest. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the volleyball, barbecue, and dance events be approved and that the rental fees for the pavilion be waived. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried. Ms. Bjork will work with Gary Sonntag on a location for the volleyball event.
Ms. Bjork presented awards to Alison Marrelli and Terrance D’Ambrosio for their involvement in starting the Bookcliff Newsletter in conjunction with the Helper City Library. She thanked Jennifer Bedont, Shawna Railsback and Katani King, members of the Youth City Council for their help and support on this project.
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5. SAM WHITE - Travel Report
Sam White, Public Utilities Supervisor, presented a report on the Rural Water Conference. He and Ron Brewer attended this annual training conference which was held in St. George. He also reported that Billy Wardle attended a 40 hour Backflow Training Course at Utah Valley State College and received his re-certification as a Utah Backflow Technician. Sam pointed out the benefits of attending the Rural Water Conference as well as the benefits of having certified technicians.
6. MINUTES - February 25, 2002
MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the minutes of the February 25, 2002 meeting be approved as written. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
7. MINUTES - February 27, 2002 - Special Meeting
MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the minutes of the February 27, 2002 special meeting be approved as written. Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.
8. MINUTES - February 27, 2002 - Regular Meeting
MOTION. Councilmember Reaveley moved that the minutes of the February 27, 2002 regular meeting be approved as written. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
9. MINUTES - March 4, 2002
MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the minutes of the March 4, 2002 meeting be approved as written. Motion seconded by Councilmember Kourianos and carried.
10. MINUTES - March 6, 2002
MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the minutes of the March 6, 2002 meeting be approved as written. Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.
11. PUBLIC HEARING - Proposed West Price Re-Zone SF12 to CD - Approved
Mayor Piccolo opened the Public Hearing at 6:11 p.m. to receive comments on the proposed rezoning of West Price from an SF12 to a CD. Councilmember Tatton reported that the area requested for rezoning is located off of Westwood Boulevard near the current medical complex located along Fairgrounds Road. MOTION. There being no further comments, Councilmember Kourianos moved that the rezoning request be approved and that the Public Hearing be closed. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried. Public Hearing closed at 6:12 p.m.
12. BID OPENING - Water Treatment Plant Sodium Hypochlorite Generation System -
The following bids were received for the Water Treatment Plant Hypochlorite Generation System:
Severn Trent Services, Campbell, California $66,500.00
Miox Corporation, Albuquerque, New Mexico $98,715.00
MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that a committee, comprised of herself, Councilmember Denison, Sam White, Gary Sonntag, and Ron Brewer, be appointed to review the bids and given the power to act. Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.
13. RESOLUTION #2002-06 - Assignment and Transfer of Peak Cablevision to Precis Communications, LLC
Paul Harvey, representing Peak Cablevision, reported that Precis Communications, LLC is purchasing all the assets of Peak Cablevision. He requested that the franchise that Peak Cable has with Price City be transferred to Precis Communications. Nick Sampinos reported that he has reviewed Resolution #2002-06, which assigns and transfers Peak Cablevision to Precis Communications, and recommends approval. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that Resolution #2002-06 be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign
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the resolution. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
14. WIRELESS LAN NETWORK - Permission To Prepare Specifications For Proposal
Police Chief Aleck Shilaos reported that some time ago, he received a grant to upgrade the Police Department computer system. Part of that grant was to purchase lap tops for police cars. After reviewing other local law enforcement agencies, it became apparent that in our community, lap tops would only give minimum benefit without internet access from police cars. He determined that Price City could have a Wireless LAN Network, which connects all the computers together through radio waves instead of wires. Although this is not a budgeted item, he requested permission to prepare specifications and request proposals to develop a citywide wireless network. Estimated costs are approximately $30,000. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
15. SPECTRUM PAINT SUPPLY - Conditional Use Permit
Councilmember Kourianos reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the request of Art Rasmussen to operate a paint supply business at 80 South 100 West contingent upon inspection and approval by the Fire Chief. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the request be approved and that a Conditional Use Permit be issued per the above contingency. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
16. FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION GRANT - Permission To Apply
Fire Chief Kent Boyack requested permission to apply for a grant through the Federal Emergency Management Association. He would like to apply for a compressed air foam system to be retrofitted on their 1992 fire truck. Estimated cost is $45,000 - $50,000. The City would have to match 10% of this. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.
17. BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT BUILDING PURCHASE - Approved
Councilmember Tatton reported that he and Mayor Piccolo met with the Bureau of Land Management to discuss the purchase of their building. The BLM felt that the appraisal conducted in the year 2000, which indicated a value of $232,100, was outdated and that they needed a new appraisal. The new appraisal was completed in January, 2002, which reflected a new value of $368,000. The local BLM office, with their Property Specialist, Mark Mackiewicz, and Tom Rasmussen, Acting Field Manager, challenged their regional office and came up with an amount of $270,000. He and Mayor Piccolo were informed that the BLM uses an independent real estate firm of Western Resources Management. Western Resources Management wants a real estate commission paid by Price City. The indication given by the BLM and consented by himself and Mayor Piccolo, was that Western Resources had not followed through in arranging the sale of this piece of property. The BLM felt that the $13,000 figure requested by Western Resources Management could be reduced.
Mayor Piccolo suggested one of the programs that the BLM has, which would be the direct gift to the City of this property. This was not offered, as the proceeds from the sale of this property would be used to purchase ground for the endangered species in Southern Utah. As such, the BLM does not have the justification to donate the property. During the conversation, Tom Rasmussen indicated that their fire crews are currently using the easterly end of the BLM property. Mr. Rasmussen discussed the possibility of the City leasing to the BLM that parcel of property for a fair market value.
Councilmember Tatton stated that the purchase of this property will require additional janitorial help. The Parks Department currently is taking care of the yard. He feels this property purchase, as was indicated in a letter to the BLM in the year 2000 by then Mayor Lou Colosimo, is for the future of Price City. Mayor Piccolo agreed and stated further that the buildings could be used for a future fire station as well as storage for the Parks Department and administrative offices. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that Mayor Piccolo be authorized to make the $270,000 offer to the BLM upon review of the legal documents by the City Attorney. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
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18. 7TH DISTRICT COURT (JUVENILE BRANCH) - Irrigation Water Fees Paid By Community Progress
Councilmember Tatton reported that the 7th District Court (juvenile branch) uses problem juveniles to perform various community projects. As one of their projects, they cleaned weeds off a parcel of property and they are now using that parcel to grow vegetables, etc, which are then given to the nursing home and homeless programs. The individual who owns the property does not have the $22 fee to pay for irrigation water. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the irrigation fees for this property owner be paid through Community Progress for this year only. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
19. PRICE CITY - Temporary Use of Fascia and A-Frame Signs During Main Street Reconstruction
Councilmember Kourianos reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the request of Price City to use temporary fascia and A-frame signs during the Main Street reconstruction project beginning April 1 to July 1, from Carbon Avenue to 300 East, with the contingency that they do not create unsafe obstacles for vehicles, pedestrians, or construction traffic. This would be a blanket permit for all businesses in that area. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the request be granted per the above contingency. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
20. WOODEN BIRDHOUSES - Home Occupied Business Approved
Councilmember Kourianos reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the request of Charlotte Davis to operate a business (Wooden Birdhouses) from her home located at 750 North Windsor Circle. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the business be approved upon the purchase of a business license. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
21. COTTAGE SIGNS AND CREATIONS - Home Occupied Business Approved
Councilmember Kourianos reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the request of Christina L. Rogers to operate a business (Cottage Signs and Creations) from her home located at 371 North 600 East, contingent upon inspections by the Fire Chief and Building Inspector. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the business be approved per the above contingency and compliance to recommendations by the Fire Chief and Building Inspector before production begins. Further, that they purchase a business license. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
22. KENWORTH SALES COMPANY, INC. - Conditional Use Permit
Councilmember Kourianos reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the request of Kenworth Sales Company, Inc., to locate their business at 45 South 100 West and to change the existing sign. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the business and sign as presented to the Commission be approved and that a Conditional Use Permit be issued. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
23. COMMUNITY DIRECTOR POSITION - Appointment of Nick Tatton
Mayor Piccolo reported that the position of Community Director has been offered to Nick Tatton. He has accepted the offer and will report to work on May 1, 2002. Councilmember Tatton presented an amended disclosure statement as Nick is his son. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the appointment be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Kourianos and carried. Councilmember Tatton abstained from voting.
24. USED CONCRETE JERSEY BARRICADES - Permission To Purchase Ratified
Gary Sonntag reported that the Utah State Surplus program contacted the City and offered to sell used concrete jersey barricades (I-15 and Olympics) for a discounted rate of $60 per 20' unit. One hundred units would total $6,000. The total cost of 100 barricades plus freight came to $9,150. The Council was polled and gave verbal approval to proceed with the purchase. He requested that the action be ratified and that payment be made. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the Council action be ratified and payment approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
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25. ALEXIS AND BRENDA MARTINIEZ - Development Agreement, Phase I & II, 925 North 600 East
Gary Sonntag reported that Alexis and Brenda Martinez have submitted Development Agreements, Phase I and II, for public improvements to develop a residential lot at 925 North 600 East. Phase I will include those improvements that can be completed now. Phase II is for those improvements that will be completed at a later time when the road develops further to the north. Phase II is included in a separate agreement and will be recorded. He recommended that both agreements be approved. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the agreements be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to execute the documents. Motion seconded by Councilmember Kourianos and carried.
26. WATER TRANSMISSION PIPELINE DESIGN, #25S-2000 - Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc. - Partial
Gary Sonntag presented a request for a partial payment in the amount of $95,910.75 submitted by Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc., for their contract on the Water Transmission Pipeline Design. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the payment be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.
27. PRICE MAIN STREET RECONSTRUCTION - Construction Start Date
Gary Sonntag reported that a tentative start date for the Price Main Street Reconstruction from Carbon Avenue to 3rd East has been set for Monday, March 25, 2002. The start date may vary and will be verified in a pre-construction meeting that is pending. Sunrise Engineering will be performing the construction engineering or onsite project management and H.E. Davis and Son, Inc., will be the contractor for the project. Recent articles in the Sun Advocate have explained the anticipated impact once work begins. A map was published in the Sun Advocate illustrating the project area and available public parking lots. The Fire Department has also evaluated and implemented strategies to access the downtown area in the event of an emergency.
28. BICYCLE PARK - Site Approval and Permission To Negotiate Services of a Bicycle Track
Designer And Engineer For Architectural Services
Gary Sonntag reported that the new bicycle park will be in Terrace Hills Park directly south of the existing parking lot. The site was selected after much research and discussion by the interested youth, their parents and advisors and the City Council. He presented a report summarizing the work accomplished to date. A budget of $8,000 is available for planning and design. An additional $50,000 is proposed in the upcoming budget for construction and purchases. He requested that the site be approved and that permission given to negotiate the services of a bicycle track designer and engineer for architectural services to prepare the construction plans and specifications. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the site be approved and that Gary be authorized to negotiate the above design and architectural services. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried with the following vote:
Councilmember Wheeler - aye
Councilmember Denison - naye
Councilmember Tatton - aye
Councilmember Kourianos - aye
Councilmember Reaveley - aye
29. CAPITAL PROJECTS 2001-2002 - Permission To Proceed
Gary Sonntag requested permission to negotiate the engineering services and solicit bids or quotations for the following budgeted projects:
Meads Wash Drainage, 800 North 12' x 7' culvert plugged - budget 10,000.
PWC Fuel Tank Cathodic Protection System - budget $15,000.
PWC Pressure Washer - budget $5,000.
Storm Water Detention Basin Park, trees, pathway, foot bridge - budget $10,000.
Water distribution line replacement - budget $150,000.
Sewer collection line replacement - budget $200,000.
Pool picnic pavilion - budget $5000.
Wave Pool Blanket replacement - budget $15,000.
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MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that Gary be authorized to proceed with the above projects. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
30. MARIE’S FINE DINING - Local Consent For On-Premise Beer License
MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that Marie’s Fine Dining be given local consent for an on-premise beer license. Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carrried.
31. GINA KELLER, CORY LEAVITT, RON FOWLER, WAYNE MORRISON - Rehires Approved
Keith Wight recommended rehiring of the following individuals:
Gina Keller - Swimming Pool, Sr. Lifeguard, Perm/PT, effective 4-22-02
Cory Leavitt - Utilities, Meter Reader, Temp/FT, effective 3-18-02
Ron Fowler, Wayne Morrison - Parks Department, Laborers, Temp/FT, effective 3-18-02
MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the rehires be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Kourianos and carried.
32. SELF FUNDING MEDICAL, DENTAL AND LIFE INSURANCE - Committee Appointed
MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that a committee, consisting of Councilmembers Tatton and Kourianos, Keith Wight, Aleck Shilaos, Pat Larsen, and Joanne Lessar, be appointed to review self funding medical, dental and life insurance. Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.
33. RESOLUTION - Time Clock System and Policy For Absences and Tardiness - Tabled
MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the resolution for the time clock system and policy for absences and tardiness be tabled. Motion seconded by Councilmember Kourianos and carried.
34. RESOLUTION - Job Description For Deputy City Engineer - Tabled
JERRY WRIGHT - Promotion/Reclassification - Tabled
MOTION. For the purpose of reviewing the job description, Councilmember Tatton moved that the resolution and promotion/reclassification be tabled. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
35. INTERNATIONAL DAYS CO-CHAIRMAN - Resignation Of Councilmember Denison
Councilmember Denison asked that he be allowed to resign as the Co-Chairman for the International Days Committee. MOTION. Councilmember Kourianos moved that the resignation be accepted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried by the following vote:
Councilmember Wheeler - aye
Councilmember Denison - aye
Councilmember Tatton - naye
Councilmember Kourianos - aye
Councimember Reaveley - aye
36. PRICE RIVER WATER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT - Update
Councilmember Denison apologized for being late, but that he just returned from St. George from attending water law meetings on Monday and classes on Tuesday and Wednesday presented by State agencies as well as individuals from throughout the state who were knowledgeable in water issues. A lot of very beneficial information was presented.
37. ROSE OLIVETO CRAVEN - Parking Lot Agreement, 57 East 100 South
Gary Sonntag presented an agreement with Rose Oliveto Craven for the use of her parking lot as a temporary public parking area during the reconstruction of Main Street. The parking lot is located at 57 East 100 South. The City will clean, grade, and gravel the lot prior to use. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the agreement be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to execute the documents. Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.
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38. NATIONAL MS SOCIETY - Rental Fees Waived For Civic Auditorium
Mayor Piccolo presented a request from the National MS Society requesting that rental fees be waived for the Civic Auditorium for an educational seminar to be presented Wednesday, April 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that if an entrance fee is not charged, that the rental fees be waived with the exception of hard costs. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
Meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.
ATTEST: Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor
Joanne Lessar, City Recorder