Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

March 22, 2006, 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                          Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

Councilmembers:                                               Pat Larsen, Finance Director

     Richard Tatton                                              Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

     Jeanne McEvoy                                            Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer

     Kathy Hanna-Smith                                       Nick Tatton, Community Director

     Jeff Nielson                                                   John Daniels, Human Resource Director

     Rick Davis                                                    Bret Cammans, Customer Service Director

Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police


Others Present:

     Kylee Bird                Debi Blackburn              Judy Mainord                 Stefan Larsen

     Mark Swink              Greg Borman                 BreAna Tucker               Kevin Drolc

     Brandon Sicilia         Scott P. Olsen               Scott Wheeler               Nick Critchlow

     Rose Etzel               Bill Barnes                    Jace McKinnon              Kris Mele

     Kevin Mele               Craig Jimison                 Tyler Collier                   Grady McEvoy

     Patsy Bueno            Scott Westwood


Mark Swink and Stefan Larsen, Boy Scout Troop #299, led the Pledge of Allegiance.  They were at the meeting as part of their Community Merit Badge.


1.         PUBLIC INPUT - Castle Country OHV Association and Castleview Hospital Parade Permit


Christy Sitterud, Castle Country OHV Association, stated that her association along with Castleview Hospital will host an ATV poker ride fund raiser with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society.  The ATV ride will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2006, and will begin in the rear parking lot of the hospital.  She requested permission for a parade permit to use City streets from the hospital to the Fairgrounds to access back country roads for the poker ride.  The hospital will provide lunch for everyone after the ride is over.  It is totally a fund raiser with everything being donated.  The Council gave verbal approval and directed that the item be placed on the next agenda for ratification.   




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




Mayor Picciolo presented the March, 2006 Visionary Service Leader Award to the CEU Elmo Club.  The club received this award for their community assistance, specifically with the community playground equipment.


 4.        POLICE OFFICER SCOTT OLSEN - Letter of Commendation


Mayor Piccolo presented a Letter of Commendation to Police Officer Scott Olsen for his assistance in solving the recent rash of automobile burglaries.  In the early morning hours of March 12, 2006, Officer Olsen followed footprints in the snow for several blocks until he apprehended the suspects.


 5.        POLICE OFFICER KEVIN MELE - Distinguished Service Award


Mayor Piccolo presented the Distinguished Service Award to Police Officer Kevin Mele for his assistance in a domestic violence situation.  He placed himself in harms way and was able to approach a suspect at a local residence and retrieve a loaded revolver, preventing a further dangerous situation.


 6.        CARBON SCHOOL DISTRICT - Public Education Presentation


Debi Blackburn, Carbon School District, presented brochures and a power point presentation on facts and figures of current student population, administration costs, class sizes, parent involvement,  teacher salaries, quality of education, and student test scores.  Utah=s scores are comparable with the rest of the nation.


March 22, 2006


 7.        ST. ANTHONYS CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA - Request To Place Flyer In Utility Billing Or On Back Of Utility Bills - Denied


Mayor Piccolo presented a request from St. Anthony=s Cinco De Mayo committee to place a flyer in utility bills to advertise their Cinco De Mayo Fiesta on Saturday, May 6th, 2006.  MOTION.   As this service is intended only for Price City purposes, Councilmember Tatton moved that the request be denied.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried.  Councilmember Hanna-Smith recommended that the above committee contact the Chamber of Commerce for mass mailing. 




Councilmember Nielson reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for Conditional Use Permits per the stated contingencies.


Mathias and Georgina Nowak - 255 South 200 West and 259 South 200 West - Lot Line Adjustment

The Coffee Shop - 17 East Main, Business (New Owners) - Contingent upon an inspection.

The UPS Store - 1179 East Main - Business (New Owners) - Contingent upon an inspection

Lee Nails - 9 East Main - Business and Sign (Relocation) Contingent upon an inspection

Rockland Music - 78 North Carbon Avenue - Business and Sign

Elkridge Planned Unit Development Phase III - 400 West 800 South - Preliminary and Final Approval


MOTION.  Councilmember Nielson moved that the requests be approved and that Conditional Use Permits be issued per the above contingencies.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried. 


 9.        KROMPEL SUBDIVISION PHASE III - Sagewood Road and Parkway - Struck


CONSENT ITEMS -  MOTION.  Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved that Items #10 through #16 be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Davis and carried.


10.        MINUTES  - March 8, 2006 - Executive Session


11.        TOM MCCORMACK - Agreement For Professional Story Telling Performance  At The Library


12         GARY SONNTAG, J. SCOTT OLSEN, CHAD FEICHKO - Travel Approved


Gary Sonntag, J. Scott Olsen, Chad Feichko - ULTAP Road Safety Audit Review  Workshop, March 27, 28, 2006, Salt Lake City, Utah


13.        COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER - Authorization To Expend Reimbursable Funds For Remodeling Project


Authorizing an amount of $14,000 plus any additional reimbursable expenses authorized for funding by the Carbon County Commission and authorizing John Procarione to proceed with the project.


14.        MARK OLSON - EASY Project Reimbursement Approved


Final project acceptance and authorization of a $2,000 project reimbursement.


15.        WATER DEPLETION AND RECOVERY STUDY - Hansen, Allen & Luce Engineering - Presentation To American Water Works Association


Presentation of the City=s recently completed Water Depletion & Recovery Study to the American Water Works Association (AWWA) 2006 Annual Conference in West Yellowstone, Idaho, on September 20-22, 2006.


16.        MAIN STREET COORDINATOR - Authorization To Replace Position



            March 22, 2006.


17.        MINUTES - March 7, 2006, March 8, 2006


The following corrections were made to the minutes of March 7, 2006 and March 8, 2006.

March 7, 2006 - Special Meeting

Paragraph 1, Line 2 - Change Fiscal Year from 2206-07 to 2006-07


March 8, 2006 - Regular Meeting

Item #17, Line 2 - After (old Police Department), add Ato include but not limited to the Foster Grandparent Program and the Price Main Street Coordinator@.


MOTION.  Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved that per the above corrections, that the Minutes be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


18.        USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT - Authorization To Apply For Grant For Community Playground Equipment


Councilmember Tatton questioned the City=s role in acquiring a grant for the Community Playground Equipment.  Councilmember McEvoy stated that she was asked to participate in a committee to provide a Community Playground.  Perry Matthews from the USDA Rural Development approached them and informed them of such a grant.  She is acting as a liaison between the playground and the City.   It has been a learning experience for both her and the committee as they have never applied for a USDA Federal Grant.  Perry Matthews recommended that Community Director Nick Tatton be asked to assist, as he has been a part of this kind of grant in the past and knows most of the required information.  She has also received a lot of assistance from Gary Sonntag and his staff.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that authorization be given to apply for the grant.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried.


19.        MARJORIE JONES - Economic Vitality Loan Fund Approved


Nick Tatton presented a request for an Economic Vitality Loan submitted by Marjorie Jones, a local novelist and writer.  Ms. Jones will use the funds as a working capital loan to attend a sales/marketing and training trade show, which will be a primary method for her to secure additional book deals.  The loan review committee reviewed the request and recommended approval in the amount of $1,529, over 14 months at 5.5% APR.  Councilmember Nielson stated that he was on the loan review committee and after they approved the request, he researched the novels that Ms. Jones has written and has some reservations on the content.  He issued a letter to the Council regarding his concerns.  He intends no harm to Ms. Jones, but feels it is inappropriate to subsidize such a venture.  Councilmember McEvoy stated that she too is concerned on the content of the books.  Councilmember Tatton stated that he was concerned if the books were erotic and contacted Librarian Norma Procarione.  Ms. Procarione verified that there is a demand for these types of books, with the greatest number checked out by women over the age of 50.  Ms. Jones= books are on their shelves and they are not erotic.  Councilmember Hanna-Smith expressed concern as she felt we were acting like a bank.  She doesn=t think a local lending institution would not provide a loan based on te content of the book.  Mayor Piccolo recommended that personal feelings be kept out of the decision as this is not a censorship issue.  Loans such as this are an economic development tool.  MOTION.  After further discussion, Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved that the loan be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried with the following vote.


Councilmember Tatton - Aye                   Councilmember McEvoy - Naye

Councilmember Hanna-Smith - Aye         Councilmember Nielson - Naye

Councilmember Davis - Aye


20.        PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PROGRAM 2006-07 - Utah Department of Transportation - Funding Application Approved


Gary Sonntag reported that the Utah Legislature has again provided funding for the State Pedestrian Safety Program, which funds the construction of pedestrian safety projects adjacent to State highways. The amount of funding provided for the four counties in this District is $6,275.  He asked the Council to submit ideas for possible project sites and for permission to submit the application.  The deadline to submit requests is April 25, 2006.  MOTION.  Councilmemer McEvoy moved that the funding application be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Nielson and carried.


March 22, 2006


21.        POWER BOARD COMMITTEE - Update


Councilmemer Tatton reported that last year, a $5 monthly charge was added to customer utility accounts to help pay for electrical substation upgrades.  The transformer at the Downtown Substation was recently tested and found to be in good shape.  This will be a huge savings as we  upgrade that substation.  The back up batteries have to be replaced and it is recommended that cement curbing be constructed around the substation.  The other substations will also be upgraded.  Once the improvements have been made on all the substations, the $5 monthly fee will be eliminated.  A complete inventory of all substations will be done.  The committee is working on community education.  Bret Cammans will investigate to see if Utah Power & Light provides any training or education.  A big concern to Price City is the rate increase from UP&L.




Councilmember Tatton reported that Price River Water Improvement District has reached an agreement with Carbon Canal regarding the winter stock watering.  One hundred eighty shares of stock has been turned in to PRWID for the connections.  The same rules apply as with any water connection.  The line itself is two weeks away from completion.  The Eagle Crest Subdivision between Spring Glen and Kenilworth is moving right along.  There is a little bit of a conflict with  Scofield Reservoir and who is making the decision over how much water is being released.  The Price River Water Users are monitoring it and don=t want much water taken out too early.  The District has an ongoing concern with the water delivery loss standard.  Water delivery loss through leaky pipes, backflushing and fire hydrants it easy to understand.  What is hard to understand is the delivery loss that has to do with the amount of water left in the reservoirs.  This delivery loss is a hedge against low water years.  Most of us think in terms of a water share as an acre foot of water.  Loss of water in the reservoir is also a loss in water shares.  Both PRWID and Price City is concerned with the bids on the Helper Interchange.  Both entities are holding up their waterlines through those Helper intersections, as all utilities  need to be replaced through the whole intersections.  UDOT agreed to pay for all engineering costs.  Price City received their reimbursement (thanks to Gary), but PRWID did not.  UDOT is now balking at reimbursing them.


23.        INTERNATIONAL DAYS - Update


Councilmember Hanna-Smith reported that the carnival for International Days has been secured.  The next committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at 12:00 noon.


24.        COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND - Update


Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Community Playground committee meets every week.  It has become deeper and broader, but everyone is enthusiastic.  Everyone has assignments and they report to their chairperson and that chairperson reports to her.  They expend approximately 50 volunteer hours per week putting the playground together.  One hundred volunteer hours were used during the week of March 12th, of which some were spent on putting the float together for St. Patricks Day, other kinds of activities, fund raising, etc.  We are not leaning on the City more than we are leaning on ourselves.  She has been in contact with Leathers & Associates, the engineering consultants for the playground equipment and they assured her they are liable for the design of the playground.  She feels comfortable at this point.  She has discussed with Mayor Piccolo the possibility of hanging a sign, something generic, such as we have raised this much and we need this much more.  It needs to be placed on a building and not on the ground where you have to mow around it.  It was recommended to place the sign on the south side of the library building.  Councilmember McEvoy asked how this should be handled.  The volunteer committee is capable of mounting the sign.  Gary Sonntag stated that this would be a City function. It may be possible to circumvent the sign requirements typically followed through the P&Z Commission and Zoning Administrator.  Building Services should also be contacted.  Gary felt that if there are capable people on the volunteer force to install the sign, he would have no problem with it.  Councilmember McEvoy stated that she would work with Gary on installation of the sign. 


Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.                                       APPROVED:



ATTEST:                                                                       Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor



Joanne Lessar, City Recorder