Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

March 24, 2004, 5:30 p.m.



Councilmembers:                                                Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

     Betty P. Wheeler                                                Pat Larsen, Finance Director

     Stephen L. Denison                                                Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

     Richard Tatton                                                Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer

     Jeanne McEvoy                                                Nick Tatton, Community Director

     Joe Christman                                                Kevin Drolc, Police Captain


Excused: Mayor Joe L. Piccolo


Others Present:

     Richard Shaw                        Tabby Cummins            Talie McFarlane                        Heather Hughes

     Terry Messersmith                        Bruce Bean                        Brittany Pollastro            Morgan Warburton

     Cami Carlson                        Stacy Warburton            Vicki Pollastro                        David Child

     Ryan Nelson                         Ellis Pierce                        Charline Cummins            Scott Peterson

     Ken Kirkwood                        Brandi Karran                        Jamie King                        Bonnie King


The Carbon High School Girls Basketball Team led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Councilmember Wheeler called the roll with the above members present.


 1.         MAYOR PROTEMPORE - Councilmember Betty P. Wheeler


MOTION.  In the absence of Mayor Piccolo and in compliance with Ordinance #2002-001, Councilmember Denison moved that Councilmember Betty P. Wheeler be appointed Mayor Protempore.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Christman and carried.


  2.        COUNCILMEMBERS REPORT - Update


The Mayor Protempore and Councilmembers provided updates on the subjects and committees that they administer.


  3.        VISIONARY SERVICE LEADER AWARD - Carbon High School Girls Basketball Team


Councilmember Christman presented the Visionary Service Leader Awards to the Carbon High School Girls Basketball Team.  Earlier in the year the basketball team set their goals.  The girls pursued and achieved those goals.  They not only represented themselves well, but also their school, the community and Price City.


 4.        BID OPENING - Water and Sewer Line Replacements #2C-2004 - Committee Appointed


The following bids were received for the Water and Sewer Line Replacements for this year.  Schedule A is for the Water line and Schedule B is for the Sewer line.


Company                                                                        Schedule A            Schedule B


Johansen Construction Co. (Mt. Pleasant, Utah)                        $  98,349.34            $  95,270.37

Dwight Peterson & Sons (Riverton, Utah                                    $105,062.69            $  94,611.95

TNT General Contractors (Fairfield, Utah)                        $  97,120.00            $102,410.00           


MOTION.  Councilmember Denison moved that a committee, comprised of Gary Sonntag, Jerry Wright, John Procarione, and Pat Larsen, be appointed to review the bids and given the power to award them if they are within budget.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Christman and carried.


  5.        BID OPENING -  Miller Creek Property - Committee Appointed


The following bid was received for the Miller Creek Property


Kevin Mortensen                        $14,280.00


MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that a committee, comprised of Councilmember Wheeler, Nick Tatton, Pat Larsen, and Nick Sampinos, be appointed to review the bid and that it

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be brought back before the Council.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.




Ken Young from JUB Engineers distributed and explained the final draft of the General Plan.

He presented and discussed the large versions of maps that are within the draft plan.  This plan is a guide for future development of the community and is general in nature.  He discussed downtown revitalization and economic development, and its importance to the city along with important elements that should be considered.  He explained the transportation master plan, identified the categories of streets currently existing, and future streets projected by the City and their extensions and connections between major roadways.  Also discussed was the importance of public transit, housing issues, residential development, parks trails, recreational facilities, schools,  public facilities and services, cultural institutions, government offices and other types of public facilities.  He asked the Council to take their time to review the plan and possibly adopt it at the next meeting.  A Public Hearing is scheduled for the next Council meeting to receive comments from the public.  The Council thanked Mr. Young for his input.


  7.       REWARD FOR PERFECT ATTENDANCE - Carbon County Elementary School Children


Councilmember McEvoy reported that she and Tamara Gray have come up with a plan to increase participation at the swimming pool.  They would like to reward all Carbon County elementary school children who have perfect attendance between April 1st and May 21st with a free pass to the wave pool.  These students will bring other family members and friends and will likely rent a tube and purchase refreshments.  She has presented this plan to the school district and they are receptive to the idea.  Data will be collected and if it is successful,  the junior and senior high school students could be included next year.  She presented a draft of a letter to be sent to each principal.  MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that the project receive approval contingent upon following the guidelines of the swimming pool budget.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Christman and carried.      




Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for conditional use permits per the following contingencies.


Off Broadway Resale - 62 North 100 West, Business and Sign (Contingent upon successful

approval by the Building Department after correction of an existing entrance and electrical outlets).

Silver Steak House - 36 West Main, Sign

Dr. James Bailey - Dental Office, 94 North 400 East - Preliminary and Final

James Shorts - 240 North Cedar Hills Drive - Lot Line Adjustment


MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that the requests be approved and that Conditional Use Permits be issued per the above contingency on the Off Broadway Resale.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.


CONSENT ITEMS - MOTION.  Councilmember Denison moved that Items #9 Through #20 be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.


 9.         MINUTES - March 10, 2004 Approved;   March 9, 2004 and March 16, 2004 Tabled


10.        SHARON KLARICH, NICK TATTON - Travel Approved


Sharon Klarich - Utah Business License Association 2004 Spring Conference, May 13, 14, 2004, Salt Lake City, Utah (Cliff Lodge, Snowbird Ski Resort)

Nick Tatton - National Main Street Conference, May 9-12, 2004, Albuquerque, New Mexico


11.        RESOLUTION #2004-04 - Adoption Of New Right To Burial Certificate


12.        GRADUATION SPECTACULAR - Contribution Approved


Contribution approved for $500.00.

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13.        ALEXIS AND BRENDA MARTINEZ - 925 North 600 East - Final Release of Development Agreement


Final release of Development Agreement totaling $830.00.


14 .       WATER DEPLETION AND RECOVERY STUDY - Hansen Allen & Luce, Inc. Consulting Engineers Approved


Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc., Consulting Engineers, hired to complete a  feasibility study for the City=s water depletion & recovery project pending acceptance of the City=s funding allocation to the State Division of Water Quality.


15.        CLASS AC@ ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, #1C-2004 - Contracts Awarded


Contracts were awarded to the following contractors for Class AC@ Road Improvements to begin July 1, 2004:

Nielson Construction, Schedule A (Road Reconstruction) -  $74,135

Kilgore Paving, Schedule B (Crack Sealing) - $17,680

Morgan Pavement, Schedule C (Slurry Seal) - $78,443.95

Nielson Construction, Schedule D (Pavement Overlays) - $43,080

Peck Striping, Schedule E (Paint Striping) - $14,018.69.


16.       WATER SOURCE PROTECTION - Letters of Protest (Prima Oil & Gas)


Letters were written to the Carbon County Commission protesting the proposed zone change and conditional use permit applications submitted by Prima Oil & Gas to explore and develop wells (T12SR7E) above Scofield Reservoir and down stream water sources.  A letter was also written to the Manti La Sal National Forest protesting the proposed decision to allow Prima Oil & Gas to explore and develop wells (T14SR7E) above Scofield Reservoir and down stream water sources. The objection is that oil & gas operations will threaten the quality of water for both the surface and subsurface water sources that supply the Price River valley to include municipalities, industry and agriculture.


17.        ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT - Transfer of Funds and Purchase Approved


Transfer $18,000 out of tree trimming budget to purchase small truck, extended cab 4 X 4 and remove request for vehicle in 2004-05 budget.


18.       SWIMMING POOL - Permission To Hire Two Head Lifeguards and Eight Lifeguards


Permission to hire two head lifeguards and eight regular lifeguards.


19.        CORY VOGRINEC - Reclassification/Promotion

KASEY MILLER - Rehire Approved


Cory Vogrinec - Reclassified/promotion from a Water/Sewer Operator I, Grade 8,  to a Water Treatment Plant Operator III, Grade 10, effective 4-5-2004.

Kasey Miller - Rehired as a Water Treatment Operator I, Grade 7, permanent/full time, effective 4-5-2004, with a condition to obtain State Certification IV in water treatment operation.


20.        STREET MAINTENANCE CREW - Emergency Hires (Temporary Full Time Laborer I)


Permission to hire on an emergency basis two temporary/full time Laborer I positions for the Street Maintenance crew.




Ken Kirkwood, who, in an earlier meeting, asked the City for assistance during a National Motorcross Race to be held at the Carbon County Fairgrounds, was at the meeting to further discuss his request.  Mr. Kirkwood stated that he pays a per day fee to rent the facilities from the County and they in turn, provide assistance.  However, due to a rodeo scheduled for the same time, they will be shorthanded due to the other event.  As a public funded entity, the Council felt that they could not support a for profit operation.  If the County were to ask for assistance, it would be considered an administrative issue.   Mr. Kirkwood indicated he would talk to the County

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Commissioners regarding this and withdrew his request.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved to accept withdrawal of the request.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Christman and carried.


22.        INTERNATIONAL DAYS - Update


Councilmember McEvoy reported that the next meeting for the International Days committee is scheduled for Saturday, April 3rd.  Councilmember Christman stated that they are working to get a car show together for the event.  A theme for the International Days event will also be selected at that meeting.


23.        EMERGENCY PLANNING - Update


Gary Sonntag stated that over the past few months, he has attended meetings with the Carbon County Emergency Planning Committee as well as with the Home Preparedness Committee that Joyce Daniels chairs for the City.  Home Preparedness includes such things as neighbor to neighbor programs.  It is very clear what is being accomplished and where we need to go.  The County is the king pin when it comes to emergencies and the City needs to be able to play their part.  While we anticipate direction from the County, the City needs to step up with their plans.  A good deal has been accomplished with the Pre Disaster Mitigation under Clyde Larsen.  Joyce Daniels has also assumed the chairmanship of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and has accomplished a lot.  We have to be careful not to obligate Mrs. Daniels to take on more and more.  It will burn her out and make her less effective.  We need to take steps to create additional committee members or add members to committees in the areas of transportation, water resources, communications, etc.  He recently attended a meeting with Marjean Hansen from the Carbon County Dispatch pertaining to their emergency preparedness plan.  There is a big gap where Price City is concerned, as they don=t know who to call or contact in the City.  Gary asked permission to add additional people to the emergency planning committee in those areas that need to be accomplished.  Councilmember Denison suggested that Gary provide a list of  names and bring them back to the Council for approval.  Councilmember Denison also recommended setting up a budget for the above committees to make sure there are sufficient funds to promote whatever needs to be done.  It might be possible to accept donations or even apply for grants.


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


Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m. 

Reconvened at 7:02 p.m.


Meeting adjourned at 7:11 p.m.







ATTEST:                                                                       Betty P. Wheeler, Mayor Protempore





Joanne Lessar, City Recorder