Minutes of The Special Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

April 3, 2001, 7:00 a.m.


Mayor Lou Colosimo Vernon W. Jones, Community Administrator

Councilmembers: Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

Roy A. Nikas Pat Larsen, Finance Director

Betty P. Wheeler Gary Sonntag, PWD/City Engineer

Stephen L. Denison Keith Wight, Human Resource Director

Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police

Excused: Councilmember Joe L. Piccolo

Councilmember Richard Tatton

Others Present:

Lisa Petersen John Serfustini


Pat Larsen reported that insurance rates for the year 2001/2002 increased 12.92% for single coverage, 10.83% for two party and10.25% for family. Retirement rates decreased as follows:

Public Employees - Contributory from 12.31% to 10.19%

Non-Contributory from 10.32% to 8.2%

Public Safety - Contributory from 18.17% to 14.7%

Non-Contributory from 17.4% to 14.08%

Fireman - From 10.20% to 6.77%

Pat stated that in the proposed budget, she left the retirement rate at 15.41% for both the State Rretirement and 401K., which is what the City is currently paying. In past years, it was 15.6%. Last year there was a decrease in the retirement, but the 401K was kept at the same rate as the previous year. The amount paid in retirement was actually decreased. This year, if it is kept at the 15.41% level, the City will be able to pay into the Public Safety 401K, for which we have been unable to do because the rates have been so high. This year the rates for Public Safety dropped considerably.

Pat presented a comparison of what other cities around this area are doing for their employees in the area of insurance for health, dental, vision, and retirement. She reviewed the estimate of employee earnings. The current earnings are 2.9 million and the estimated earnings are 3.259 million. The cost of living this year is 4.2%. Pat stated that the estimated earnings reflect the cost of living, retirement rates, step increases, wage adjustments and reclassifications. The budget at the present time is out of balance 5.195 million.

Pat reviewed the requested new positions that were presented at the special meeting two weeks ago. The new positions total $87,283.00, which is for wages and benefits. The requests and changes in each department were reviewed. The 6 month probationary increase was discussed for those employees that are reclassified and moved to a higher grade. It was questioned if this increase should continue.

The Council discussed the proposed increase in insurance rates and if we should look at other insurance companies. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that permission be given to advertise to receive bids for employee insurance. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.

Capital Expenditures

Pat reported that requested capital expenditures total $22,561,000. Out of that amount, we would not court $16 million. $15 million is for the Water Transmission Line for which we will get grants and loans and $1.25 million is for the purchase of the electric distribution system in East Price for which we would finance. That leaves a balance of $6.5 million.

The following items were either reduced or deleted from the budget.

Reduce Handicap Doors at City Hall from $ 5,500 to $3,000

Delete re-roof of Public Safety building for $30,000

Delete Council Chambers carpet, wall, lighting for $7,000

Move museum parking lot lighting from General Fund to Electric Fund for $25,000 Delete fire alarms for $15,000

Reduce two Police Dept. patrol cars from $54,000 to $10,000 (lease/purchase)

Reduce remodeling of Police Dept. offices from $20,000 to $10,000

Reduce Special Functions truck & equipment from $20,000 to $9,000 (lease/purchase)

Delete 800 North drainage for $400,000

Delete Carbon/Main drainage for $400,000

Delete N.W. drainage for $100,000

Delete 2000 East (Airport Road access) for $1,000,000

Reduce 1 ton dump truck from $30,000 to $10,000 (lease/purchase)

Move Class C Road Asphalt milling from FY2002-03 to FY2001-02 for $20,000

Delete sweeper attachment (bobcat) for $27,000

Delete tack oil sprayer for $75,000

Reduce 10 wheeler from $90,000 to $20,000 (lease/purchase)

Reduce 55' 2 ton boom truck from $130,000 to $28,600 (5 year lease/purchase)

Delete new library for $95,000

Delete remodel of current library building for $90,000

Delete furniture for library for $10,000

Delete PWC Domes repair and place under Building Maintenance for $2,000

Delete Meads Wash drainage for $100,000, which is shown as a duplicate

Delete 400 West Park for $50,000, which is under Redevelopment

Reduce South tennis park area renovation from $35,000 to $5,000

Reduce Cliffview Cemetery restrooms from $30,000 to $15,000

Delete Cliffview maintenance garage for $20,000

Delete Cliffview storm drain for $25,000

Delete lighting for Cliffview/Price Cemeteries for $5,000

Pat Larsen stated that she would go through the above changes and prepare a revised proposed budget. The next meeting was scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at 8:00 a.m.

Meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m.


ATTEST: Lou Colosimo, Mayor


Joanne Lessar, City Recorder