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
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
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.
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 ½ 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