Minutes of The Special Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

April 4, 2001, 8:00 a.m.


Councilmembers: Vernon W. Jones, Community Administrator

Roy A. Nikas Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

Betty P. Wheeler Pat Larsen, Finance Director

Joe L. Piccolo Gary Sonntag, PWD/City Engineer

Stephen L. Denison Keith Wight, Human Resource Director

Richard Tatton

Excused: Mayor Lou Colosimo

Others Present:

Lisa Petersen Tam Gregersen

MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that in the absence of Mayor Lou Colosimo, that Councilmember Roy A. Nikas be appointed Mayor Protempore. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.

Pat Larsen presented a revised list of Capital Expenditures. An amount of $2.4 million was cut out of the budget in yesterday's special meeting. It is still out of balance by $2.7 million.

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

Reduce demolition of one upper and middle water tank from $20,000 to $5,000

Reduce backhoe from $120,000 to $27,000 (lease/purchase)

Reduce exterior siding (facia/soffitt) at the pool from $40,000 to $5,000

Reduce painting the exterior of the pool building from $15,000 to $5,000

Reduce the exterior tile on the wave generation building from $15,000 to $5,000

Reduce the SUV/van or truck with shell for IS Dept. from $25,000 to $15,000 (lease)

Reduce the Police Dept. Crisnet Software Upgrade from $97,200 to $70,000 (possible

CIB Grant)

Delete 3 computers/printers for the library for $5,000

Reduce 2 laser printers for Utilities and replace DOT Matrix from $2,000 to $1,000

Pat gave an update of what was changed today - $108,000 was taken out of the Water Fund, $55,000 was taken out of the Pool Fund, and $43,000 was taken out of the IS Fund. In yesterdays meeting, the amount of equipment that was selected for lease for the next year was $360,000. The lease payments would be $97,000/year. She has placed this amount in the proposed budget.

Councilmember Piccolo was excused at 9:20 a.m.

Gary Sonntag reported that in yesterday's special meeting, there was a question on the Cemetery Department in their request for a 3/4 ton truck, indicating it was replacing Vehicle #701. This is correct. Vehicle #701 is a 1978 GMC, which is worn out and needs replacement. This truck is needed to tow trailers and haul the Hustler and other equipment. It is possible that a used vehicle can be found for this replacement. The other items were a snow plow and dump trailer. The snow plow is needed, but he recommended that the dump trailer be deleted.

In order to help balance the budget, Pat recommended that $600,000 be taken out of the Electric Fund, $200,000 out of the Capital Improvement Fund and $400,000 out of the General Fund. This leaves $1.3 million left. The Council recommended that the budget now be given back to department supervisors and ask them to make further cuts.

Pat reviewed the proposed personnel costs. The cost of living at 4.2% is $120,000, reclassification costs total $37,000, and anniversary increases total $78,000. The large amount of overtime was discussed. Pat stated that she has asked supervisors to reduce their overtime over the past couple of years, but they don't seem to take it seriously. A meeting with department supervisors to discuss the budget and overtime was scheduled for Friday, April 6, at 9:00 a.m. Pat asked that members of the Council attend the meeting to encourage supervisors to schedule and manage employee work days/hours in order to reduce overtime.

Meeting adjourned at 10:20 p.m.


ATTEST: Roy Nikas, Mayor Protempore


Joanne Lessar, City Recorder