Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

April 19, 2004, 8:00 a.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                          Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

Councilmembers:                                               Pat Larsen, Finance Director

     Betty P. Wheeler                                          Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer

     Stephen L. Denison                                       Nick Tatton, Community Director

     Richard Tatton                                              Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police    

     Jeanne McEvoy

     Joe Christman


Others Present

     Bret Cammans                     Lisa Richens


 1.                BUDGET WORKSHOP - FY2004-05


            The Council and staff met to review the budget for FY2004-05.  Pat Larsen presented the following information on the budget which is still out of balance by $1.3 million:


Approximately $400,000 is left in fund balance that could be used to balance the budget.

If the East Price Electrical system is purchased, there could be $400,000 more in profit.  Part of these funds could be used to fund some of the $1.3 million that is still out of balance.

Supervisors will need to cut another million dollars out of their budget.

Gary Sonntag has cut back on capital projects.

The cost of living increase was reduced from $1.9% to 1.5%.

The anniversary increase chart was changed from a 15 to a 25 year plan.

All  new positions were removed from the budget.

A new job description was prepared for the Human Resource Director position, which includes an area for Safety Coordinator.   

The Water Fund is balanced with a new full time position and two temporary positions removed.

The budget for the Redevelopment Agency is balanced.

$240,000 was removed from personnel costs, which included the decrease in the anniversary rates and the elimination of new positions.


Travel and training costs were reviewed on a department basis.  The total for travel and training is $90,000.  It was recommended that another 5% be deducted for travel and training from each department for the next two years.  The Water Master position was eliminated for a total of $13,000, plus a temporary position in the Streets Dept.  The Water Master position will be contracted out.  It was recommended that the rates for irrigation water be increased from $25.00 to $30.00 effective April 1, 2005.  It was recommended that an additional $1.00/month be charged for sewer and that those funds be set aside for future projects.  Switching Workers Compensation to another company will save $50,000.  It was recommended that the Building Maintenance Department be dissolved and that janitorial services be contracted out.  A new department called the Building Services Department will be created effective July 1, 2004..   


Overtime was reviewed.  The Streets Dept. overtime was raised from 183 hours to 200 hours.  Overtime hours in the cemetery was decreased from 250 to 150 and from 109 to 50 for temporary employees.  Meter Readers were cut back to 50 hours overtime.  It was recommended to increase gift certificates from $7,500 to $10,000 to allow employees to place their certificate in their 401K program and allow the City to match those funds.  Nine thousand was removed from the Electric Fund for Christmas lights.  Other decreases included the elimination of two temporary positions in the Streets Dept., plus temporary positions in the Parks and Cemetery Departments.


Other items deleted:

A used truck for $10,000.

Replacement water truck

A blue print copier moved to 2005-06 - $5,000

Swimming pool water activity features - $5,000

Library books reduced from $51,500 to $36,500

Community Progress reduced $2,000  

Contribution to Electric Fund - balance changed from $200,000 to $100,000

Extension of the electric distribution system reduced from $60,000 to $15,000

Water and Sewer maintenance systems reduced $50,000 each         

            Police cars reduced $14,000

                                                                   April 19, 2004


Police Camcorders moved to 2005-06 - $6,000

Water Department 3/4 ton truck moved to 2005-06 - $30,000

Parks Department parking lot, landscaping and sprinklers at ball park reduced $3,000

Cost of living increase - $45,000

Anniversary Increases - $100,000

Picnic and Christmas lunch - $7,000

Downtown Revitalization - $50,000


The Council scheduled another workshop meeting for Monday, May 3rd, 2004, at 1:00 p.m.


Meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.







ATTEST:                                                         Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor





Joanne Lessar, City Recorder