Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

May 10, 2006. 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                          Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

Councilmembers:                                               Pat Larsen, Finance Director

     Richard Tatton                                              Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

     Jeanne McEvoy                                            Nick Tatton, Community Director

     Jeff Nielson                                                   John Daniels, Human Resource Director

     Rick Davis                                                    Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police


Excused: Councilmember Hanna-Smith

   Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer


Others Present:

     Sherry King              Pam Konakis                 Angelo Konakis             Brian Barton

     Dave Levanger          Kristi Ohlwiler                Paul Bedont                  Norma Procarione

     Bob Peirce               Harvey Peet                   Carol Leturgez               BreAna Tucker


Mayor Piccolo led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called with the above members present.




The Mayor and Councilmembers presented an update on the activities they administer.


 2.        BID OPENING - 2006 CIB Road Improvement Project - Committee Appointed


The following bids were received for the 2006 CIB Road Improvement Project:


M & M Asphalt, West Jordan, Utah -                               Schedule A $136,041.44

Nielson Construction, Huntington, Utah -                          Schedule B $  12,391.00

Kilgore Paving & Maintenance, Salt Lake City, Utah -        Schedule A $148,997.77

Intermountain Slurry Seal, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah -       Schedule A $             .13 SF


MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that a committee, consisting of Councilmember Davis, Scott Olsen, Lisa Richens and John Procarione, be appointed to review the bids and given the authority to award the contract if it is within budget.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Davis and carried.


 3.        CASTLEVIEW HOSPITAL DIABETES FUND RAISER - Authorization To Close 1st East Between Main Street and 1st North


Pam Konakis, Castleview Hospital,  requested that 1st East between Main Street and 1st North be closed on Friday, August, 25, 2006, between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for the first annual fund raiser for diabetes sponsored by Castleview Hospital.  These funds will be kept in the community and used to assist diabetics in purchasing their supplies.  There will be music and a dance in the Peace Gardens, a bike show and bike rodeo using motorized mini bikes, and a barbecue.  On Saturday, a 286 mile motorcycle ride will take place beginning in Price, going through the towns of Tory, Hanksville, Green River and back to Price.  Active Re-Entry will be the facilitator of the funds.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the request to block the street and use the Peace Gardens be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Nielson and carried.     


 4.        CHRISTY OHLWILER - Authorization To Close 7th East  Between 7th and 8th North For Block Party


Christy Ohlwler requested permission to close 7th East between 7th and 8th North for a neighborhood block party on Monday, May 22nd, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  MOTION.  Councilmember Nielson moved that the request be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Davis and carried. 


 5.        JONES & DEMILLE ENGINEERING - Carbon County Cross Country Trails System


Brian Barton, Jones & Demille Engineering,  and Dave Levanger, Carbon County Building Official, presented an update on the Carbon County Cross Country Trails System.  Mr. Levanger stated that Carbon County has been working on this project for several years and has hired

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Jones and Demille Engineering to finish the work.  The trail will begin in the Scofield area

beginning at Skyline Drive, down Pontown Canyon, and into Scofield Town.  The trail will accommodate horses, bicycles, ATV=s, walking, etc.  However, there are portions that will not be built for every kind of vehicle.  At the present, Scofield Town is opposing the trail through their town, but they are working with them to iron out the bugs.  The Carbon County Commissioners have considered declaring a loop beginning at Wild Cat Siding, to Consumers and old Coal City, around and through the Forest Service and Corner Canyon, to Poulfrey Bench and into the Carbon County Fairgrounds.  A loop around Price will eventually be created.  Helper City is mostly ATV open and they currently have designated routes to travel around the backside of the City from Wild Cat, under the freeway from Helper Junior High, past Kenilworth, continuing across Clarks Valley into East Carbon and Sunnyside and up to Bruin Pont.  From there, you can either go down to Dry Canyon to the Barrett Compressor Station or 2 2 miles into Nine Mile Canyon and then back up Cottonwood Canyon and the Coal Springs route and back to Bruin Point.  Mr. Levanger asked for input from the Council as to how they would like a loop made around Price to connect back to the Fairgrounds.  The North Springs  Shooting range could eventually be accessed from the trail.  With all this activity, it is hopeful that tourists will want to spend extra days in the community.  Speed limits will be set and there will be a comfort station every 20 miles.  Hopefully it will be in areas where there is cell phone service.  The comfort station will have a small pavilion where you can get in out of the weather, a small restroom, trash receptacles, and  a wall on one end with a map indicating where you are.  However, there will be no water.  Individuals will have to come prepared.  The whole idea is to have access to each town in Carbon County to obtain food, water and gas.  There will eventually be designated areas for camping.  Warning signs will be placed in areas where the terrain is narrow or rough.  There will be law enforcement, solid waste management and emergency services.  Brian Barton stated that the main focus is to get the main backbone trail in place so that the communities and County can work towards tying all points together.  A trail head is currently being pursued.  We are at a point where we can finalize the design and lay out the signs, comfort stations, obtain right-of-ways, and move ahead so this can be advertised for bids to get it constructed.  Dave Levanger stated that a loop into Emery County will eventually be constructed to tie them in.  There will be a total of 120 to 140 miles of trail.  Mr. Barton asked the Council to post their comments on their website.  Mayor Piccolo thanked Mr. Barton and Mr. Levanger for their input.


 6.        CARBON SCHOOL DISTRICT - Softball Field Agreement - Struck


 7.        LIBRARY AID - Authorization To Replace Part Time Person


Norma Procarione requested permission to replace a part time employee who is resigning.  She presented information and efficiency reports regarding this position.   MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the request be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


 8.        FIRE DEPARTMENT - Additional Captain and Captains Pay Increase Approved


Fire Chief Paul Bedont requested an additional captain in the Fire Department and a $25/month  increase in captains= pay due to the extra work that is required.  His original request was for $50/month.  This is an increase of $2,400/year and will provide for two Captains on each shift.  For fire service, there should be no more than three firefighters under each Captain.  He currently has five Captains and a total of 25 firefighters.  MOTION.  Councilmember Davis moved that the request be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried. 


 9.        PRICE BIZ ADS.COM, STONE TOAD WATERSCAPES - Home Occupied Businesses Approved


Councilmember Nielson reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for home occupied businesses per the contingency on Stone Toad Waterscapes.


Price Biz Ads.Com - 695 West 300 South, Jeff Sandoval-Owner (Internet Business)

Stone Toad Waterscapes - 239 North 400 West, Lyle Bauer-Owner (Landscape Business) - Contingent upon obtaining a contractors license.


MOTION.  Councilmember Nielson moved that the home occupied businesses be approved per the above contingency and upon the purchase of a business license.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


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Councilmember Nielson reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for Conditional Use Permits


Silky Smooth - 894 East 100 North #3, Business and Sign (Hair Removal)

Price Pediatric Dentistry - 391 North 400 East, Business and Sign

Bryner House Museum - 68 South 100 East, Building and Grainery Renovation

Bookcliff Sales Repair Shop - 45 South 100 West, Business


MOTION.  Councilmember Nielson moved that the request be approved and that Conditional Use Permits be issued.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


CONSENT ITEMS -  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton  moved that Items #11 through #24 be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Nielson and carried.


11.        MINUTES - April 21, 2006, May 5, 2006


12.        ORDINANCE - 2006-002 - Adding Chapter 9.78 To The Price Municipal Code, 1988, Imposing Regulatory Standards And License Requirements On Certain Business Activities, Which Are Characterized As Sexually-Oriented Businesses And Certain Employees Of Those Businesses Characterized As Sexually-Oriented Business Employees.


13.        RESOLUTION #2006-09 - Fee Schedule For Usage of The Facilities Within Price Municipal

Building, Peace Garden, and Public Works Complex




15.        PRICE CITY BALL PARK POLICY - Approved


Policy consists of activity and maintenance schedule, building access, rules and regulations, responsibilities of Presidents, Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and responsibilities of Price City Parks Department personnel.


16.        FUNTIME CARNIVAL COMPANY - Contract For Entertainment During International Days


17.        POLICE DEPARTMENT - Authorization To Purchase Portable Mobile Radio Alarm System


Cost of the portable mobile radio alarm is approximately $4,000,


18.        ECONOMIC VITALITY LOAN FUND - Bicycleworks (Fuzzy Nance)


For retail business (bicycle and outdoors store) start-up financing of inventory, equipment and leasehold improvements in the amount of $10,000, 24 months, 7.5% APR.




Additional funding in the amount of $7,500, 24 months, 75% APR to increase on-hand inventory.


20.        ECONOMIC VITALITY LOAN FUND - Snap On Tools (Carl Potter)


Funding for the purchase of inventory related to a Snap On Tools distributorship in the amount of $10,000, 24 months, 7.5% APR.


21.        USDA RURAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY GRANT - Authorization To Submit Application For Castle Country Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) Program


22.        UTILITY DEPARTMENT - Approval To Issue Credit For Winter Water Overages      


Credits for the winter water overages on accounts that experienced leaks during the winter months when water meters are not read. 


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23.        NEW HIRE - Alexandria Baum, Swimming Pool Lifeguard, Part Time


24.        DRAFT AND REVIEW OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS  - Customer Service & Collections Specialist, Facilities Manager, Grounds Manager, Customer Service Director




Councilmember Tatton reported that in the recent Price River Water Improvement District meeting, two new subdivisions were presented.  One is located at 1150 South and 600 West and requested both water and sewer.  The other one is located southeast of the current Circle K Subdivision and requested approximately 600 feet of water line and a hydrant at their expense.  The District purchased a parcel of ground from Plateau Mining Co. located south of the waste treatment plant, which included a large building.  The District is looking at a release of the reclamation in that area and plans to remove a large unsightly tank.  The District is looking at participating in a management agreement on affluent wastewater.  The law is changing on this and there is controversy brewing on who owns the water rights to affluent water, how much water is taken out and how much is being put back in to keep things going.  The District agreed to hire an attorney at a cost of $2,500/year to work on legislation so the water rights are protected.  This change affects all of the State.  The Utah Department of Transportation recently opened bids for the Helper Interchange project.  He is unaware of the results, but if they are within budget, the project should start in August, 2006.  At that time, the District and Price City will be able to move their utility lines.  The Price River is still running quite high.


26.        POWER BOARD - Update


Councilmember Tatton reported that the Power Board did not have a meeting.  The Finance Department is working with Bret Cammans on current rates.  Nick Tatton contacted the Utah Association of Municipal Power Systems to see if a rate specialist can review and advise rate schedules.  We want to make sure everything is going in the right direction on the rate structure.  At this point, Utah Power & Light has not contacted Price City about raising rates.  However, Brigham City has been contacted.   As we move along, we will keep everyone posted.  We need to stay ahead of rate increases with the citizens.  If the rate is increased 13%, he recommended increasing the rate half now and the other half at a later date so the rate payers aren=t hit so hard all at once.


27.        INTERNATIONAL DAYS - Update


Councilmember Davis reported that the Youth City Council will help with International Days events.  Norma Procarione has agreed to direct and make sure they assist with concessions.       

MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that the meeting adjourn and that a meeting of the Redevelopment Agency convene.  Motion seconded by Councilmemer Davis and carried.


Meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m,

Reconvened at 7:04 p.m.


Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.







ATTEST:                                                           Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor





Joanne Lessar, City Recorder