Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

May 26, 2004, 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                    Pat Larsen, Finance Director

Councilmembers:                                    Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

     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


Excused: Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

                Bret Cammans, I.S. Department Supervisor


Others Present:

     Steven Esplin                        Kass Esplin                        Shauna Fassett                        Shauna O=Brien

     Kathy Smith                         Marilyn Graham                        Paul Dupin                        Charlene Dupin

     Gerald Lloyd                         Melanie Steele                        Boyd Bell                        Harvey Howard

     Beverly Howard                      Patti Rigby


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


 1.         PUBLIC INPUT - Steven Esplin - Utility Pole Issue


Steven Esplin, 28 East 900 North, approached the Council regarding a utility pole located next to his property and near an intersection.  When the pole was placed in its current location approximately 13 years ago, it was placed approximately ten feet inside his property line, which blocks his ability to use a portion of his property.  He presented pictures of his house, his driveway, the location of the utility pole, and plans to extend his driveway.  He is requesting that the pole be moved to the property line.  He would be willing to pay a small portion (less than half) of the removal costs, as he feels the pole was placed in the wrong location.  Mayor Piccolo thanked Mr. Esplin for his input and stated that the item would be reviewed by the Council and placed on the agenda for the next meeting.


 2.         COUNCILMEMBERS REPORT - Update


The Mayor and Councilmembers provided updates on the subjects and committees that they administer.


 3.         VISIONARY SERVICE LEADER AWARD - Charlene Dupin


Mayor Piccolo presented the Visionary Service Leader Award to Charlene Dupin.  Mrs. Dupin is a long time resident of Price and taught school in the local school system.  She was the first coach for girl=s volleyball, track, tennis, gymnastics, basketball, and co-ed swimming at Carbon High School.  She was recently inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.


 4.         COMMUNITY PROGRESS COMMITTEE - Permission To Purchase Lights For Downtown Trees


Councilmember Wheeler introduced members of the Community Progress Committee - Shauna O=Brien, Patti Rigby, Shauna Fassett, Kathy Hanna Smith, Marilyn Graham, and Gerald Lloyd.  They have all been very dedicated and energetic.  Shauna O=Brien acknowledged the Community Progress Committee and thanked them for all their support.  The goal of the Community Progress Committee is to invent and create new ideas to enhance the downtown appearance.  Downtown Price is a unique place.  The Price business downtown historic layout and arrangement of our fine buildings and trees go along with the theme, AThe Heart of The City@.  The committee has come up with the idea of placing white lights in all the trees downtown.  This accent tree lighting would provide a more pleasant attractive appearance and a more inviting enhanced downtown.  Lighting has a tendency to draw people.  It may encourage active night life, entertainment, longer business hours, or bring a variety of businesses to downtown.  The area they would like to start with is Carbon Avenue to 200 West Main and Carbon Avenue to 100 East Main.  Mrs. O=Brien presented a sample of the recommended lighting and provided information pertaining to the number of lights, life of the lights, number of hours of lighting per day, etc.  Councilmember Wheeler stated that the committee has been working on this for a long time and supported the recommendation.  Mayor Piccolo suggested that before this proceeds further, that City staff review the request and follow

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with architectural engineering to determine where the power is located, what type of liability this would create, and the installation costs.  Mrs. O=Brien asked permission to purchase enough lighting for one tree to provide a visual of what they might look like.    MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that Community Progress be allowed to purchase supplies for one tree and further engineer the costs and locations of those items necessary to light the rest of the street.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Christman and carried.


Kathy Hanna Smith provided an update on other items that the Community Progress Committee has been working on, such as entry signs into the City, demolition of small buildings, identification of blighted areas, and re-establishment of the Ayard of the month@ contest.  Patti Rigby, Youth City Council Advisor, and Jacob Denison, Youth City Council Mayor, provided an update on the past and future activities of the Youth City Council.


 5.                 DESERT THUNDER RACEWAY - Consideration For Car Race During International Days - Referred To International Days Committee


Harvey Howard, Desert Thunder Raceway, asked if there would be any problem if the Desert Thunder Raceway held a race the same week end the International Days Events are held?  It was felt that the more activities there are, the better it would be for all.  This item will be referred to the International Days Committee for consideration.   


  6.        HELPER ARTS FESTIVAL - Contribution Approved


Sherill Shaw presented a printout of previous budgets and the current budget for the Helper Arts Festival.  This provides an insight into the fund raising efforts and what entities besides government support this event.  She asked the Council to consider making a contribution to this event.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that $1,000 be contributed to the Helper Arts Festival.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried. 


  7.        MARIE=S CATTERY - Conditional Use Permit Approved


Mayor Piccolo presented the conditions for the operation of Marie=s Cattery as recommended by staff.  Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission will address catteries on a case by case basis.  After review of this particular cattery, there didn=t seem to be any obvious issue with neglect or unkempt premises.  The Council recommended that under Item 5 pertaining to cat cages, that approved flooring be included.  MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that per staff recommendations and the above addition, that Marie=s Cattery be approved and that a Conditional Use Permit be issued.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.    


  8.        BUILDING SERVICES DEPARTMENT- Job Descriptions Amended 


Councilmember McEvoy stated that as the job descriptions for the Building Services Department will be used for the reorganization of that department, the current employees would not be qualified for these positions.  Gary Sonntag stated that an exception needs to be made for the existing employees.  They will not be asked to apply for these positions.  There will be a lateral transfer into these positions and they will be allowed to remain in those positions as long as they are an employee of the City.  Should it become necessary to advertise for new applicants, the job descriptions will be adhered to.  The Council discussed the wording used in the job descriptions  referring to a high school diploma, GED,or equivalent.  Nick Sampinos recommended the wording Aa GED or high school diploma preferred@.  MOTION.  Councilmember Denison moved that the job descriptions for the Building Services Department, Custodian I, Custodian II, Facilities Technician I, Facilities Technician II, be amended per the above recommendation and that the  requirement to follow safety policies and practices be included.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


 9.         DR. JAMES BAILEY - New Dental Office - Concept Approval - Tabled


10.             SNOWIE BOOTH, CANDY BOUQUET, TITAN AUTO ELECTRIC, 20TH CENTURY LITES, DR. TERRY - Conditional Use Permits Approved


Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for Conditional Use Permits per the recommended contingencies.

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Snowie Booth - 125 South Highway 55 (Business) - Agreed to remove free standing sign 

Candy Bouquet - 59 East 100 North (Business and Sign)

Titan Auto Electric - 610 Nick Lane - Preliminary and Final Approval - Contingent upon review of a

drainage plan and receipt of a Development Improvement Agreement

20th Century Lites - 504 East Main and 154 West Main (Replace Existing Signs)

Dr. Terry - 1290 East 300 North (Sixty Day Temporary Permit For Storage Units) - Dr. Terry authorized to have moving equipment remain on his premises as long as he is working on his property.  Dr. Terry agreed to remove semi-trailer.


MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that the requests be approved per the above contingencies and that Conditional Use Permits be issued.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.


CONSENT ITEMS - MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that Items #11 through #23 be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


11.        MINUTES - May 7, 2004, May 12, 2004


12.        DALE SWANSON - Utility Billing Adjustment In The Amount of $183.48.


13.        LIBRARY INTERNET SAFETY POLICY - Public Hearing Scheduled For June 23, 2004.


14.             OUTSIDE WATER USERS AGREEMENT - Patricia L. Lunelli, 1699 North 1510 West, Carbonville, Utah


15.             RESOLUTION #2004-07 - Resolution Correcting The Electrical Rate Set Forth In Electric Rate Table No. 108 Entitled ASpecial Service - Non-Profit AReligious Organizations With A Demand Meter


16.                RESOLUTION #2004-08 - Resolution Adopting A Fee Schedule To Be Adopted By Price City With Respect To Administration Of Planning and Zoning Regulations




Bret Cammans -  Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining A Microsoft 2003 Server Infrastructure, June 28 - May 2, 2004, Salt Lake City, Utah

Sidney Nelson, Leonard Miller, Ron Stefanoff - Utah Firemen=s Association Convention, June 10-12, 2004, Logan, Utah


18.        POLICE DEPARTMENT - Permission To Replace Ceiling Tiles In Basement At A Cost of $3,500.


19.        CITY HALL HEAT PUMPS - Permission To Purchase At A Cost of $3,850.


20.              OLYMPUS INSURANCE AGENCY - Ratification Of Payment Of Annual Fee In The Amount of $209,147.00


21.        CITY ENGINEER - Promotion/Reclassification Effective July 1, 2004


22.        CUSTOMER SERVICE DIRECTOR - Promotion/Reclassification Effective July 1, 2004


23.        NEW HIRES APPROVED - Dashelle Black, Holly Scarlet


Dashelle Black - Lifeguard, Perm/PT

Holly Scarlet - Office Clerk, Perm/PT


24.               INDOOR POOL PLUMBING REPLACEMENT, #4C-2004 - Contract Awarded, Pool Leveling Approved


Pat Larsen reported that the budget for the indoor pool plumbing replacement was $60,000. The committee assigned to review the bid awarded the contract to US Mechanical, the low bidder, in the amount of $51,997.  The bid came in $8,000 less than budget.  Bret Cammans would like to use $4,800 of that money to level the pool so it will drain.    MOTION.  Councilmember Wheeler moved that authorization be given to use the above amount to level the pool.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.

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25.        IRRIGATION SERVICES - Permission To Advertise


The Council reviewed the request to advertise for contract irrigation services.  The amount of time, 24 hours, 7 days a week was questioned.  Gary Sonntag explained the necessity to respond to irrigation delivery issues in a timely manner.  Sometimes flooding occurs and needs to be handled quickly.  Irrigation gates need to be opened and closed along the Price/Wellington Canal at scheduled times.  Irrigation water needs to be followed down the gutters and ditches.  MOTION.  After further discussion, Councilmember Denison moved that the request be granted.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.




MOTION.  Councilmember Denison moved that the Standard Policies and Procedures Manual be adopted.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.


Meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m.







ATTEST:                                                                       Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor





Joanne Lessar, City Recorder