Minutes of The Price City Council
City Hall: Price, Utah
June 9, 2004, 5:30 p.m.
Mayor Joe L. Piccolo Joanne Lessar, City Recorder
Councilmembers: Pat Larsen, Finance Director
Betty P. Wheeler Nick, Sampinos, City Attorney
Stephen L. Denison Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer
Richard Tatton Nick Tatton, Community Director
Jeanne McEvoy Bret Cammans, I.S. Department Supervisor
Joe Christman Kevin Drolc, Police Lieutenant
Michael Watson Annette Watson Roy Hofer Lisa Wilde
Lloyd V. Johansen Gary M. Johnson Cliff Arno Melanie Steele
Bill Curtis Chris Henrie Debbie Henrie
Mayor Piccolo led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above members present.
Mayor Piccolo acknowledged the death of former United States President, Ronald Reagan.
Chris Henrie from Boy Scout Troop #296 was at the meeting as part of his Eagle Scout and Communication Badge.
1. PUBLIC INPUT - Irrigation Ditch #14 Issues
Roy Hofer, 286 North 300 East, expressed his concern regarding the irrigation ditch that runs between 200 and 300 North and 200 and 300 East and asked if there is still a right of way between these locations? Over the years, the property owners along this ditch have encroached on the right of way which entails utility poles and have all fenced back to back. Mayor Piccolo stated that City staff is in the process of researching this and will get back to Mr. Hofer. Mr. Hofer stated that if there is still a right of way, the property owners need to be contacted to remove their fences from the right of way so that the ditch is clear. A concerted effort needs to be made to keep it open.
Bill Curtis, 424 North 200 East, also spoke about the irrigation ditch issues. He uses this ditch, but his waste water does not go down this ditch. He floods his back lawn with it. It was his understanding that the ditch between Park Avenue and 3rd North used to be treated as two ditches. When he paid Price City, it was treated that way. He does not understand why the Water Master cannot turn this ditch on. Is it because he is the only water user? He would like this investigated. Mayor Piccolo stated that this will be investigated and the issues will be clarified.
2. PUBLIC INPUT - Kathy Hanna-Smith - Billboard Lease Issue
Kathy Hanna-Smith, Carbon County Travel Bureau, discussed the funding to lease locations to place billboards for advertising our community. In the past, funds have been provided by the Restaurant Tax Committee. However, the committee wants the Travel Bureau to pay back $7,700 in quarterly payments beginning next year. The Travel Bureau is not funded by themselves, but by a number of partners. She asked if Price City could consider, along with Carbon County, Carbon County Travel Bureau, Restaurant Tax, College of Eastern Utah, and possibly the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, to help fund the leases for the billboards. The cost per entity would be $3,428 per year. Tentative sites would be near Spanish Fork, West Highway 6, East Highway 6 and Highway 10. Mayor Piccolo stated that a decision could not be reached tonight and suggested that the item be placed on the next agenda.
3. COUNCILMEMBERS REPORT - Update
The Mayor and Councilmembers provided an update on the activities that they administer.
4. RESOLUTION #2004-09 - Adoption of Budget For FY2004/05
MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that a Public Hearing be held to receive comments on adoption of the proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2004/05. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried. Mayor Piccolo opened the Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m. MOTION. There being no comments, Councilmember Tatton moved that the Public Hearing be closed and that
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Resolution #2004-09, adopting the budget, be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the resolution. Motion seconded by Councilmember Christman and carried. Public Hearing closed at 6:01 p.m.
5. RESOLUTION #2004-10 - Adoption of Proposed Price City Transportation Plan
MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that a Public Hearing be held to receive public comments on adoption of the proposed Price City Transportation Plan. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried. Mayor Piccolo opened the Public Hearing at 6:02 p.m. MOTION. There being no comments, Councilmember Wheeler moved that the Public Hearing be closed and that Resolution #2004-10, adopting the Price City Transportation Plan, be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the resolution. Motion seconded by Councilmember Christman and carried. Public Hearing closed at 6:03 p.m.
6. RESOLUTION #2004-11 - To Allow Public Input Regarding The Issuance And Tax Sale Of Not More Than $160,000 Aggregate Principal Amount Of Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2004 Of Price City, Carbon County, Utah, For The Purpose Of Financing The Renovation Of Existing Buildings And Real Property To House Administrative Offices And Programs
MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that a Public Hearing be held to receive comments on the Issuance and Tax Sale of not more than $160,000 Aggregate Principal Amount of Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2004 of Price City, Carbon County, Utah, for the purpose of financing the renovation of existing buildings and real property to house administrative offices and programs. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried. Mayor Piccolo opened the Public Hearing at 6:03 p.m. MOTION. There being no comments, Councilmember Denison moved that the Public Hearing be closed and that Resolution #2004-11, adopting the above, be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the resolution. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried. The Public Hearing closed at 6:04 p.m.
7. ANNETTE WATSON - Web Site Project
Mayor Piccolo introduced Annette Watson, who presented a community web page that she has prepared. Ms. Watson explained what it has to offer and how it will effect the community. Her goal is to sell advertising. She is seeking an advertising campaign to help her put this website together. Up to this point, she has used her own funds. Ms. Watson recommended placing a banner near the current marquee on 1st North to advertise the web page to encourage individuals to go to the web page to find out more information on events that are taking place. Mayor Piccolo recommended that staff review this to see what options are available. MOTION. Councilmember McEvoy moved that this item be placed on Unfinished Business and that Nick Tatton and Bret Cammans be authorized to look into this and bring a recommendation back to the Council. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
8. GARY JOHNSON - Flooding of Irrigation Ditch #14
Gary Johnson, 229 East 200 North, expressed his frustration with Irrigation Ditch #14 and the problems that he has experienced for the last ten years. The water users of the ditch do not keep it clean and it gets clogged, backs up and floods his yard and basement. He requested that either the ditch be kept cleaned or closed. It is a constant problem. Mayor Piccolo thanked Mr. Johnson for his input and as stated above on this same issue under Public Input, staff will look into the situation. He does not want to create any property damage. Until this issue can be resolved, the best solution is to get the residents to cooperate with each other. The City will help all they can and will get back to him as soon as possible.
9. UTILITY POWER POLE RELOCATION - 28 East 900 North (Steven Esplin)
The Council discussed the request at the last meeting of Steven Esplin, 28 East 900 North, to move a utility pole that is located on his property. Bret Cammans stated that if Mr.Esplin=s driveway is expanded, the pole will have to be removed. Utah Power & Light estimated it would cost $1,500 to move the pole 6 to 8 feet. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that this item be placed on Unfinished Business and that Mr. Cammans contact Mr. Esplin to determine if he would be willing to split the costs of this move. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
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10. TIM GWYTHER - Request To Lease City Owned Property Approved
Mayor Piccolo presented a letter from Tim Gwyther requesting that the City lease him a second plot of city owned property located near his residence at 340 West 400 North. When he purchased his home in 1982, the City allowed him to lease a portion of land from Price City to
allow him access and to connect his property to the 400 North road. During the years, he has experienced serious problems with flooding and has had to install large drain pipes to carry water through his property to the street and to the canal via a culvert under 400 North. In order to reduce future flooding, it will be necessary to start farther up on the drain field and terrace a steep slope of land owned by Price City. Mr. Gwyther requested that the City lease this additional portion of property to him, or sell the land to him. He will maintain this at his expense on an annual basis. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that an addendum to the existing lease agreement be made to include the additional property that has been requested and that the wording in the original lease remain as is to indicate that the lease shall continue from year to year until terminated by either the City or Mr. Gwyther. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.
CONSENT ITEMS - MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that Items #11 through #21 be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
11. MINUTES - May 26, 2004, June 3, 2004
12. A PAWN AND LOAN - Water Billing Credit in the amount of $1,522.13
13. RESOLUTION #2004-12 - Adoption of The Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan.
14. ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES WITH KIM A. HYATT FOR HISTORICAL REVIEW OF BUILDINGS IN PRICE CITY
15. UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - Agreement To Relocate Price City Waterline Up Price Canyon
16. BUDGET REVISION FOR FY2003-04 - Public Hearing Scheduled For June 23, 2004
17. HUMAN RESOURCE DIRECTOR - Permission To Advertise For Position
18. KATHY SHERMAN - Reclassification/Promotion Approved
19. KENT JONES - Reclassification/Promotion Approved
20. RON FOWLER - Reclassification/Promotion Approved
21. PARKS DEPARTMENT, GROUNDSKEEPER I - Permission To Advertise
22. STATE OF UTAH, DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, DIVISION OF WATER QUALITY - Planning Advance Agreement
Mayor Piccolo presented a Planning Advance Agreement with the State of Utah, Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Quality, for funding in the amount of $54,000 to identify, evaluate, and compare alternatives for water supply recovery, and potential for Type I reuse. Councilmember Denison expressed his concern regarding the terms of the funding. The agreement indicates that Price City will be expected to repay the planning advance whether a project is implemented or not. He understood that this was a grant and would not need to be repaid. He questioned if this pertains to both the Environmental Quality and the Community Impact Board. Mayor Piccolo stated that the CIB is a grant and the Environmental Quality is contingent upon the project moving forward and being repaid. If the project goes forward, the planning advance will come out of the construction portion of the funding. If the City gets into the middle of this and decides not to do anything, then we are liable to pay it back. This is tabbed as a hardship grant. Approximately 95% of these are forgiven, but it is based on the ability to repay. He believes Price City will have the ability to pay this. He believes this portion will be one that will be considered as repayment if we do nothing in the form of a project. Nick Tatton stated that the CIB component of this was applied for as a grant and is for Phase II of the scope of work. It will be July or August before it goes before the CIB Board. Mayor Piccolo stated that should there
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become a point where the City does not have funds to repay this, CIB will be a resource to provide the money. All of the planning grants that come before the Environmental Quality have this standard stipulation. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the agreement be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to execute the documents. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.
23. PRICE RIVER WATER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT - Update
Councilmember Wheeler reported that the word from the Price River Water Improvement District is Asave water@.
24. INTERNATIONAL DAYS COMMITTEE - Update
Councilmember McEvoy reported that events for International Days is moving right along. The movies have been lined up and in case of rain, it will be moved to the high school. The committee approved the request of Harvey Howard to conduct a stock car race the same weekend as International Days. They felt the more entertainment, the better. Main Street will be closed from Carbon Avenue to 2nd East beginning Friday night until conclusion of the parade. This will close that section off for parking and make the parade more visible. A pet contest has been organized and Councilmember Christman has put together a car show. Gary Sonntag reported that the 1952 LaFrance Fire Engine is running and will be in the parade. Councilmember McEvoy stated that in addition to the main float, the Library is also planning to place a float in the parade. Mayor Piccolo recommended any department desiring to enter a float is encouraged to participate. A schedule for the 3 days of activities will be placed in the Utility billing prior during the month of July. MOTION. Councilmember McEvoy moved that International Days for next year be scheduled for July 28, 29, 30, 2005. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried. Councilmember McEvoy stated that the next committee meeting is scheduled for noon on June 21st , 2004.
MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the meeting adjourn and that a meeting of the Redevelopment Agency convene. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
Meeting reconvened at 7:16 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
ATTEST: Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor
Joanne Lessar, City Recorder