Minutes of the Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

June 27, 2007 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                       Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer                      

Councilmembers:                             Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

Jeff Nielson                                           John Daniels, Human Resource Director

Richard Tatton                                    Bret Cammans, Customer Service Director

Jeanne McEvoy                                   Aleck Shilaos, Police Chief

Rick Davis                                            Laurie Tryon, City Recorder

Kathy Hanna-Smith                           Nick Tatton, Community Director

                                                                Lisa Richens, Finance Department

                                                                Pat Larsen, Finance Director


Others Present: Gary Lyon, C.J. McManus, Lisa Richens, Jerri Timothy, Troop #299 Boy Scouts of America (Citizenship and Community Badge): Mitchell Ith, Zach Barney, Landon Barr and Blake Bean, Bob Springmeyer, Jon Springmeyer, Scott Barney, Valerie Shannon, Shawn Temple and Tyler Shannon


Troop #299 Boy Scout, Zach Barney led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above Councilmembers and staff in attendance.



The Mayor and Councilmembers presented an update on the activities and functions in which they have participated.


2.             PUBLIC COMMENT

Bonneville Research presented the results of the Business License Fee Analysis that the company is doing for Price City as the fees have not been updated since 1999.  Mr. Bob Springmeyer and Mr. John Springmeyer were the presenters. The UTAH CODE ANN.§ 10-1-203 places limitations on business license fees and requires that all licenses and fees be reflective of the actual costs of providing services to the licensee. The fees presented were based on inspection time from city employees. The direct and indirect regulatory costs attributable to the business licensing unit and other city departments (such as police, fire, and planning & zoning) are involved with the business licensing approval/renewal process. Bonneville Research presented the current and future needs of Price City with additional businesses that may not yet be listed in the current code. The fees will be discussed by the Mayor, City Council and staff in the next few weeks for a complete review of the proposed fee schedule. A comparison of the fees Price City currently charges needs to be compared to the fees that are suggested by Bonneville Research. The Mayor and Council thanked the two gentlemen for attending the meeting and making their presentation.


3.             PUBLIC COMMENT

John Daniels, Human Resource Director, extended his appreciation to the Mayor and City Council for their participation and support in the Safety and Wellness Committees that have been created for Price City employees. Price City now offers programs and training sessions to employees to reduce the high costs of health care. We now have committees to handle tough items such as weight, smoking, nutrition and learning to make better choices to live healthier. The Mayor and City Council have supported these activities and sessions with visible attendance, written support and policy changes.  Our wellness screening attendance has gone from 6 employees four years ago to 45 employees currently, which shows that employees and their spouses are taking their health seriously. Price City received the 2006 Policy Award from the State of Utah due to the efforts Price City has made with healthier food choices at meetings. We currently have 4 employees involved in the smoking cessation support group, one employee with a 25 pound weight loss in one year and a spouse of an employee with a weight loss that has reduced that person’s daily intake of 12 pills a day to 3 pills a day.


4.             PUBLIC COMMENT

Tyler Shannon and Shawn Temple presented apologies to the Mayor, City Council and citizens for their participation in the graffiti damage to property in Price City. They fully understand the negative effect it had on Price City and the businesses involved. The consequences were very hard on everyone and Mr. Shannon and Mr. Temple promised to make better choices in the future.    

5.             VISIONARY SERVICE LEADER AWARD- Jerri Timothy

                Jerri Timothy was presented with the Visionary Service Leader Award for all of her dedication and contribution within the community and her participation with charitable projects.


6.             PUBLIC HEARING- Public Hearing for Approval of the Budget Revision Fiscal Year 2006-2007 with Resolution 2007-16 Amending Resolution 2007-07 and Setting Forth the Revised Budget of Price City, Utah for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2007


                MOTION. Councilmember McEvoy moved to open the Public Hearing for the Approval of the Budget Revision for Fiscal Year 2006-2007. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith              and carried. No public comment was presented. MOTION. Councilmember McEvoy moved to approve the Budget Revision and Resolution 2007-16 for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2007 and to close the public hearing. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried.   





                Councilmember Nielson reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission denied the following request for a Conditional Use Permit.


                a. Puptown LLC.- 175 Carbon Ave.-Margaret Rinaldi, Owner- Business


                This item did not receive favorable approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission, which recommended that the City Council consider a change to the Land Use Development Code to possibly allow this type of business in the MD zone which will require a public hearing to be set.

                MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to make the necessary changes to the Land Use Development Code to allow this type of business in the MD zone and to set a public hearing for July 11, 2007. Motion seconded by Councilmember Nielson. Motion carried.


                Councilmember Nielson reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave favorable recommendations for the following requests for Conditional Use Permits with contingencies or recommendations.


                b. Bellasano Salon and Spa-47 N. 100 E.- Alicia Marrelli, Owner-Business Final

                c. Castle Valley Carwash- 143 N. 100 E.-Steve Hillam, Const. Manager-Amendment Final

                d. Florence Subdivision-1400 E. 800 N.-Tony Basso, Owner- Concept and Preliminary

                e. Aaron’s Sales and Lease- 828 E. Main-Dave Ariotti, Representative-Preliminary and Final

                f. Sheriff Intake Building-Dave Levanger, Carbon County-Preliminary Only

                g. Pinnacle Academy-210 N. 600 E.-Roberta Hardy, Chief Admin. Officer- Building and Development- Approved with the following contingencies:

·         Completion of existing development agreement requirements relative to infrastructure improvements along 300 North Street, adjacent to the Pinnacle Canyon Academy property (curb, gutter, sidewalk, etc.); Commission set a deadline date of July 1, 2008 for completion of all necessary development requirements with all planning, design, engineering work to be completed by December 31, 2007, including completion of a new survey plat and remedying public right-of-way dedication discrepancies.

·         Completion and installation of off-street parking.  Off street parking requirements (number of spaces) must be set by conditional use permit according to Section 6.4.15 of the Price City Land Use Management and Development Code.  It is recommended that the spaces be required based on the reported average number of employees and driving students at the school at any one time, plus a minimum of 5 spaces for visitors; Commission set a deadline date of July 1, 2009 for off street parking lot completion.


                MOTION. Councilmember Nielson moved to approve items b, c, d ,e, f and g as presented by the Planning and Zoning Commission with staff recommendations and contingencies as written. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy. Motion carried.


CONSENT ITEMS- MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that items #6 through # 23 be approved with item #13, 15 and 16 removed from the agenda for discussion. Motion seconded by Councilmember Davis and carried.


8.             MINUTES –

                June 13, 2007 City Council

                June 13, 2007 Community Development and Renewal Agency


9.             RESOLUTION 2007-15 – Approval of Resolution 2007-15 Authorizing the Chief of Police as the Representative of Price City and Price City Police Department to Secure Transfer of Surplus Federal Property through the Utah State Agency for Surplus Property


10.          LIBRARY- Authorization to Advertise and Hire for a Part-Time Employee in the Library. Authorization to Change Jolynda Varner from a Full Time Position to a Part Time Position.


11.          FINANCE DEPARTMENT- Approved for Fiscal Year 2006-2007

                Library Fund from General Fund                                     $344,170.50

                General Fund from Water Fund                                       $114,950.00

                General Fund from Electric Fund                                     $634,200.00

                Pool Fund from General Fund                                          $228,550.00

                Drug Task Force Fund from General Fund                     $44,200.00

                Capital Projects from General Fund                                                $421,000.00

                Driver School Fund from General Fund                          $3,000.00

                Funds as Authorized by Budget                       Total      $1,787,071


12.          LIBRARY BOARD- Approval of a New Boardmember: Leo Dolan


13.          FINANCE DEPARTMENT- Authorization to Adopt the Certified Tax Rate of .002404 and the Revenue of $674,168.00


14.          PARKS DEPARTMENT- Authorization to Purchase a Sod Cutter from Received Quotations

            The Parks Department requests permission to purchase a sod cutter. Three quotations have been received: RMT $3,228 (RyanJr., 6hpBriggStra, 18” blade), RMT $3,370 (RyanJr., 5.5hp Honda, 18”blade), Alamaia $3,695 (RyanJr., 6hpVanguard, 18”blade). The sod cutter with the best value and that best fits the City’s expectations will be selected.


15.          OLD CENTRAL SCHOOL DEMOLITION- Authorization for Partial Payment #3 on Project# 5C-2007 to MKP Enterprise

MKP Enterprise has submitted an invoice for final payment in the amount of $74,600 for the demolition and backfill work at the old central school demolition site. The demolition work is done and they are still working on the backfill; therefore, it is recommended that a partial payment be approved in the amount of $49,900 for the demolition work.


16.          CLASS ‘C’ ROAD IMPROVEMENTS- Authorization to Accept the Bid Award Report for Project# 6C-2007

The Class C Road projects were awarded as follows: Cracksealing-Hot Asphalt Company; Slurry Seal-M&M Asphalt; Mill & Overlay-Nielson Construction; Paint Striping-Interstate Barricades. The award for the crack seal and slurry seal were reduced from the bid amount to fit within budget constraints.


17.          DEMAND SIDE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM- Authorization to Purchase Compact Fluorescent Bulbs for the Demand Side Management Program. Sutherlands Lumber was the Preferred Bidder Subsequent to a Public Opening of Bids


18.          SOUTH PARK CDBG CONTRACT- Approval of a Contract and Authorization of Signatures on the Contract. Contract is for $131,322 in Community Development Block Grant Funding (CDBG) for Improvements to Price City South Park


19.          BUILDING MAINTENANCE- Authorization to Promote Bob Whitten from Part-Time to Full-Time


20.          PAUL BEDONT and NICK TATTON- Travel Approved

                Paul Bedont- Fire Pattern Recognition and Interview and Interrogation Techniques, August 20-22, Las Vegas, Nevada

                Nick Tatton- Utah Rural Summit, August 8-9, 2007, Cedar City, Utah

                Nick Tatton- Annual UAMPS, Utah Alliance for Economic Development and GOED Meetings- Various Locations


21.          POLICE DEPARTMENT- Authorization to Begin the Process of Hiring a New Police Officer


                This position is a full time policeman for Price City and not a part of the proposed School Resource Officer (SRO). Information from the School Board is necessary before the SRO position can be considered. This position will be for a fully certified officer. If there are no candidates fitting the certified officer criteria, the option of choosing from the existing roster could be considered. The SRO position and this full time police officer position are two completely separate issues. MOTION. Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved to begin the process of hiring a new Police Officer. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried four votes to one.


                Councilmember Tatton- Naye                          Councilmember Hanna-Smith- Aye

                Councilmember Davis- Aye                              Councilmember Nielson- Aye

                Councilmember McEvoy- Aye  


22.          FINANCE DEPARTMENT – Authorization to Pay Lewis, Young, Robertson & Burningham, Inc. a Total of $5,780.00 for the Zap Tax Consulting in 2006


                Original amount was $7,225.00. Price City will pay a total of $5,780.00 for the Zap Tax Consulting work that took place in 2006. The remaining amount will be held in abeyance out of this year’s budget until the City is contacted by Lewis, Young, Robertson & Burningham, Inc. and/or discussion takes place.  MOTION. Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved to hold the difference of $1145.00 in a fund for up to twelve months and pay $5,780.00 to Lewis, Young, Robertson & Burningham, Inc. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.


23.          CITY ENGINEER- Authorization to Recruit, Advertise and Hire a City Engineer


                Councilmember McEvoy is in support of hiring a City Engineer but feels that the qualifications and title of a Project Engineer may be more suitable for the needs of Price City. At this point, Price City has more projects on the CIB list than one engineer can accomplish. Councilmember Davis witnessed the tremendous amount of workload in the Engineering office and stated that Price City has too many projects at one time. Price City needs to decide to either hire another engineer or cut back on projects as it cannot continue at the pace the City is going. When a project is bid out to a contracting company, it should be stipulated that the contractor will take the job from beginning to end without taking time away from the engineer’s duties. This would save time and money for the City. John Daniels suggested updating the job description of City Engineer to include Project Engineer skills and qualifications without the P.E. degree. This may receive a better reception from qualified applicants with a variety of skills and education and give the City options. The City needs to make it clear in the advertising that we are looking for a manager for projects. With the labor market as it is today, finding a City Engineer may be difficult and we will need options to work around. Gary Sonntag would like to see the City hire a P.E., licensed and experienced engineer. MOTION. Councilmember McEvoy moved to approve, advertise and hire a City Engineer with project management skills. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried.


24.          PRWID- Update by Councilmember Tatton

·         PRWID met on June 19, 2007

·         Helper is now buying water from PRWID, for a short term in view of reduction in spring flows.

·         Kathy Dahl’s retirement party will be held on July 13th from 12 noon to 2 p.m.


25.          POWER BOARD- Update by Councilmember McEvoy

·         IPP3 discussion- update presented by Nick Tatton concerning the status of the IPP3 contract. Council concluded further review was necessary before considering any change to the current Price City position in the project.

·         Power substation- easement signed and complete-ready to move forward with the project.

·         Rate restructuring discussion-a rate increase for Price City is coming very soon. A proposed restructuring of rates will be placed on the next agenda in order to get it approved before the rate increase.  

·         Operation & Maintenance contract- the Rocky Mountain Power contract will be emailed to the Mayor and Council for review.               



·         In order to stabilize the new entrance sign by the hospital, additional funding is necessary. The item has already been approved. Council agreed to continue with installation of the sign as it is under $2,000 and does not need to return to Council for approval.



                a. Committee Review for Street Banners, Signs and A-Frame Signs

A committee review meeting needs to be held for further discussion on this issue and brought to Council for clarification

                b. Road Audit- 200 and 400 North- 100 E.

                c. Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk Improvements on 2nd South


MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to close the regular City Council meeting and go into the Community Development and Renewal Agency meeting. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy. Motion carried.


Meeting adjourned at 8:44 p.m. for the Community Development and Renewal Agency meeting.

Meeting reconvened at 8:45 p.m.

Councilmember McEvoy moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:56 p.m.





                                                                                                                          Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor





Laurie Tryon, City Recorder