Minutes of the Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

June 28, 2006, 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                                                           Laurie Tryon, City Recorder

Councilmembers:                                                                                  Pat Larsen, Finance Director

Kathy Hanna-Smith                                                             Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

Jeff Nielson                                                                           Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer

Rick Davis                                                                             Brett Cammans, Customer Service Director

Jeanne McEvoy                                                                   Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police

Richard Tatton                                                                     Joanne Lessar, City Recorder (Retired)

                                                                                                John Daniels, Human Resource Director


Others in Attendance: Ann Evans, Wade Williams, Pierre and Claudia Moynier, Nancy Cammans, Steve DeBuono,  Grady McEvoy, Susan Polster, Jan Young, Lisa Laursen, Amy Jespersen, Tom Ackerson, BreAna Tucker


1.             OATH OF OFFICE

City Recorder Joanne Lessar gave the Oath of Office to the new City Recorder, Laurie Tryon.

Joanne Lessar and Sharon Klarich are both retiring after many years of service given to Price City. A letter from Mayor Piccolo was read in appreciation of their dedication to the City.


2.             COUNCILMEMBERS REPORT- Update


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


3.             FITNESS CHALLENGE TROPHY-Presented


Mayor Piccolo presented the Healthy Utah Traveling Trophy that Price City has once again received for the healthiest city in Utah with a total of 90,456 miles walked within the city. Creekview Elementary accounted for most of the walking miles with Castle Valley Center following their lead. Mayor Piccolo gave praise to John Daniels and the Wellness Committee for their continued efforts and goals to make Price City a healthier place to work. 


4.             PUBLIC INPUT-


Susan Polster updated the City Council on the progress of the Dino-Mine Adventure Park/Playground. Building of the playground begins on 9/11/06 and ends on 9/16/06 with one week of actual building time. This playground has been designed by children and community members with approximately 1,000 volunteers ready to build in just 11 weeks. Terrace Hills Park will be the designated location for the playground with many amenities for children including a section for tots and musical instruments incorporated into the playground. Funding for the playground is being done through fund-raisers and donations with people encouraged to purchase bricks, benches and fence slats with their families names on them in lieu of their donation. Councilmembers inquired about the life span of the material and equipment used for this project and who would be responsible for the maintenance in years to come. Ms. Polster informed the Commission of the 25 year life span guarantee of the Treks products. It does however, not cover vandalism to the park which could happen at any time. The (donation) engraving in the fence pickets could be re-engraved if necessary by Castle Valley Center. The Playground Committee has chosen how the playground will come together with a careful selection of additional products that would easily come apart or break. The best material, to build the playground is a structural engineered plastic which costs approximately $76,000. The committee is looking at other avenues or ways to cut down on the use of this expensive material and will check with Gary Sonntag to determine the most practical ways to use this product resourcefully. The committee has a $6,000 budget set aside for signs and location markers to be placed on the highway into Price for visitors and will contact DOT for more information. The donation process is coming along but the project still needs money, a $75,000 donation is promised with over $15,000 collected already.  The financial need and goal is $200,000.

Landscaping will be a (wheelchair accessible-ADA) wood fiber ground cover directly around the playground with added grass and trees. An existing sprinkler system will be used for watering purposes and some existing grass/trees and sprinklers will be removed to accommodate the changes. Councilmember McEvoy mentioned how County Commissioner Krompel appreciated the idea of the support given by Mayor Piccolo and the City Council with the approval of the maintenance agreement earlier this year. Mayor Piccolo requested an explanation of how the funding for this project is being handled and who the playground belongs to. Ms. Polster explained that the money is coming in to Delynn Fielding of Carbon County and then filtered to Price City. A check is then cut from Price City directly to the vendors to pay bills in order to follow Price City policies. The project is being built on the ground Price City donated and when the playground is complete it will be donated to Price City.  Carbon County is supporting the playground and assisting the committee in getting the word out for this community owned project. Price City receives the most benefit from this project. Councilmember Jeanne McEvoy is the liaison for Price City from the playground committee. Grants are being applied for through the Special Service District using Price City as the owner. Mayor Piccolo wanted to know if this was a Price City project in order to use Price City’s name for grants.  City Attorney Nick Sampinos recommended the playground committee clear this item up before grants are used with Price City as the owner for grant applications. Mayor Piccolo wished the committee good luck and commended their efforts.


 5.            BID OPENING- 10-Foot In-Bed Sander and Salt Spreader


The following bids were received for the purchase of a 10-Foot in-Bed Sander and Salt Spreader. Councilmember Tatton motioned for the Public Works Department to review and award the bid as necessary. Councilmember Nielson seconded the motion. Motion Carried.

Tesco, Salt Lake City-         $ 12, 302.00 (Carbon Steel)

$ 16,552.00 (304 Stainless Steel)


AG Truck, Salt Lake City-$15,985.00 (Carbon Steel)

$18,895.00 (304 Stainless Steel)


H&K Truck, Salt Lake City-$11,815.00 (Carbon Steel-includes Sander, Electric Hyd & Installation)

$14,114.00 (304 Stainless Steel-includes S.S. Sander, Electric Hyd.& Installation)  

   6.        VISIONARY SERVICE LEADER AWARD-Presented to Steve DeBuono of J.C. Penneys


Mayor Piccolo presented the Visionary Service Leader Award to Mr. Steve DuBuono from JCPenney’s for the month of June 2006 for his help with the Main Street Program, customer service, dedication and assistance with civic organizations.  Mr. DuBuono has many volunteer hours and has been a valuable asset to the community.


   7.        BUCK AND CLAUDIA MOYNIER-Request to upgrade access road


Mr. and Mrs. Moynier own a home located at 555 Park Drive in Price. The home is located above the old Price City water tanks. Their driveway to the home directly connects from an access road owned by Price City to the Park Drive Street below the homes. This access road to the home has become deteriorated, abused and neglected to the point it is unsafe. There have been two accidents on the road in two years and an incident where an ambulance could not access the road until a city vehicle arrived for assistance. The roadway needs to be resurfaced in compliance with other Price City Streets that give access to other local resident’s driveways but, the city no longer uses the road. This is the only access to the Moynier home and has not been resurfaced for almost 50 years. The access road has water pipes still being used running under the entire length of the road even though Price City does not use the water tanks anymore. The Moyniers feel they should not be responsible to pave a city street. Gary Sonntag has spoken to the Moyniers and recommended they approach the City Council with the issue. There are funds in the Class C fund for road maintenance but, this road does not fall under this category.  MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that staff research this issue and return to Council with ideas and costs as to how to improve the road within city specs. Councilmemeber McEvoy seconded the motion. Motion carried.


 8.          MAIN STREET PROGRAM REPORT- Nancy Cammans, Main Street Coordinator


Nancy Cammans presented an update on the Main Street Program to the City Council. Mrs. Cammans has returned from a conference in New Orleans and provided the Council with several ideas to improve the downtown business area. The downtown area needs to be inviting for visitors and our community to keep shopping local as well as creating night activities for visitors staying in our Hotels.  Simple projects and enhancements to buildings can be as inexpensive as removing old signs, sweeping and washing areas in front of stores not being used, to a coat of paint on a storefront door. She would also like business owners to start targeting a different market each time an event is held so they are not trying to cover too much at once. Ideas will be incorporated into the next meetings for discussion to promote the downtown area. An open house is being held on July 19th from 11a.m. to 1p.m and the City Council and Mayor are invited. An idea that Mrs. Cammans would like to begin working on is the purchase of Kiosks stationed in different sections of the city with information on activities and functions offered in Price.  Nancy will return to the Council as the ideas progress.



9.           JANITORIAL SERVICES-Discussion


Diane Martino has submitted her resignation effective July 7, 2006. Bret Cammans would like to consider replacing the full time position with one part-time employee to assist Building Maintenance and also contracting services to assist with the janitorial portion. This will give the City a chance to evaluate different types of contract services. The Council felt it would probably be necessary to sign a contract of an appropriate length of time in order to receive quality workers. Price City would have to investigate the liability aspects of letting contract employees use City equipment and whether or not background checks and bonding would be necessary. Council would like to try this idea for a temporary period of 6-12 months. Bret needs Council approval to begin the process. MOTION was made by Councilmember Hanna-Smith to move forward with the research process and report back to the City Council. Seconded by Councilmember Tatton. Motion carried.




a. Healing Hearts Foundation-100 N. 214 E.-Business and Sign

b. Utah Central Credit Union-830 East Main- Building Addition/Remodel-Preliminary and Final

c. Four Corners Community Behavioral Health, Inc.-575 East 100 South-Building Additions

d. Check N’Go-704 East Main Street-Business and Sign


MOTION. Councilmember Nielson moved that the businesses be approved upon the purchase of a business license. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna Smith. Motion carried.         


CONSENT ITEMS - MOTION. Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved that Items #11Through #25 be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Nielson and carried.


 11.        MINUTES- June 14, 2006, June 21, 2006-Special Meeting


 12.        RESOLUTION # 2006-13. Adoption of Sewer Rate Increase


 13.        RESOLUTION # 2006-14. Adoption of Police Department Service Fees


 14.        RESOLUTION # 2006-15. Adoption of Swimming Pool Fee Increase


 15.        RESOLUTION # 2006-16. Adoption of an Electric Rate Increase


 16.        COLD STONE CREAMERY (RICHARD HACKWELL)-Application for EASY program-Approved.


 17.        FLEET INVENTORY REDUCTION-Surplus Vehicles


A total of 16 City vehicles will be affected in the fleet inventory adjustment.

9 vehicles- replaced

6 vehicles-transferred into other departments

4 new vehicles purchased

10 vehicles will be surplused and sold with the fleet reduced of 6 vehicles.




Permission to purchase a 10-Wheel Dump Truck through State bid.




Permission to purchase Drainage Culvert material.


20.         SWIMMING POOL CLERK- Approval to advertise and replace Swimming Pool Clerk.


21.         SWIMMING POOL SHIFT SUPERVISOR-RESOLUTION#2006-17-Permission to hire 3 employees.


22.         NEW HIRE- Brian May, Streets Department Equipment Operator II


23.         CARBON COUNTY-Request to waive building fees for expansion of Sheriff’s facility


                Carbon County would like Price City to waive the building fees on their new Sheriff’s facility expansion. Price City does not have a Building Official at this time to view the building plans and will therefore need to send the plans off to Sunrise Engineering to be reviewed. If Carbon County would like to perform their own inspections and review their own plans, Price City can waive the building fees. If Carbon County cannot do their own inspections and  Price City has to out source the plans for review, Carbon County would then be responsible for the outsourcing fees incurred. MOTION. Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved to waive the fees if Carbon County agrees to perform their own inspections and plan review or be charged the outsourcing fee to send the plans to Sunrise Engineering. Seconded by Councilmember Davis and carried.




The City Sanitation contract has been revised by City Attorney Nick Sampinos. The same contract was used with changes to reflect the dates and rate increases. There would be a $0.20 increase each year on the cost of the garbage containers beginning at $6.00 for the first can. The $0.20 increases would be $7.80 per container in ten years. City Sanitation has offered to continue providing free services, roll off service (which includes 31 containers emptied during year), and 13 front load containers at the parks, City hall, Museum, Water Plant and the Domes. He will also provide service around parks, the white cans we currently have will be replaced with green containers free of charge. First agreement has been in place for ten years with some changes in 2001.MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy made a motion to approve the contract as presented.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith. Councilmember McEvoy has hesitation approving a contract without a hard copy in front of her to review. She has not had the proper amount of time to review the contract. She will approve the contract with the faith of the Mayor’s decision. Nick Sampinos suggested to amend the motion subject to Councilmembers be given more time to read the contract. The comments can be given to Nick Sampinos’ office by June 30th and if there are no comments from the Council then approval from tonight still stands and signatures can be given. Amended Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith.


 25.          COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND-Discussion

Councilmember McEvoy would like permission to sell refreshments before the culture connection events to raise money for the playground committee. The City Council will waive the vendor permit. MOTION: Councilmember McEvoy made a motion to grant permission to sell refreshments during the summer schedule of the Culture Connection and all fees be waived. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.


A request by City Council was also made to notify the Council by email. each time money is received for the Community Playground project.                                                                                            


26.           PRWID-Update

Councilmember Tatton had an update on the PRWID Helper Bypass which is moving ahead and going well. Also, adding one person at the treatment plant will be supported by PRWID. The Carbon Canal project is complete. PRWID rental schedule and liability issues were reviewed.



 Councilmember Hanna-Smith reported The International Days event is progressing along well for the end of     July.  Ed Howa has been invited to sit on Community Progress Board for the Main Street program.


  28.       POWER BOARD-Update

Councilmember Tatton reported the power rates have been approved. There are four options for the Rebuild Substation project with option #3 looking to be the best choice without much expansion into the existing parking lot. Bruno Engineering will get all of the details and exact costs to Price City to move ahead.  A discussion on power took place today with UAMPS.  IPP project is moving forward. IPP Unit 3 will begin with the Power Sales contracts on 12/31/06 with the project taking approximately four years. The payback on our share of our power was that Price City would have an added rate amount for our power.


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


 Meeting Adjourned at 8:38 p.m.                                                                                                      

 Reconvened at 8:43 p.m.


 Meeting adjourned at 8:46 p.m.



               ATTEST:                                                                            Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor


    Laurie Tryon, City Recorder