Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting
City Hall: Price, Utah
July 12, 2000, 5:30 p.m.
Present: Vernon W. Jones, Community Administrator
Councilmembers: Joanne Lessar, City Recorder
Roy A. Nikas Pat Larsen, Finance Director
Betty P. Wheeler Gary Sonntag, PWD/City Engineer
Joe L. Piccolo Keith Wight, Human Resource Director
Excused: Mayor Lou Colosimo
Councilmember Stephen L. Denison
Nick Sampinos, City Attorney
Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police
Huey S. Nham Dave Babcock Doug Atkin
Clark Mackay Pat Rothacher Rhonda Birch
John Serfustini Mitzi Burbano
Councilmember Nikas led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above members in attendance.
1. MAYOR PROTEMPORE - Roy A. Nikas
MOTION. In the absence of Mayor Colosimo, Councilmember Piccolo moved that Councilmember Roy A. Nikas be appointed Mayor Protempore. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
2. MINUTES - June 28, 2000
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the minutes of the June 28, 2000 meeting be approved as written. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
3. BID OPENING - Public Safety Building Exterior Siding
The following bid was received for the Public Safety building exterior siding:
JD Home Improvements $19,500
MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that a committee, consisting of herself, Councilmember Tatton, Vern Jones, Gary Sonntag, Pat Larsen, and Fermin Gutierrez, be appointed to review the bid and report back to the Council. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
4. URS ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS - Update On Road Widening Between Price City and Wellington
Doug Atkin, Project Manager for URS Engineering Consultants, presented information on the road widening between Price City and Wellington. They have been hired by the Utah Department of Transportation to prepare the design for the roadway widening. Through the area that is built up, there will be a five lane section, two lanes in each direction, a left turn permissive median, and 10' shoulders on each side and sidewalks. Through the area that isn’t built up, it will be 10' shoulders, two lanes each direction and a 14' permissive left turn median. There are a few environmental issues, such as the wetlands area and some right-of-way takings through front yards. They will avoid taking any homes. Traffic will be kept open during construction, with one lane open at all times. The public information meeting will be scheduled in mid to late August. Construction will begin approximately in the summer of 2001. Gary Sonntag asked if anything was being done to accommodate bicycle/pedestrian traffic. Mr. Atkin stated that the 10' shoulders would be used for this. The Council thanked URS Consultants for their input.
5. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - Fees Waived For Peace Garden
Rhonda Birch, representing Habitat For Humanity, requested that rental fees be waived for use of the Peace Garden for July 16th, August 20th, and September 17th to hold devotional services.
MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that with the exception of hard costs, that rental fees be waived. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
6. VELORA ANDERSON - Request To Place Prettyman Cabin In Pioneer Park - Struck
7. ALMA DEBAER - Home Party Sales - Struck
8. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Councilmember Tatton discussed Price City’s involvement with Economic Development. He feels it is being done on a sporadic basis. He would like to see the Council and Mayor be the Economic Development committee for the City, but on a more formal basis so we can interact with the Carbon Future group with a definitive direction and request direction back from that body. One of the Councilmembers could be assigned to attend meetings with Carbon Future so that we are consistent. This group could meet once a month prior to the Council Meeting. Councilmember Piccolo stated that the Mayor is the assigned representative to Carbon Future. It was recommended that Economic Development be placed on the Council Meeting agenda as an Unfinished Business item to be discussed and reviewed as needed.
9. B and M Glass Repair - Home Occupied Business Approved
Councilmember Piccolo reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to Bret Fausett to operate B and M Glass Repair from his home located at 1101 South Carbon Avenue, #97. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the business be approved upon payment of the business license fee. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
10. JOHN ALGER, EMERY COUNTY FAIR - Conditional Use Permits
Councilmember Piccolo reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for Conditional Use Permits.
John Alger - 745 East 200 South (old Carbon Credit Union parking lot) - Fill Work
Emery County Fair - Three or four A-Frame Signs - To be placed on private property and not on the public right-of-way.
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the requests be approved and that Conditional Use Permits be issued. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
11. VERN JONES - Travel Approved
Mayor Protem Nikas presented the following travel request.
Vern Jones - Rural Water Association of Utah Summer Conference, August 8,9, Ogden, Utah
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the travel be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
12. RESOLUTION #2000-15 (UTAH ASSOCIATED MUNICIPAL POWER SYSTEMS) - Opposition To Breach Or Remove Colorado River Storage Project Dams Or Drain Associated Reservoirs.
Vern Jones presented Resolution #2000-15, opposing any effort to breach or remove Colorado River Storage Project dams or drain associated reservoirs and authorizing the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems to vote accordingly. This involves the Glen Canyon on the Colorado River, Flaming Gorge on the Green River, and Blue Mesa, Morrow Point and Crystal on the Gunnison River. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that subject to review by Mr. Sampinos, that Resolution #2000-15 be adopted and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the resolution. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
13. CITY WIDE CLASS “C” ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT #18C-2000 - Contract Awarded
Gary Sonntag reported that the committee appointed to review the bids received on the City Wide Class “C” Road Improvement Project awarded the contract to Valley Asphalt for the bid amount of $344,868.29.
14. FLORENCE SUBDIVISION, PLAT A, 1400 EAST 800 NORTH - Development Agreement
Gary Sonntag reported that the Florence Subdivision is complete and eligible for final release of the Development Agreement and the remaining funds in escrow in the amount of $15,926.00 MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that final release of the funds in escrow be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
15. CLINTON SANDERSON, 326 EAST 200 SOUTH - Development Agreement - Final Release
Gary Sonntag reported that the Clint Sanderson project at 326 East 200 South is complete and eligible for final release of the Development Agreement and remaining funds in escrow in the amount of $4,591.00. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that final release of the funds in escrow be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
16. QUENTIN & KAREN FRATT, 230 EAST 400 SOUTH - Development Agreement - Final Release
Gary Sonntag reported that the Quentin and Karen Fratt project at 230 East 400 South is complete and eligible for finial release of the Development Agreement and remaining funds in escrow in the amount of $124.00. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that final release of the funds in escrow be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
17. SHOP AND FLEET DEPARTMENT - Permission To Purchase Vehicles and Equipment Approved
Gary Sonntag requested permission to purchase the following items that have been budgeted for the current year. The items will be purchased through the State bid list, through a dealer selling used vehicles and equipment, through bid advertisement, or solicitation of quotations.
Mid size truck for Building Inspection
Mid size truck for Building Maintenance
Riding lawn mower for Building Maintenance
Two patrol cars for Police Dept.
Car for Public Works Dept.
Road Grader for Streets Dept.
Narrow Asphalt Milling Machine for Streets Dept.
Digital Lab Scope and Graphing Multimeter for Shop Dept.
Pneumatic Oil Dispenser for Shop Dept.
9000 Lb. Vehicle Hoist for Shop Dept.
½ Ton Pick Up Truck for Parks Dept.
Electrical Generator for Shop Dept.
The Council discussed the need for a riding lawn mower for Building Maintenance if the Parks Department were going to take over this task. Councilmember Wheeler indicated that this has not yet been decided. A committee consisting of herself, Councilmember Tatton, Parks Dept. Supervisor Suda Merriman and Building Maintenance Supervisor Fermin Gutierrez will meet on this issue. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that with the exception of the riding lawn mower, that the above items be approved for purchase. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
18. CERTIFIED TAX RATE - .002505
Pat Larsen reported that Carbon County has informed her that the Certified Tax Rate for Price City for the year 2000 is .002505. This will generate $560,203 in revenue. Last years rate was .002676. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the tax rate be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
19. CITY CREDIT CARD - Charge Limit Increased
Pat Larsen requested permission to increase the charge limit on credit cards from $20,000 to $35,000. City departments are using the card to purchase their required items, which has become a convenient to operate. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
20. TAMARA KLARICH -Promotion/Reclassification
Keith Wight requested permission to promote and reclassify Tamara Klarich to Aquatics Supervisor, Grade 13, effective July 16, 2000. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the promotion/reclassification be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
21. CHARLES ANDERSON - Resignation Approved
MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the resignation of Charles Anderson be approved and that permission be given to advertise to hire a replacement. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
22. RONNIE VALENCIA - Permission To Reclassify From Full Time To Part Time
Keith Wight reported that Ronnie Valencia, Head Library Aide, would like to be reclassified from a full time employee to a part time employee to allow him to return to school full time. The Librarian would like permission to switch jobs with another person in the library who is qualified to replace Mr. Valencia. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the reclassification be approved and that permission be given to advertise within the Library for a Head Library Aide. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
23. FERMIN GUTIERREZ - Wage Adjustment Approved
Keith Wight reported that Fermin Gutierrez was promoted a year ago to Building Maintenance Supervisor. His probation period has been completed and he is eligible for a wage adjustment. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the wage adjustment be approved effective May 1, 2000. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
24. INTERNATIONAL DAYS COMMITTEE - Permission To Paint Mural On Water Tank
Councilmember Piccolo reported that the International Days Committee met and everything seems to be on target. To date, 49 vendors have registered for the park. The car show will be held in Pioneer Park on Saturday. Between 150 and 200 cars are expected to be displayed. Castleview Hospital has requested permission to paint a mural on the water tank that is adjacent and to the west of Pioneer Park. The painting will be done by Marsha Vincent and children from 10 to 13 years of age. As the International Days theme is “Children Are Our Future”, the topic of this mural is “what am I going to be when I grow up?” The child tells her, she draws it, and the child paints the figurine. She will start this process on July 20th. After the children have painted, Marsha will paint the background. The mural will be approximately 15' tall and 20' in length. This will represent one panel of three that will occur on this tank if this project follows through from one year to the next, making a 60' mural. The third section would be renewed in the fourth year. The center would be painted, then one side and then the other. This will leave a little bit of history on International Days or the flavor of the community as it grows. By the time the mural is complete, some of these children will be in high school. Hopefully the project will perpetuate itself. Castleview Hospital has agreed to furnish all the paint and accept full responsibility for any liability. The only responsibility to the City will be to furnish a scissor lift or scaffolding. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the request to paint a mural on the water tank be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
25. CANAL PROJECT - Update
Mayor Protem Nikas reported that the Price/Wellington Control Board voted to go ahead with piping the canal. This information will be sent back to each of the stockholders of each of the water companies to vote on the amended requirements along with what the costs would be for those tying in to the line in the future. These costs would go back to the people putting the money up front, such as Price City, Wellington and the Price Water Company. The project is approximately 30 days away from final approval.
26. CARON COUNTY - Payment For Carbon County Future Approved
Pat Larsen reported that the payment for Carbon County Future has been paid for the 1999/2000 year. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the payment be ratified. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
27. GARY CHRISTENSEN - 505 East 500 South - Sewer Line Approved
Gary Sonntag reported that he consulted with Harold Valdez, Streets Supervisor, regarding the irrigation line requested by Gary Christensen at 505 East 500 South. Mr. Valdez indicated that it is possible for Mr. Christensen to obtain irrigation water if, at his own expense, he bores underneath the road. He would then install a pipe from the irrigation ditch under the road to his property. He would still have to use a pump. The ditch along the west side of 500 East is a hazard and it might be practical for the City to install culvert that could be buried to prevent any problems. If Mr. Christensen goes ahead, he would have a gate to back up the water. If the water is backed up, he may be able to force it in to his property. Councilmember Piccolo asked if any research had been done regarding the right-of-way to the ditch that previously existed? Gary stated that to date, no research has been done, but he will follow up on this.
The other item pertaining to Mr. Christensen is the sewer line. Sam White, Water Dept. Supervisor has reviewed the situation and explained what is happening and what the problems have been. Mr. Christensen has a 160' sewer lateral that is made out of old material, which continually creates problems. Mr. White suggested that a small diameter (6") sewer main be extended up the street approximately 200' and that manholes be put in so that the line can be serviced. Mr. Christensen would then be obligated to run a sewer lateral out to that line. It might be that we could request Mr. Christensen to participate by paying 10 per cent of the costs of the sewer line similar to the situation on Carbonville Road. It was recommended that an 8" sewer line be installed instead of the 6". MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the City proceed with the 8" sewer line to Mr. Christensen’s house as recommended. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
28. EMIL SIMONE - 395 East 2nd North (Drainage Problem) - Update
Gary Sonntag reported that Harold Valdez, Street Dept. Supervisor, has reviewed the drainage problem near the residence of Emil Simone, 395 East 2nd North. Mr. Valdez doubts whether this drainage issue can be taken care of. Councilmember Piccolo stated that he reviewed the problem and agreed that the City may not be able to take care of it. This will be reviewed further.
29. EXECUTIVE SESSION - Litigation
MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the Council Meeting adjourn and that an Executive Session convene for the purpose of discussing litigation. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
Meeting adjourned at 6:59 p.m.
MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the Executive Session adjourn and that the Council Meeting reconvene. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
Council Meeting reconvened at 7:01 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 7:06 p.m.