Minutes of the Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

August 8, 2007 5:30 p.m.



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

Councilmembers:                             Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

Rick Davis                                            John Daniels, Human Resource Director

Richard Tatton                                    Bret Cammans, Customer Service Director

Jeanne McEvoy                                   Aleck Shilaos, Police Chief

Kathy Hanna-Smith                           Laurie Tryon, City Recorder

                                                                Pat Larsen, Finance Director            


Excused Absence: Nick Tatton, Community Director and Councilmember Nielson

Others Present: Carl Costello, Anne Mackowitz, Leslie Jewkes, Dee Etzel, Rebecca Canzoneri, Wade Williams, C.J. McManus,


Mayor Piccolo led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above Councilmembers and staff in attendance.


1.             PUBLIC COMMENT

                Wade Williams of City Sanitation provided the Mayor and City Council with an update to the upcoming landfill and waste collection issues that will affect the County and Price City. ECDC wants to amend the contract with the County and raise tippage fees to $22.00 per ton at the landfill facility in East Carbon. The following information was provided for the Council as an example of recent waste collection:

·         Tonnage for the 3rd week of June was 149.15 tons and for the 3rd week of July 146.82. The average is 147.985 or 148 tons per week.

·         148 tons/wk x 4.33 wks/month= 640.84 or 641 tons/month. 641 tons x $22.00/ton=$14,102/month. $14,102/6,540 auto cans= an increase of approximately $2.15 per can per month for Price City Customers.

                The amounts will be finalized in the next few weeks and will include size of storage containers etc. The increase will also affect businesses with larger containers and those companies that demolish buildings or homes. The more debris, the higher the cost will be for the customer as they will now have to take their waste directly to ECDC to be weighed. The increase is set to take place on October 1, 2007. The Mayor and City Council thanked Mr. Williams for the update.


2.             PUBLIC COMMENT

                Anne Mackowitz of the Carbon County Youth Group has met with the Carbon County Recreation and Transportation Special Service District and will receive financial support of $150,000, subject to creation of an agreement between Price City and Carbon County for the maintenance and operation of a mini golf course park. The rest of the money could be requested from the CIB in 2008. A copy of the maintenance cost sharing analysis was provided to the Council. An agreement or Memorandum of Understanding needs to be created for Price City and Carbon County to sign. Anne Mackowitz will contact Nick Tatton regarding information on CIB grants. 


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


3.             VISIONARY SERVICE LEADER AWARD- Leslie Jewkes

                Leslie Jewkes received the award for July 2007 for her contribution to local education and recognition as an outstanding local educator.


4.             PRICE WATER MAIN-Discussion and Possible Action-Dave O’Brien-Item removed at the request of Mr. O’Brien.


5.             MAYORS COMMENDATION- Carl Costello

                Mr. Carl Costello received a medallion and letter of congratulations for his honorable actions as a responsible citizen in Price City. Mr. Costello was commended for his active role in a recent burglary incident near his home. He reported suspicious activity to police officers, assisted with a description and eventually the capture of a suspect responsible for seven other burglaries within the City. The Mayor and Council are grateful for Mr. Costello’s active role and prompt response to officers and the community in a time of distress.


6.             POLICE DEPARTMENT-School Resource Officer Memorandum of Understanding

                Aleck Shilaos made a request for approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Price City and the Carbon School District for a School Resource Officer (SRO). This position would not add an employee to Price City. Current police officers would be rotated in one or two year intervals for this position. This MOU is in draft, concept only form. The SRO would be available for all Carbon County Schools on an “as needed” basis but mostly working between Mont Harmon Junior High, Carbon High and the Lighthouse. Hours, schedules and overtime issues are still being discussed as part of the agreement. The job description for the SRO would be that of a police officer. Supervision of the SRO will be by the Chief of Police with direction from the school officials. The SRO would be in attendance at the schools during school hours. Educational and preventative measures will be taught in the schools by the SRO as part of an 8 hour day. Ken Labrum will still be in charge of security for the schools. Chief Shilaos would like the item to be placed on unfinished business until the MOU is ready for signatures.


7.             POLICE DEPARTMENT- Authorization to Create a Roster for a new Police Officer

                An experienced police officer roster will be kept open for the remaining person that applied for the recent position of police officer for Price City. If another hiring opportunity should arise, this candidate has already been through the interview process. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to keep the roster open for one year. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.  




                Councilmember Tatton reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave favorable recommendations for the following requests for Home Occupied Permits.


                a. Felice Repairs-394 N. 500 E.-Robert Felice, Owner- Business-Office Use Only-Final

                b. Ghost Buck Archery-851 N. 900 E.-Zac Jones, Owner-Business and Sign-Final               


                MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to approve items a and b as presented by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith. Motion carried.



                Councilmember Tatton reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave favorable recommendations for the following requests for Conditional Use Permits.


                a. Red’s Equipment Rental-286 S. Carbon Avenue-David Adair, Owner-Concept and Preliminary

                b. Castle Country Stars, L.L.C.-451 S. Carbon Ave.-Judith Kelly, Owner-Business and Sign-Final

                c. Wasatch Portable Storage-135 S. 1060 W.-Chris Kitchen, Owner-Temporary 90 day

                d. American Dream Subdivision-400 N. 1500-1600 E.-Phase I-Paul Washburn/Julie Smith, Owners-Final

                e. MSHA Building #3-New Development-1365 S. Carbon Ave.-C.V.LLC, Owners-TABLED


                MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to approve item a as presented by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


                MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to approve items b, c and d as presented by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried.


CONSENT ITEMS- MOTION. Councilmember McEvoy moved to approve items #10 through #18. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried.


10.          MINUTES –

                July 25, 2007 City Council Meeting

                August 3, 2007 Workshop


11.          POWER SUBSTATION-Authorization for Additional Items Necessary for the Completion of the Substation to Include: Placement of Additional Poles and Routing of Lines- Bid Price of $31,347.00 from ECI.


12.          SUBSTATION MANAGEMENT CONTRACT- Authorization to Contract for Substation Replacement Project Management Services


13.          BEAR RBOG CONTRACT-Authorization to Contract with another Business Visitation Provider


14.          UTILITIES AND COLLECTIONS- Authorization for Concept Approval- Meter Readers in the Utility Department to Report to the Collections Department- DRAFT only


15.          TRAVEL REQUEST-

                Mayor Piccolo, Nick Tatton, Laurie Tryon, Rick Davis, Jeanne McEvoy, Kathy Hanna-Smith and John Daniels- Utah League of Cities and Towns Conference, September 12-14, 2007- Salt Lake City


16.          LIBRARY BOARDMEMBER- Authorization to Appoint Jared Chiara as a Member of the Library Board


17.          ROSE BUSH PURCHASE- Ratify Approval from July 25, 2007 Meeting-1000 Rose Bushes Purchased for the Dino Mine Playground and Victory Garden at a Discounted Rate.


18.          EXPENDITURE AND RELEASE REPORT FOR APPROVED CAPITAL PROJECTS, SERVICE PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS-Authorization for Partial Payment of $12,241.60 for the Purchase and Installation of the Backup Electrical Generator at the Water Treatment Plant to Ballard Electric. Partial Payment #3 in the Amount of $33,575.00 for Castle Ridge Subdivision Perkins Development Agreement.

Castle Ridge Subdivision-A 10% retainage will be held for one year plus $1,500 for a street light. All work finished to date is satisfactory meeting the City’s minimum standards. It needs to be noted that the existing street is suffering from settlement that appears to be coming from the sewer line trench. The water and sewer mains were already in place prior to their work. While work was done to install the sewer laterals, water was found traveling along the sewer pipeline alignment. The City water & sewer department crews checked on this and reported that it was not coming from the sewer main; but appeared to be ground water. The water may be saturating the sewer trench and slowly causing it to settle. The road’s travel surface is not entirely smooth. Future street maintenance will have to address this. City crews will continue to monitor this.


19.          PRWID Update by Councilmember Tatton

·         Work session on July 31st -salary grades, job descriptions

·         Safety issue- confined space – OSHA guidelines

·         Water rates and volumes

·         Water well- New pump-Agreement between Utah Power & Light and Helper

·         Audit complete for PRWID Treasurer changeover

·         Developing of lots for Houston Subdivision

·         700 East and Main- Sewer line- PRWID and Price City lines – no grease interceptors on some restaurant buildings near address


20.          COMMUNITY PROGRESS Update by Councilmember Hanna-Smith

Councilmember Hanna-Smith commended the Street Department for their work on the new Peace Garden kiosks. The kiosks look great and a new map designed by John Procarione will be added very soon.


21.          POWER BOARD-Update by Councilmember McEvoy

·         Andy King would like to use Price City’s name for sponsorship. He is currently working on different projects using solar panels and would like to design some items for the bus garage. A request in writing needs to be turned in to Price City describing the type of endorsement he is requesting from Price City for review.

·         Substation update- fencing around substation is moving forward

·         Conservation light bulb and refrigerator programs are just beginning. Information will be sent out in the utility bills



                a. Committee Review for Street Banners

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

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

                d. Sale of Property- 6th South- Wetlands

                e. Sale of Property- West of Pioneer Park

                f. Basso Dino-Mine Playground




1.             DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT- Buffalo Partners, LLC. Dollar General Store- 470 East Main Street

                MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to approve the development agreement. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


2.             TRAVEL REQUEST- Bill Wardle and Sam White- 2007 Rural Water Northern Conference-Layton, Utah, August 22-24, 2007. MOTION. Councilmember Hanna-Smith moved to approve the travel request. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.


Meeting adjourned by Councilmember McEvoy at 7:16 p.m.







                                                                                Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor






Laurie Tryon, City Recorder