Minutes of the Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

August 9, 2006, 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                                                          

Councilmembers:                                                  Pat Larsen, Finance Director

Kathy Hanna-Smith                             Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

Richard Tatton                                     Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer

Jeanne McEvoy                                   Brett Cammans, Customer Service Director

                                                                Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police

                                                                Nick Tatton, Community Director

                                                                Laurie Tryon, City Recorder              


Excused:    Councilmember Rick Davis and Councilmember Jeff Nielson

    Human Resource Director, John Daniels


Others Present:  Harvey and Lisa Howard                       Stavros Himonas

            Mickey and Charlotte Stubbings          Ryan Falk


Mayor Piccolo led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above members in attendance.


1.             PUBLIC INPUT


                Mickey Stubbings and Harvey Howard of Desert Thunder Raceway and Central Utah Stockcar Racing Association came to speak about their upcoming racing event held on September 29th and 30th and wanted to thank all of the businesses for their continued efforts and support of the event. The major financial supporters are Rockland Music, Ally’s Speedshop in Helper, Mad Man Basso and Murdock Chevrolet. There are also over 30 associate sponsors that have donated with a combined total of over $30,000 in financial support. The event anticipates over 100 cars with up to 500 people from out of town which will support our local businesses. Mr. Stubbings or Mr. Howard will provide the City with a list of sponsors. The goal of the Association is to be nationally recognized to draw people from other areas into the City of Price and Castle Country. Councilmember Tatton would like to see a proclamation designed for a Race Car Day to put this area into focus and draw attention to this event. Mr. Howard thought it would be a great asset to Carbon County and the Association.  Nick Sampinos will work on a proclamation for this event. Councilmember McEvoy would like to thank the Association for their contribution to the economic development of Price City and all of their efforts to keep the racing area and access roads clean and extremely presentable. It shows dedication and pride for what they do as an Association. 


2.             COUNCILMEMBERS REPORT - Update


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


3.             ZAP TAX- Services and Fee Proposal from Lewis, Young, Robertson and Burmingham, Inc.


                The proposal for consulting services relating to the ZAP tax for Botanical, Cultural, Recreational and Zoological Sales and Use Tax from Lewis, Young, Robertson and Burmingham, Inc. has arrived and needs to be acted on quickly. In order to get the item on the next ballot which would probably be 60 days notice to the County, we would have to check with Robert Pero to find the exact date. Councilmember Hanna-Smith is concerned with the time-line of August 10 which is tomorrow and whether or not the company is prepared to do the services or if we have time now to pull in the other cities. Pat Larsen expected the proposal 3 weeks ago and it was just received this week. Councilmember Hanna-Smith feels it would just make sense to include the County and do this as one. She is concerned with the fee and whether or not the price would go up if Price City included the County as a whole. It would be assumed that the fee, Price City would be responsible for does include the County therefore, would not be raised.  The tax would be of great assistance to the surrounding smaller cities even if its just $3-4,000. We need the acceptance from the County to participate with us in this ZAP tax. Councilmember Hanna-Smith has spoken to a few members of the County and they seem receptive to the idea with the understanding each city would receive their own funds. Anything good that happens in the surrounding cities is good for Price City. We could approach the County tomorrow and ask County Commissioners to join us in this venture with Price City paying the service fee. Before the Council can appoint a chairperson to head this project, we need to find out where the County stands and if the chairperson should be decided together.  We did not budget for this proposal but it could be worked into the budget if we do it now.  The second paragraph of the proposal states, “It is possible that this engagement will also involve Carbon County, as the County has the ability to impose the ZAP tax on a county-wide basis, which would eliminate the opportunity for the City to seek ZAP funding”. The Mayor and Council would like to hear from the County before a decision is made and to check the actual fee if other communities are involved. MOTION. A recommendation by Councilmember Tatton to place the ZAP Tax Services and Proposal on the unfinished business with instruction to staff and liaison to make necessary contacts and bring back the additional information requested to Council. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried.


4.             SNAP-ON-TOOLS-Home Occupied Businesses Approved


                Community Director, Nick Tatton reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation for the following request for a Home Occupied Permit.


Snap-On-Tools -250 E. 100 S. - Carl Potter, Owner (Authorized Dealer)-Office Use Only.


MOTION. Councilmember McEvoy moved that the business be approved upon the purchase of a business license. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton. Motion carried.


5.             HAYCOCK PETROLEUM CO., DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES, CARBON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE-Conditional Use Permits Approved               


Community Director, Nick Tatton reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation for the following requests for Conditional Use Permits. 


Haycock Petroleum Co.- 352 West Main-Ownership Name Change-Final

Department of Motor Vehicles-520 West Price River Drive-M13 Construction-New Building-Preliminary

Carbon County Sheriff’s Office-240 West Main-Building Addition-Amendment-Concept Only-Fees waived for Building Permit and Conditional Use Permit.


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


CONSENT ITEMS - MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that Items #6 through #17 be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried.


6.             MINUTES- July 26, 2006 Approved




                Promotion of Charlie Westbrook to Equipment Operator II




9.             NEW HIRE- Kris Alley, Water and Sewer Department


10.           BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT-Fee Waiver for East Price Business Park Approved


                Authorization to waive the Board of Adjustment Fee for the East Price Business Park curb option.


11.           MAIN STREET- Street Closure Approved


                Authorization to close Main Street on August 25th and 26th for Downtown Alive and Main Street Attraction Sale         


12.           IPA POWER SALES- Contract Approved


13.           CROSSWALKS-Approved


                Authorization to paint mid-block crosswalks and curb cuts on Main Street in the downtown area.


14.           EMPLOYEE BENEFITS- Approved


                Approval of the continued unpaid absence with ongoing provision of benefits for a period of up to 45 days for Byron Speirs.  




16.           WESTWOOD BLVD.- Hospital Drive Intersection South Development Agreement Partial

                Release #1-Approved


                The project is eligible for a partial release, for work completed to date on the project. This project represents the front entrance to the property and not the interior property development


17.           PIONEER PARK- Permission for David Hannard to use a D.J. in Pioneer Park until curfew on September 16, 2006-Approved


                Mr. Hannard would like to use a D.J. for his wedding reception on September 16th in Pioneer Park until the Price City curfew of 11p.m. Police Chief, Aleck Shilaos would like the D.J. to finish by 10:30 p.m. and the park vacated by the 11p.m. curfew.  


18.           PRWID-Update


                Councilmember Tatton gave an update on PRWID. The audit report showed most things in order. There will be a new way as to how money will be handled for audit control and they will be working on stronger policies for outstanding debts.

                The Helper Interchange is going well. UDOT is being asked by PRWID to supply the valves that are needed for the changeover in new piping. The County, BLM and other agencies have purchased a photo imaging equipment for aerial photos to show the entire county which will be an asset to the County. Helper City asked the District to take over sewer lines from the Helper City lines to the District lines which will open up more building property.


19.           COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND- Update


Special Services District has awarded the Community Playground with the $75,000 grant. The committee has earned the necessary funding to build the playground as planned. The excavation needs to begin on August 20th. Nielson Construction will begin moving the dirt as soon as possible. There will be enough money to build the playground and the committee is now looking at surrounding amenities such as: shaded picnic areas, drinking fountains and sidewalks leading to the playground. The committee would like permission from the Council to go ahead with the excavation process and the future amenities for the playground. Mayor Piccolo suggested adding the money to other resources with possible matching funds to create to double the funds. Councilmember Tatton suggested burying a time capsule with brochures, newspaper articles and more information that led up to the building of the park. More fundraising events are in the making and the park is scheduled to be built September 11th-16th.  



a.             Emil Simone Complaint - 11-05

b.             Buck and Claudia Moynier-Road- 7/06


MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the meeting adjourn and that the Price City Community Development and Renewal Agency convene. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


Meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

Reconvened at 6:28 p.m.


Meeting adjourned at 6:33p.m.




                                                                                                            Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor




Laurie Tryon, City Recorder