Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

August 10, 2005, 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                          Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

Boardmembers:                                     Pat Larsen, Finance Director

     Betty P. Wheeler                                          Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

     Richard Tatton                                              Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer

     Jeanne McEvoy                                            Nick Tatton, Community Director

     Mae Aguayo                                                 Bret Cammans, Customer Service Director

Bill  Barnes, Police Sergeant


Excused:  Councilmember Stephen L. Denison

                John Daniels, Human Resource Director


Others Present:

     Daniel Wood             Paul Bedont                  Chari Jelsma


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




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


 2.        DANIEL WOOD - Community Update


Daniel Wood, an intern representing the College of Eastern Utah, presented information pertaining to the assets of our community, such as coal, natural gas, natural resources, our location to recreation, vision, excitement for development, organization, and communication between governmental agencies.  He provided contact information for boardmembers and staff for intergovernmental agencies community wide, including Carbon County, the college, school district, cities, museum, various boards, etc.


CONSENT ITEMS.  MOTION.  Councilmember Wheeler moved that Items #3 through #15 be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


 3.        MINUTES - July 27, 2005


 4.        MINUTES - August 5, 2005 - Struck




Nick Tatton - IEDC Economic Development Planning, October 12-14, 2005, Tempe, Arizona

Paul Bedont, Gregory Lowder - National Fire Academy Training, September 9-17, 2005, Emmitsburg, Maryland


 6.        MAIN STREET CLOSURE B Between Carbon Avenue and 100 West and Carbon Avenue and 100 East For Downtown Promotional Event September 10, 2005


 7.        FIRE FOX MINI STORAGE, 347 EAST 100 NORTH - Easy Reimbursement Up To $2,000                              

 8.        WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT LINE LOCATOR UNIT - Permission To Purchase In The Amount of $2,430.


 9.        WATER DEPLETION AND RECOVERY STUDY - Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc. - Partial Payment #4 In The Amount of $2,988.98


10.        UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND H W LOCHNER ENGINEERING - Environmental Assessment Contract For Homestead Boulevard Loop In The Amount of $89,958.31


11.        HOMESTEAD BOULEVARD LOOP ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT- Deposit of $8,462.50 For Price City=s Participation



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12.        UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - Agreement For Curb and Gutter Repair and Placement of Intersection Handicap Ramps Along SR10 and SR55 Amounting To $10,000


13.        UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - Agreement For Pedestrian Safety Improvements On 100 North (SR55) From 200 West to 225 West In The Amount of $3,770 (City=s Match Will Be $1,256)


14.        RESOLUTION #2005-13 - Authorizing The Change In Distribution of  The Price City Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual


15.        JEREMIAH (JAKE) JOHNSON, CHARLIE WESTBROOK - Wage Adjustments Approved


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


Meeting adjourned at 5:58 p.m.

Reconvened at 6:00 p.m.


16.        PRICE RIVER WATER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT - Opposition To Mill Levy Increase


The Mill Levy increase proposed by the Price River Water Improvement District was discussed. Councilmember Wheeler stated that she contacted Carbon County offices and found that Price City collected $186,600 from PRWID for the tax year 2004.  Mayor Piccolo asked where that amount goes?  He believes this money is collected from our citizens to provide operation and maintenance for the sewer system under a line item budget.  From 1959 through 1999, PRWID collected the full amount of $4.00/month, which in 1999 was approximately $18.00/month.  Through the request of the City Council led by him in 1999, PRWID was requested to give back a portion of those funds to maintain City lines.  Previously, the City was maintaining their lines and PRWID was keeping the entire fee.  Councilmember Tatton asked if the tax increase was on the fresh water side and not the disposal side?  At this time, it is unknown what the tax increase is for.  Mayor Piccolo felt it is not clearly defined.  There is no projected 2006 budget that shows the expenditures are going to exceed revenues.  Councilmember Tatton stated that there is a lot going on in the county, such as waterlines extended and upgraded.  Why should Price City residents who get their water from Price City be impacted to serve the people in the county?  Should there be an impact fee to those who are requiring the expense of expanding the service?  Councilmember Wheeler agreed, as the only service Price City receives is through the sewer collection.  PRWID will review the current budget to see where cutbacks can be made before they recommend a tax increase.  Mayor Piccolo suggested conducting a cost cutting study.  Councilmember Wheeler stated that PRWID does not feel comfortable about a tax increase and she too does not feel comfortable.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that Councilmember Wheeler, acting as Price City=s representative, be asked not to support this increase.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried. 




Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for Conditional Use Permits with the stipulation noted on the Greenwell Inn.           


Jon Anast - 58 West Main, Consolidation of Businesses (Several businesses owned by him located at this same address)

Mulberry Patch - 440 East 100 North, Business and Sign

Greenwell Inn - 655 East Main #201, Temporary Sign with a one year limit (private company

conducting employment interviews)

SOS Staffing Services - 706 West Price River Drive, Sign

Tony and Jessica Basso - 1152 South Carbon Avenue, Business and Sign


MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that the above requests be approved and that Conditional Use Permits be issued per the above stipulation on the Greenwell Inn.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.




August 10, 2005


18.        INTERNATIONAL DAYS - Update           


Councilmember Tatton reported that the final meeting for International Days is scheduled for tomorrow.  This is a follow up meeting to go over some areas that need improvement.  Councilmember Wheeler noted that the Youth City Council did a great job selling refreshments at the movie in Pioneer Park on Friday and Saturday nights.  They made $1,238.


19.        COMMUNITY PROGRESS - Update


Councilmember Wheeler reported that Community Progress is in the process of submitting an application to the Restaurant Tax Committee for funds for the downtown tree lighting project.


20.        EMERGENCY PLANNING - Expenditure Approved


Mayor Piccolo reported that Joyce Daniels, Emergency Planning, has been very successful in selling water jugs.  Mrs. Daniels asked if the City could advance her funds to pay for the pre-sold water jugs.  This would be between $13,000 - $15,000.   Mrs. Daniels has sold 3,100 jugs at $5.00 each.   MOTION.  Councilmember Aguayo moved that the expenditure be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.







ATTEST:                                                           Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor





Joanne Lessar, City Recorder