Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting
City Hall: Price, Utah
August 23, 2000, 5:30 p.m.
Councilmembers: Vernon W. Jones, Community Administrator
Roy A. Nikas Joanne Lessar, City Recorder
Betty P. Wheeler Pat Larsen, Finance Director
Joe L. Piccolo Nick Sampinos, City Attorney
Stephen L. Denison Gary Sonntag, PWD/City Engineer
Richard Tatton Keith Wight, Human Resource Director
Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police
Excused: Mayor Lou Colosimo
Pam Juliano Thomas P. Landavazo Joan Legat David Clark
Bill Madrigal Henry C. Smith Kent Boyack Cal Ockey
Don Johnston Petrea Johnston Andrew Oman Debra Madrigal
Betty Madrigal Larry Madrigal Rudy Madrigal Mark Dolar
John Leacock Jean Semborski Debra Hansen May Marchello
Earl Marchello Pete Kilbourne Petrea Johnston Brian Oakley
Ben Kilbourne Devin Keller Justin Eaquinta Anne Jensen
Councilmember Nikas led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above members present.
Councilmember Nikas stated that on behalf of the Council, employees, and citizens of Price, he wishes Mayor Colosimo the best in his recent illness and hopes he has a speedy recovery.
1. MAYOR PROTEMPORE - Councilmember 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. UNITED WAY - Thank You
Pam Juliano, representing the United Way, expressed her thanks to the Council for allowing her to move her office downstairs in the Price Community Center. It is working very well and accessibility has been wonderful. She reminded the Council that their kick-off campaign is scheduled for September 22nd, at 8:30 a.m. in the Peace Garden.
3. MELODIC ROCK BAND CONCERT - Use Of Peace Garden
Jessie Skriner reported that she recently found out that former community members and College of Eastern Utah alumni have formed a melodic rock band and are on a tour that will take them through Las Vegas and the west coast. They will be traveling through Price on September 1st and would like to sponsor a concert. She requested permission to use the Peace Garden for this event and to waive rental fees. Councilmember Wheeler stated that she has discussed this with Karen Bliss from CEU and feels it is a worthwhile event. As this item is not on the agenda, the Council gave verbal approval and recommended that it be placed on the next agenda for ratification.
4. MINUTES - August 9, 2000
MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the minutes of the August 9, 2000 meeting be approved as written. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
5. ORDINANCE #2000-08 - Rezoning of Southeast Price, 700 East 200 South
Mayor Protem Nikas opened the Public Hearing at 5:30 p.m. to receive comments on the proposed rezoning in southeast Price at 700 East 200 South from an MR-7 Zone to a CD Zone. Councilmember Piccolo stated that this property was the old Carbon Credit Union which was zoned an MR-7. The new owners, John and Shirley Alger, have requested that it be rezoned CD. This CD fits well within the commercial district that is there and is adjacent to the property that is on 7th East down to that point. It is not a spot zone. It will be in addition to a commercial zone that already exists and will allow that building to continue to be used as a commercial building.
Anne Jensen, 720 East 200 South - Will the residential zoning be continued on the west side of Meads Wash or will it be commercial all the way to Meads Wash? Councilmember Piccolo stated that there is a small portion of property on the west side of Meads Wash and the east side of Alger’s property that will remain MR-7 and will tie into the Bonnie J Subdivision. Ms. Jensen asked the Alger’s if they plan to remain in business for a long time and what noise level there will be? John Alger stated that they hope to be in business for a long time. They have operated their business for 10-12 years at their present residence which is in a residential district. They want to be able to do more retail. As far as the noise level, it would just be cars coming and going. They will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. However, if there are jobs to be completed, they could stay later. There will be no industrial machinery. Ms. Jensen asked if this would change the tax status and if there would be an increase in property taxes? Councilmember Piccolo stated that the property tax status does not change. However, residential properties are afforded a luxury of paying only 50% of their market value where commercial properties are required to pay full value. John Alger stated that the old credit union property has been taxed commercial since 1937. In talking to the tax district, property is taxed according to use. If he were to take the building and move into it as a residence, it would be taxed residential. Property is not taxed according to zoning.
Thomas Landavazo, 175 South 7th East - Questioned if the change to commercial would alter any plans for someone to build a home in the area? Vern Jones stated that residential use is allowed in a commercial district. There would be no problem to build a residential unit. However, the rules to build would still apply as far as a building permit, frontage, utilities, etc.
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the Public Hearing be closed and that Ordinance #2000-08, adopting the above zoning change, be approved, that the Mayor or Mayor Protem and City Recorder be authorized to sign the ordinance and that it become effective upon publication. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried. Public Hearing closed at 5:50 p.m.
6. ORDINANCE #2000-009 - Vacating Alleyway Between 200 East and 300 East and 600 South and 700 South
Mayor Protem Nikas opened the Public Hearing at 5:50 p.m. to receive comments on vacating the alleyway between 200 and 300 East and 600 and 700 South. Councilmember Piccolo stated that this project was brought to his attention by Don Johnston, who has a residence in this area. The alley between the lots was part of two different plats. It became apparent that there were no utilities in the alley and the residents were desirous of owning part of it. As such, signatures were obtained and at least 90% of the property owners supported the concept. The City then hired a surveyor so that each of the lots could be designated and the alley could be split proportionately. The owners of the property have participated in the expenses for the survey.
Joanne Lessar read a letter received from Pat Mathis, 743 South 2nd East. In the letter, Mrs. Mathis wrote that “I don’t want any part of the alley nor do I want any part deeded or given to me - none, thanks”. Dale Mathis, Pat Mathis’s husband stated that the concern his wife had was that she didn’t want to move her fence or redo the landscaping. However, if the fence is on the alleyway, they are interested in the property and still want to pursue it. Councilmember Piccolo stated that he does not believe they will have to move their fence if they obtain this property. It will not cause any undue expense on the owner. Mr. Mathis stated that he has no objections.
Don Johnston, 690 South 300 East - He spoke with the adjacent landowner behind Mr. Mathis and asked him if he had any hardship as far as taking care of the ground, etc. He indicated that he didn’t and would be responsible for taking care of the land.
Philip Baca, 133 North 300 East - Asked if an alleyway has been occupied by an individual, will it still have to be split up? Councilmember Piccolo stated that yes, it would be split down the middle unless some arrangement can be made between the two property owners.
Larry Madrigal, 247 South 400 East - Asked which alleyway is being discussed? Councilmember Piccolo stated that the alleyway is one block long and is located between 600 and 700 South and 200 and 300 East.
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the Public Hearing be closed, that Ordinance #2000-009, vacating the above alleyway, be adopted, that the Mayor or Mayor Protem and City Recorder be authorized to sign the ordinance, and that it become effective upon publication. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried. The Public Hearing closed at 6:56 p.m.
7. USAGE OF TERRACE HILLS SKATE PARK - Price City Bicyclers - Meeting Scheduled
Price City bicyclers, Ben Kilbourne, Brian Oakley, Devin Keller and Dustin Eaquinta, approached the Council to request that bikes be allowed on the new Terrace Hills Skate Park. The bicyclers and skaters both like to ride their recreational items and have fun. They requested that a special time be set aside for bicycles. Mayor Protem Nikas thanked the bicyclers for their input. Councilmember Tatton stated that there could be a problem with the bikes. Bicycles have pegs that come off the back wheel that stick out to do tricks. What about the damage that these pegs will inflict on the sidewalls of the obstacles in the park? Ben Kilbourne felt that the damage would be minimal, but that perhaps plastic caps could be placed on them. Councilmember Tatton stated that the City wants to do whats best for the population, including bicyclers. However, we do not want to destroy what has been built. The other concern is that bicyclers have dominance by their speed and bulk over inline skaters and skate boards. Another concern is how would the times set aside be controlled? Councilmember Piccolo asked if the intent of the skate park was to keep bicyclers off? Gary Sonntag stated that early in the project, there was a comment whether or not to include bicycle activity in the park. Councilmember Piccolo stated that he is not sure he can support creating enforcement problems by saying skaters can be there this hour and bicyclers can be there the next hour. He does not know why they couldn’t cohabitate as long as there aren’t any incidences or damage. Gary stated that he feels it might be worth considering bicycles. There are also some other things, such as remote controlled cars and mini skooters that might be able to utilize the park. We want this to be a fun facility and fun for as many people as possible. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that a meeting be scheduled with the skaters, inline skaters, mini skooters, bicyclers, and remote controlled cars, to discuss this. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
8. SUN ADVOCATE - Ad For Carbon County Business Review Denied
MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the request of the Sun Advocate for an ad for the Carbon County Business Review be denied. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
9. RIVER GAS CORPORATION - Leasing of Oil, Gas and Mineral Interest On Price City Property Approved
Mark Dolar and John Leacock, representing River Gas Corporation, requested permission to lease oil, gas and mineral interests on property owned by Price City located southeast of Price. A lease agreement was presented to Nick Sampinos. He reviewed them and made several changes and additions to the agreement. Mr. Sampinos stated that in his review of the agreement, there would be 597.43 acres in which the City owns mineral rights and which the City would be paid a royalty if development were to occur on these properties. The term of the lease would be for 5 years. A couple of provisions were changed for the benefit of the City. One would be that this lease would terminate after a 3 year period in the event there was no development on the property or in the event that there was development and a shut in well was placed on the property. This means that a well is shut in and there is no production. The other provisions were standard. Mr. Dolar informed the Council of a couple of other provisions where they would hold the City harmless of any activities that take place on the properties and they will not access the surface of these lands without first obtaining written permission from the Council. They will also drill only one well every 160 acres. If the City owns interest in this 160 acres, it will receive a proportionate royalty from whatever the gross revenue is from that well. Typically, that royalty rate is 12.5%. However, recently in some dealings, they have increased it to 15%. Mr. Dolar also stated that River Gas will be paying a bonus consideration to Price City for the lease which will equal $17,940. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the lease agreement for oil, gas and mineral interests on City property be approved and that the Mayor or Mayor Protem and City Recorder be authorized to execute the documents. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
10. GIRL SCOUT CAMP - Rental Fees Waive For Use Of Pioneer Park
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that with the exception of hard costs, that rental fees be waived for the use of Pioneer Park on September 7th and 8th for a Girl Scout camp. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
11. MINERS MEMORIAL AND PROCLAMATION - Rental Fees Waived For Use Of Peace Garden
Karon Mills requested that the fees be waived for use of the Peace Garden for a Miners Memorial to be held on Wednesday, August 30th. Mayor Protem Nikas presented and read a proclamation proclaiming Wednesday, August 30th as Miners Memorial Day in Price City. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the rental fees be waived and the proclamation approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
12. CARBON COUNTY - Building Permit Fees Waived For New Circuits and Lighting In Courthouse Building
MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that building permit fees be waived to install new circuits and lighting in the Carbon County Courthouse building. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
13. WEED ABATEMENT - 300 North, 600 East To 700 East
Gary Sonntag reported that it has been brought to his attention of the chronic weed problem in the vicinity of 300 North, 600 East to 700 East. This area is impacted due to the road not being completely developed on the south side. The remaining area on the north side of the Notre Dame school is covered with weed and contributes to the problem. He requested direction to mitigate this problem and recommended paving a greater portion of the road width. Frank Brady, 300 North 700 East, presented pictures of the weeds, and asked that the area be improved. Councilmember Tatton suggested that the City take care of the weeds in the road and to contact the property owners to take care of the weeds on their property. Councilmember Piccolo recommended that Mr. Brady file a formal complaint with Byron Allred, the weed abatement person. He will then track it and will have something in writing of what is happening. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that Mr. Sonntag be directed to have the Streets or Weed Department clean the area as soon as possible, that the weeds be chemically removed next spring, and that a letter be sent to the Notre Dame Church explaining the asphalt program so that they can use that program to asphalt their property. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
14. STATE OF UTAH, DIVISION OF FORESTRY, FIRE AND STATE LANDS - Grant Accepted
Fire Chief Kent Boyack requested permission to accept a matching grant in the amount of $1,270 from the State of Utah, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, to be used towards the purchase of ten sets of wildland personal protective clothing. This is lighter weight protective clothing. Any time fires are fought in uninhabited areas, it is considered wildland. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the grant be accepted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
15. EQUIPMENT PURCHASE FOR NEW FIRE TRUCK - Approved
Fire Chief Kent Boyack requested permission to purchase the equipment required for the new fire truck. Proposals were received from L.N. Curtis & Sons and Ross Equipment. The officers of the Fire Department selected equipment from both companies that will best suit the needs of the Fire Department and that will provide the most protection for the firefighters. Kent reviewed the equipment selected from both companies totaling $15,374.70 from L.N. Curtis & Sons and a$8,899 from Ross Equipment. The total purchase price is $24,273.70. An amount of $27,500 was budgeted. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the equipment be purchased as
indicated above. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
16. PURCHASE OF FURNACE WITH CONDENSER FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT - Tabled
Fire Chief Kent Boyack requested permission to purchase a new furnace with a condenser for the Fire Department. A verbal proposal for a furnace and installation has been received from O’Brien Plumbing in the amount of $4,500 - $5,000. A second proposal for the furnace only was received from Lennox in the amount of $2,097. Sid Nelson, one of the firefighters, has offered to install the furnace. He does not have a plumbers license but is qualified to perform this work. Councilmember Piccolo questioned if Mr. Hansen could complete the electrical wiring. It was suggested to purchase the furnace and then hire an electrical contractor to complete the wiring. MOTION. As there were several questions, Councilmember Wheeler moved that the furnace be tabled for further review. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
17. PURCHASE OF LAWN MOWER FOR CITY HALL - Approved
Councilmember Wheeler reported that she would like to purchase the lawn mower that has been budgeted for City Hall Maintenance. A proposal was received from a company out of town as well as from a local supplier. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the lawn mower be purchased from the local supplier. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton. The motion carried per the following vote:
Councilmember Wheeler - Aye
Councilmember Piccolo - Aye
Councilmember Tatton - Aye
Councilmember Denison - Naye
18. MINOR AND MAJOR LEAGUE AND BABE RUTH BASEBALL TEAMS - Recognition
Councilmember Denison reported that in talking to the coaches of the Minor and Major League and Babe Ruth baseball teams, they would love to see their teams receive recognition. They suggested a pool party and perhaps pizza. Councilmember Denison recommended that the teams be recognized at a future Peace Garden activity that is held on Thursday nights. He will coordinate this with the coaches.
19. CEMETERY DEPARTMENT - Permission To Trade In Lawn Mower
Councilmember Tatton reported that the Cemetery Department has a gang mower that they no longer use. They would like to use this mower as a trade in for sod to be used at the new skate park. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that authorization be given to declare the gang mower surplus and to determine the value for trade in purposes to purchase sod. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
20. SHARON’S DAY CARE, CASTLE VALLEY ENTERTAINMENT - Home Occupied Businesses Approved
Councilmember Piccolo reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for home occupied businesses.
Sharon’s Day Care - 673 North 400 East, Sharon Prettyman-Owner
Castle Valley Entertainment - 925 North 300 East, Brennan Wayne Woodward-Owner (Disc Jockey)
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the home occupied businesses be approved contingent upon purchase of a business license. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
21. TITAN ALTERNATOR AND STARTER REPAIR - Home Occupied Business Rejected
Councilmember Piccolo reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the request of Marvin and Sheila Burghardt to operate an alternator and starter repair business at their home located at 250 North 6th Avenue. They gave a favorable recommendation contingent upon an approval letter from Price River Water Improvement District regarding oil and grease from items that will be repaired at the residence. Price River Water Improvement District issued a letter indicating that they have no jurisdiction over home occupied businesses. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that this item be rejected as it seems to be more of a commercial operation rather than a home occupied business. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
22. ASCENSION ST. MATTHEWS CHURCH, NETBEAM, INC. - Conditional Use Permits Approved
Councilmember Piccolo reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for Conditional Use Permits.
Ascension St. Matthews Church - 1305 South 100 East, Relocation of Church and Signs
Netbeam, Inc. - 535 East Main, Antenna Installation On Tire King Building (Wireless Internet Service). Antenna not to exceed 10' in height above roof.
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the requests be approved, that Conditional Use Permits be issued, and that Netbeam, Inc., be approved contingent upon the purchase of a business license. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
23. S & D LLC (DR. SHANE TAYLOR) - Permission To Subdivide Property at 750 North Cedar Hills Drive
Councilmember Piccolo reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation for Dr. Shane Taylor to subdivide property at 750 North Cedar Hills Drive. This is a single lot subdivision, containing .9100 of an acre. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the request be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
24. S & D LLC (DR. SHANE TAYLOR) - Request For Zone Change - Public Hearing Scheduled
Councilmember Piccolo reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the request of Dr. Shane Taylor to rezone a portion of property from SF-6 to MR-7 located at 750 North Cedar Hills Drive. Dr. Taylor plans to build a dental office and house two apartments underneath the dental office. At a later date, he plans to build a duplex adjacent and to the south of the dental office. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that a Public Hearing for the rezoning be scheduled for September 27, 2000. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
25. VERN JONES, GARY SONNTAG, ALECK SHILAOS, PAT LARSEN, JOANNE LESSAR, KEITH WIGHT, ED SHOOK, ROGER TAYLOR, CC DEPUTY WOOD, WILLIAM BARNES, BYRON ALLRED, SHARI MADRID, LISA PETERSEN, HEATHER WICHMANN, ROBERT POTTS, ROBERT BENNETT, SUDA MERRIMAN, JANEY CAMPBELL, KENT JONES, FRANK LUJAN, JIM VALDEZ - Per Diem and Travel Approved
Mayor Protem Nikas presented the following travel requests:
Vern Jones, Gary Sonntag, Aleck Shilaos, Pat Larsen, Joanne Lessar, Keith Wight - Utah League of Cities and Towns Convention, Salt Lake City, September 13-15
Ed Shook, Roger Taylor, CC Deputy Wood (Drug Task Force) - Utah Narcotics Officers Association, St. George, September 11-13
William Barnes - Dept. of Public Safety, Decision In A Crisis, Camp Williams, October 11, 12
Byron Allred - Animal Chemical Immobilization, Ogden, October 11, 12
Shari Madrid, Lisa Petersen, Heather Wichmann, Robert Potts, Pat Larsen - Caselle Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 10, 11
Vern Jones - Grant Writing Class, Snowbird, October 30-November 2
Robert Bennett - Bonneville Chapter ICBO Fall Educational Institute, Park City, September 26-29
Vern Jones - Joint Highway Committee Meeting, Ogden, September 22
Suda Merriman, Janey Campbell, Kent Jones, Frank Lujan, Jim Valdez - Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Conference, Provo, October 19, 20
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the travel be approved and that the per diem for the Utah League of Cities and Towns Convention be set at $45/day. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
26. PURCHASE OF PRICE RIVER WATER USERS ASSOCIATION STOCK - Ratified
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the verbal approval to purchase 50 shares of Price River Water Users Association Stock at $1,400/share be ratified. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
27. NO FAULT SEWER PROGRAM - Discussion
Nick Sampinos presented a letter from Dave Childs, Olympus Insurance, suggesting that the City consider implementing a “no fault sewer program”. For example, if a citizen had a sewer back up at their residence and submitted a claim to the City, the City would review that claim and have a set amount that they would offer to the claimant to resolve the sewer issue, and if that was accepted, the customer would sign a release. The City would then no longer be responsible for further damage claims. If the customer rejected, the claim would then be sent to the insurance carrier for a determination of liability. The Council discussed what this program would do to rates and the responsibility and extra time involved for staff. It was recommended that this program be placed on the agenda for review at next year’s budget session to be re-evaluated at that time.
28. CONTRIBUTIONS/DONATIONS BY GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES - Discussion
Nick Sampinos presented information regarding State laws concerning contributions/donations provided by governmental entities. The law is fairly specific of what is allowed and what isn’t. It still comes under determination by the Council as to what constitutes a corporate purpose and how the taxpayers funds will be spent. There is not a lot of case law on this. Nick also presented a draft of a form that he has prepared for the Council to review. Those applicants requesting a contribution would fill the form out and it would be reviewed by a committee instead of being placed on the agenda for Council meetings. The Council will review this issue further.
29. PURCHASE OF NETWORK COLOR PRINTER - Approved
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that permission be given to purchase a network color printer for the Public Works Complex. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
30. AIRPORT ROAD CHIP SEALING - Carbon County - Final Payment
Gary Sonntag presented a request for a final payment in the amount of $4,111.20 submitted by Carbon County for chip sealing a portion of Airport Road within the City limits. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the payment be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
31. CDBG SR55 SURVEY PROJECT - Johansen & Tuttle Engineering - Final Payment
Gary Sonntag presented a request for a final payment in the amount of $880 submitted by Johansen & Tuttle Engineering for the survey work on the CDBG SR55 project. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the payment be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
32. TERRACE HILLS SKATE PARK - Stapp Construction - Partial Payments
Gary Sonntag presented a request for partial payments #2 and #3 totaling $29,459 submitted by Stapp Construction for their work to date on the Terrace Hills Skate Park. Payment #2 is for $17,109 and #3 is for $12,350. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the payments be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
33. CITY HALL PARKING LOT - Permission To Negotiate For Landscape Architectural Services
Gary Sonntag requested permission to negotiate with Gillies, Stransky, Brems and Smith to provide landscape architectural services for the City Hall parking lot. This is a budgeted item. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
34. 500 NORTH PARKING LOT AND GARDEN - Permission To Negotiate For Landscape Architectural Services
Gary Sonntag requested permission to negotiate with Gillies, Stransky, Brems and Smith to provide landscape architectural services for the 500 North Parking Lot and Garden. This is a budgeted item. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
35. WATER TREATMENT PLANT AND TANK IMPROVEMENTS, #22S-2000 - Hansen, Allen and Luce Consulting Engineers - Ratification of Contract
Gary Sonntag reported that the Council gave verbal permission to contract with Hansen, Allen and Luce Consulting Engineers to prepare construction plans and specifications for improvements at the Water Treatment Plant that include painting the backwash tank, sedimentation basin and installing a sodium hypochlorite generation system. Also painting the exterior top of the 3 million gallon water tank in northeast Price. Total price of the contract is $11,800. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the contract be ratified. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
36. BERNICE RODEN (LIFE STYLE HOMES) - Development Agreement - Partial Release
Gary Sonntag reported that Bernice Roden has completed the necessary street improvements in front of her home located at 670 South 200 East and is eligible for a partial release of the cashiers check posted as a guarantee. The amount of the release is $630 and will be submitted to Life Style Homes. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the partial release be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
37. DIGITAL SIGNATURES - Tabled
Pat Larsen reported that the Finance Department has the ability to scan in signatures and print them on checks. She requested permission to be able to do this and place her and the City Treasurers signatures on checks. This would save a lot of time instead of signing each check by hand. The Council discussed the procedure and felt that it would be worthwhile. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the item be tabled and placed on Unfinished Business and that Pat be directed to review ways of safeguarding and preparing a policy. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
38. POINT EVAULATION SYSTEM FOR JOB CLASSIFICATIONS - Meeting Scheduled
Keith Wight presented packets of information pertaining to the point evaluation system for City job classifications and briefly reviewed them. As the packets are quite large, the Council recommended that they review them and that a workshop be scheduled to go over them in detail. The Council felt that the City’s present classification system is 14 years old and that a newer up-to-date system might be warranted. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the item be placed on Unfinished Business and that a workshop be scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th, at 7:00 a.m. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
39. 125 FLEXIBILE BENEFIT PLAN - Committee Appointed
Keith Wight presented information pertaining to the 125 Flexible Benefits Plan that he obtained from Utah Local Governments Trust. The City has the option of going with the plain premium only plan or with a premium plan plus health care reimbursement account and dependent reimbursement account. For Utah Local Governments Trust to administer it, it would cost $3/person per month or $36/person per year. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that a committee consisting of himself, Councilmember Nikas, Keith Wight, Vern Jones, Joanne Lessar, and Pat Larsen, review this and report back to the Council. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
40. GINA KELLER - Reclassification Approved
Keith Wight requested permission to reclassify Gina Keller, Library Aid, from permanent/part time to permanent/full time effective September 1, 2000. Gina replaces Ronnie Valencia who changed from full time to part time. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the reclassification be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
41. PRICE RIVER WATER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT - Update
Councilmember Denison reported that the waterline project on Ridge Road is getting closer to being finished. The expansion on the ammonia issues for the sewer treatment plant has been started.
42. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Sento Corporation
Vern Jones reported that the State of Utah has offered over $350,000 to Sento Corporation to locate their next plant in Price. It is unknown at this time if Sento accepted the offer. A little snag to the downside for Sento is that US West is not able to provide the telephone service that they said they could 1 ˝ years ago. This is being worked out through the fiber optic route.
43. SWIM TEAM ITEMS - Update
Councilmember Wheeler reported that she received a call from one of the swim team members regarding the $500 that they contributed towards the purchase of swim team items. She recommended that Councilmember Denison, Gary Sonntag and Tamara Klarich get together with her to decide what to purchase with that money.
44. CHRIS MICOZ - Purchase of Property (100 South 700 East) - Public Hearing Scheduled
Gary Sonntag reported that a survey was completed to identify the existing public street improvements at the intersection of 100 South 700 East. This survey was compared to the recently approved Bonnie J Subdivision. It appears there is a triangular portion of property that could be successfully vacated without jeopardizing the road system. He requested permission to advertise for a Public Hearing announcing the City’s intent to vacate that parcel of property. The intent to vacate the property is to deed it to the Micoz residence which is adjacent to that road. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that a Public Hearing be scheduled for September 27th to vacate the above parcel of property and that the item be placed on the Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for information only. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
45. EMIL SIMONE - 359 East 2nd North (Drainage Problem) - Update
Gary Sonntag reported that he reviewed the situation regarding the drainage problem at the Emil Simone property at 359 East 2nd North. It is a dead end road and everything drains into his property. In order to overcome the problem, the water will have to be piped from his property onto 2nd North. The Council questioned Mr. Simone’s remarks at a previous meeting about an open ditch that was covered up. Gary stated that he would again contact Mr. Simone to determine if there was such a ditch.
46. SWIMMING POOL LIFT - Update
Councilmember Wheeler reported that she and Vern Jones met with Nancy Bently regarding a swimming pool lift. Nancy gave them a video which described lifts. Vern stated that the lift in the video costs less than $4,000. As soon as we decide which lift we want, Nancy knows of some grants which can be pursued for this purpose. In addition, Jeff Frandsen from Castleview Hospital is looking at his sources and is very receptive. It might be that the City could get some financial help from the hospital.
Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.