Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

September 9, 2003, 5:30 p.m.



Councilmembers:                                               Pat Larsen, Finance Director

     Betty P. Wheeler                                          Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

     Stephen L. Denison                                       Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer

     Richard Tatton                                              Keith Wight, Human Resource Director

     Don G. Reaveley, Jr.                                     Nick Tatton, Community Director

     Jeanne McEvoy       


Excused: Mayor Joe L. Piccolo

   Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

   Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police


Others Present:

     Jeff Richens              Brad Crompton              John Hayward                Karen Bedont

     Clyde Larsen


Gary Sonntag led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called with the above members in attendance.


 1.        MAYOR PROTEMPORE - Councilmember Richard Tatton


In the absence of Mayor Piccolo and in compliance with Ordinance #2002-001, Councilmember Tatton will act as Mayor Protempore.


 2.         PUBLIC INPUT - Clyde Larsen


Clyde Larsen reported that a Pre-Disaster Mitigating Grant in the amount of $3,500 has been received from the State of Utah, Department of Public Safety,  to be used to assist in the continued development of a Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan as required by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.  These plans must be submitted to the State by December 31, 2003, and will make the City eligible for emergency management money.  He requested that  the City provide him with a prioritized list of disasters and how they should be ranked, such as flooding, rock slides, earthquakes, etc.  The funds will be received after the report has been submitted.


 3.         PUBLIC INPUT - Jeff Richens


Jeff Richens, who was at the Council Meeting of August 27, 2003 regarding the closure of 300 West Street above 200 North, discussed the request of the school district to open up 300 North Street between 300 and 400 West to vehicular traffic.  The residents in this area are concerned about the safety of their children who walk through this area to the bus stop.  Their main route is along 200 North until they get to 300 West and sometimes it is up around the hill or at the bottom of the hill.  In either case, there is not a sidewalk on either of these streets.  He presented a petition from the residents in this area opposing the opening of this street.  Gary Sonntag reported that staff is in the process of reviewing this issue and as soon as it is completed, it will be brought to the Council.




The Mayor Protem and the Councilmembers presented reports on the activities taking place in their individual departments.


 5.         MINUTES - August 27, 2003


MOTION.  Councilmember Reaveley moved that the minutes of the August 27, 2003 meeting be approved as written.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.


  6.        LIGHTHOUSE LIFE AND LEARNING CENTER - Request For Variance For A Fire


Karen Bedont, representing the Lighthouse Life and Learning Center, requested permission to build a fire behind the school district offices at 251 West 400 North to accommodate their rendezvous which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 3rd and 4th, 2003.  History class students from the 4th grade through the 7th grade will be invited to attend the rendezvous.    The Mountain Men will present demonstrations on arts and crafts, dutch oven cooking, bead work,

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Atlatl and tomahawk throwing, etc.  The Lighthouse students will act as guides, dog soldiers and traders during the rendezvous.  MOTION.   As this would be classified as educational purposes, Councilmember Denison moved that the request be granted.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried. 


  7.       JOHN C. HAYWARD III - Recognition


Mayor Protem Tatton presented a plaque to John C. Hayward III, as recognition for his quick thinking and actions in the face of danger, averting a catastrophic disaster and protecting the lives of his fellow employees.  While John was working with the street crew in the operation of the asphalt spreading machine, John became aware of a fire that had erupted around the machine=s propane tank. With quick thinking and action he grabbed an extinguisher and put the fire out.



INTERCHANGE  - Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc. - Partial Payment #30

POLLEE ASHBY - Appointment To Preparedness Committee



Mayor Protem presented the following items:


Water Transmission Pipeline Construction Services and Helper Interchange - Partial payment in the amount of $11,419.49 to Hansen, Allen and Luce Engineering.

Pollee Ashby - Appointmen to Preparedness Committee

Ron Brewer - Miox Corporation Training, October 19-23, 2003, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Kent Jones - Playground Safety Certification, November 2-5, 2003, Salt Lake City, Utah

Linda Allred, Lisa Richens - Caselle Conference, October 15, 16, Salt Lake City, Utah


MOTION.  Councilmember Denison moved that the above items be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.


 9.        RESOLUTION #2003-21 - Affordable Housing Plan


Nick Tatton presented Resolution #2003-21, adopting the Price City Affordable Housing Plan.  MOTION.  Councilmember Wheeler moved that Resolution #2003-21 be adopted and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the resolution.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.


10.        DIANNE MARTINO - Part Time Custodian/Substitute Crossing Guard


Keith Wight reported that Dianne Martino who works part time as a Custodian in the Maintenance Department has submitted an application to be a Substitute Crossing Guard.  Police Chief Aleck Shilaos has interviewed Mrs. Martino and recommends approval.  MOTION.  Councilmember Wheeler moved that Dianne Martino be approved as a Substitute Crossing Guard effective September 22, 2003.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.


11.        BRET CAMMANS - Promotion/Pay Increase Approved


Keith Wight recommended that Brett Cammans be promoted from a Data Processing Technician, Grade 11 to I & S Manager, Grade 18, effective September 8, 2003.  Bret replaces an employee who recently terminated.  MOTION.  Councilmember Reaveley moved that the promotion/pay increase be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


12.        CHRIS BARNETT - Bonus Approved


Keith Wight reported that Tamara Gray, Aquatics Supervisor, and Fermin Gutierrez, Buildings Supervisor, have recommended that Chris Barnett, Facilities Specialist,  receive a bonus for the exceptional work he has been doing at the swimming pool.  MOTION.  Councilmember Reaveley moved that Chris Barnett receive a $300 bonus.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.




Councilmember Wheeler reported that DeLynn Fielding, Carbon County Economic Development, attended the Price River Water Improvement District meeting and presented an update on

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economic development.  Jeff Richens from PRWID, presented a report on the participation of the Colorado River Basin.  He also reported that Scofield Reservoir=s level was at 13,510 acre feet.


14.        PIGEON REMOVAL  - Update


Councilmember Reaveley reported that Helper City recently dealt with a pigeon problem.  He received some information from a pest control company on what action they took in Helper.  He will review this and report back to the Council.




Nick Sampinos reported that he spoke with one of the homeowners who experienced a sewer back-up in Northeast Price and they reported that an insurance adjuster had been to their home to discuss their claim.  Gary Sonntag stated that the adjuster had also contacted Sam White, Water/Sewer Dept. Supervisor, and discussed the sewer back-up with him.  The adjuster indicated he would contact the insurance company and ask that they pay the claims.


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


Meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

Reconvened at 6:23 p.m.


Meeting adjourned at 6:27 p.m.







ATTEST:                                                           Richard Tatton, Mayor Protempore





Joanne Lessar, City Recorder