Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

September 22, 2004, 5:30 p.m.



Mayor Joe L. Piccolo                                          Joanne Lessar, City Recorder

Councilmembers:                                               Pat Larsen, Finance Director

     Betty P. Wheeler                                          Nick Sampinos, City Attorney

     Stephen L. Denison                                       Gary Sonntag, PWD/City Engineer

     Richard Tatton                                              Nick Tatton, Community Director

     Jeanne McEvoy                                            Bret Cammans, Customer Services Director

     Joe Christman                                              John Daniels, Human Resource Director

                                                                        Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police


Others Present:

     Neil Breinholt                        Shirley Matheny                         Annette Beckman          Jerry Carlson

     Christie Krompel                   Pamela Juliano                          Debbie Krompel             Ann Evans

     Samuele Quigley                  Anthony J. Basso                      Kathy Hanna Smith        Vicky Miller

     Brenda Deeter                      Carlie Golden                             Lyle Ahlstrom                Joyce Daniels

     Melanie Steele                      David O=Brien                             Torie Johnson


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


  1.        NANCY CAMMANS - Invitation To Visit Castle Heights Elementary During State PTA Road Trip


Nancy Cammans reported that the Utah State PTA Board will be visiting Castle Heights Elementary on Wednesday, September 29th.  She invited the Mayor and Council to attend a special performance scheduled at the school.  The purpose of the PTA=s visit is to strengthen arts in the school and community involvement.  Marci Watkins, who is a broadway entertainer, will perform for the children.  The first runner up to Miss Carbon County will also perform.


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


Meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.

Reconvened at 5:39 p.m.


  2.       SHIRLEY ANN MATHENY, ANNETTE BECKMAN - Carbon County Housing Authority Smoke Free Buildings


Shirley Ann Matheny and Annette Beckman were at the meeting to ask the Mayor and Council for assistance in designating a smoke free building at the Carbon County Housing Authority location.  Smokers and non-smokers share the same building and it seems that the smoke is coming in through the ventilation system and creating a health hazard for those who have heart trouble and asthma.  They have asked the director of the Housing Authority to move all the smokers into one building, but she refuses to do so.  Nick Sampinos recommended contacting Claron Bjork of the Southeastern Utah Health District, as he may have some enforcement authority.   




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




Joyce Daniels reported that the Emergency Preparedness Committee is supporting the Neighbor To Neighbor Program.  This program encourages each person to know their neighbors and their needs and resources in the event of an emergency.  Call out lists will be prepared in the event that telephones are out.  Information can be forwarded by going neighbor to neighbor.  As soon as she receives further information, she will ask the Mayor to sign a proclamation for this program.  Councilmember Tatton stated that it has been found if neighbors know each other, the crime rate is lower. 


  5.        UTAH=S CHRISTMAS TOWN COMMITTEE - Request For Contribution-Public Hearing Scheduled


Vicky Miller, representing Utah=s Christmas Town Committee, requested a contribution to help fund the 2004 Christmas Activities in Helper.  This event is not a Helper City funded activity, but

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rather a six member committee with assistance from members of the community.  The funds will be used to purchase fireworks.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that a Public Hearing be scheduled for October 13, 2004 to consider this request.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.




Carlie Golden, representing the Youth Public Relations at the College of Eastern Utah, presented an update on activities that the Student Government is conducting.  They are in the process of placing a standing backup on the hill where the CEU letters and the eagle head are located.  The letters and eagle head will be lit at night during games so that the t the public knows what is taking place at the college.  Once construction is completed on campus, the public will be invited to see the changes that have taken place.  She invited the Mayor and Council to attend a speech given by the Lt. Governor at the Geary Theater on Wednesday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m.  The Mayor and Council thanked Carlie for her information.


  7.       UNITED WAY - Skate For Life Event Approved


Pamela Juliano, representing United Way, introduced two of their youth leaders, Christie Krompel and Torie Johnson.  Their mission is to offer a healthy lifestyle throughout the community and encourage youth to become involved in activities.  In the past two weeks, volunteers completed a clean up campaign including the Peace Gardens, the skate park, Heritage Park and the parkway along Helper City.  As part of the Skate For Life Program and a fund raiser for United Way, Christie Krompel requested permission to hold a skate day and dance at the skate park on Saturday, October 16th, from 4:00 to 7:00 with dancing from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.  The public is invited to these events.  MOTION.  Councilmember Wheeler moved that the request be approved contingent upon approval by the Police Department.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried


 8.        CEU MUSEUM EXPANSION - Request For Financial and In-Kind Assistance - Concept Approval


Sam Quigley, Chairman of the CEU Museum Board, presented plans for the expansion of the College of Eastern Utah Museum.  He asked the Council for financial and in-kind assistance for facility operations and maintenance.  The museum has hired the Benz Corporation, a professional company, to conduct a study to determine the probability of a successful campaign to raise $25 million to expand the museum.  The Carbon County Special Service District has agreed to provide matching funds for this study.  Mr. Quigley asked the Council for a conceptual agreement to accept the responsibilities of maintaining the building and providing the utilities in the same manner as they are presently providing subject to a final review of what the costs will be and final review of architectural plans.  Mayor Piccolo encouraged the Council to provide conceptual support as he believes it is an economic benefit to the community.  Carbon County Commissioner Bill Krompel stated that he solicits the support of the Mayor and Council and asked if they would be interested in having the architect look at the present museum site owned by Price City or if there is an alternate site that the City and County would like to look at when the architectural study is formed.  He wants to be sure that everyone is communicating and informed of what we are trying to accomplish.  Mr. Quigley felt strongly that the present museum site could handle the expansion.  It is important for downtown zoning and revitalization to build around what we have.  Councilmember McEvoy felt it is important to keep communication lines open and that everything be kept up front and in the open and that there be no behind the scenes politicking.  She feels it is  important that it be kept downtown and is in support of the expansion.  Councilmember Wheeler agreed with those concepts.  She feels it is an excellent location and needs to stay downtown.  Councilmember Denison stated that this is a project that warrants our support.  He has heard a lot of discussion on the project for a number of years and thinks that downtown is the best site.  Councilmember Tatton stated that he would like to see a narrower definition, as Afacilities operations@ is too broad a term.  Operations such as this can include large salaries.  Mr. Quigley stated that it is the intention that the City continue to provide the support as they provide on the present building.  Nick Sampinos stated that this committee just wants the support of the Mayor and Council to move forward since the proposed site is located on their property.  The committee knows that the City cannot commit to an agreement for any specific funds or arrange a specific agreement at this time.  They simply want the support of the City to move forward with their plans.  Councilmember Christman stated that he is definitely in favor of the concept, but he would like to see demolition of the old Central School building included in the expansion and that it be incorporated into the feasibility study.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the Mayor and Council support the CEU Museum Expansion project at the levels they can afford and that Mr.

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Sampinos be authorized to prepare a document to that effect.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


 9.        RAPTOR STATUE - Southeast Corner of 100 East and 100 North

KOKOPELLI STATUE - Intersection of 100 West Main Street


Sam Quigley presented a plan proposed by the Small Businessman=s Alliance to draw people into the center of Main Street which is real important to the museum.  As the traffic bypasses Main Street on 100 North and trees cover the marquis, it is difficult for travelers to find the museum.  One way to change this is place some art on Main Street and 1st North to attract attention to the downtown area and the museum.  The Restaurant Tax Board plans to create a drawing of a Utah Raptor statue to be installed in a sandstone arch to be located on the corner of 100 East and 100 North.  Funding for the bronze statue is being provided by the Carbon County Transportation District.  In addition, plans are to place a large sign on Carbonville Road adjacent to the Taco Bell to direct travelers onto Main Street.  Also planned is a Kokopelli statue to be placed at the intersection of 100 West Main Street.  The Restaurant Tax Committee has committed funds to purchase this statue.  Long term plans include the placement of Kokopelli statues at the intersections of Carbon Avenue and Main Street, 1st East and Main Street and 3rd East and Main Street.  If for some reason it is found that these locations create safety issues, they will be moved.  Councilmember Tatton reported that it has been recommended that the streets be renamed accordingly, such as Raptor Avenue, Kokopelli Drive, etc.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the Raptor and Kokopelli statues be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Christman and carried. 


10.        DAVID AND SHAWNEE ARIOTTI - Claim For Damages - Unfinished Business


Nick Sampinos presented a claim for damages submitted by David and Shawnee Ariotti when a water pipe broke at the old BLM building and flooded their basement.  The insurance company  denied the claim as they felt the City was not responsible.  Gary Sonntag has gathered additional facts that were not known earlier that might be helpful in submitting this to the insurance company for another review.  He will report back to the Council.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that this item be moved to Unfinished Business.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Christman and carried. 




12.        CARBON COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS ALLIANCE - Price Downtown Revitalization Project


Dave O=Brien presented a proposal from the Carbon County Small Business Alliance to help revitalize the downtown area.  The Alliance felt that there is not enough advertising to entice travelers to stop in Price.  Their proposal is to place LED signs at all three entrances to the City.  The LED signs would provide information as to the current activities taking place in the community or any other pertinent information.  For those travelers leaving the City and going towards East Carbon and Green River, the other side of the LED signs would provide information on activities taking place in Wellington, East Carbon and Green River.  The same information would be provided at the other exits going towards Emery County and towards Helper.  Estimated cost for each LED sign is approximately $15,000.  Funds to purchase these signs could be provided by the Restaurant Tax Committee.  Price City would then own and maintain the signs.  Also discussed was the placement of banners throughout the City.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that this project be supported by the Mayor and Council and that this group of individuals be thanked  for the work they have done so far and that the City continue to work with them.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.




Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for Conditional Use Permits per the following contingency on Dr. Bailey=s dental office.


Heidi=s Alterations and Customer Sewing - 69 West Main - Business

Ogden=s Carpets - 268 South Highway 55 - Business and Sign

Tony Basso - 480 South Carbon Avenue - Change of Use From Convenience Store To Offices

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Dr. James Bailey - Cedar Hills Drive Dental Office (1300 East 300 North) - Final approval  contingent upon PRWID=s approval for a sampling manhole.

University of Utah Kidney Dialysis Center - 300 North Hospital Drive - Condominium (Office space will be available under a planned unit development.  Owned as condominium units and not as part of the hospital).  (Part of next Item - Medical Office Building, Single Lot Subdivision.

Medical Office Building - 300 North Hospital Drive - Single Lot Subdivision (Part of Item above)


MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that the requests be approved and that Conditional Use Permits be issued per the above contingency on Dr. Bailey=s dental office.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


CONSENT ITEMS - MOTION.  Councilmember Denison  moved that Items #14 through  #20 be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.


14.        MINUTES - September 3, 2004, September 8, 2004




16.        STATE OF UTAH, DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES  - Worksite Learner Employer Agreement (Emergency Work Program)


17.        TREES, INC. - Contract To Continue Tree Trimming Services


18.        IS DEPARTMENT - Permission To Purchase Computer Equipment (Server)  For Police Department




Nick Tatton - Utah Small Cities, Inc. Rural Initiatives and Regular USCI Board and General Membership Meeting, September 29, 2004, Vernal, Utah

Heather Wichmann - Business Writing and Grammar Skills Training, October 26, 27, 2004. Salt Lake City, Utah

Bob Bennett - Fall Educational Institute ICC, October 18-20,. 2004, Ogden, Utah

Ron Fowler, Ricky Hopkins - Utah Parks & Recreation Grounds Maintenance Workshop, September 22, 23, 2004, West Valley City, Utah

Suda Merriman, Kent Jones, Jim Valdez, Frank Lujan - Justice Court Conference, October 6-28, 2004, Salt Lake City, Utah


20.        METER READER I POSITION - Permission To Advertise




Councilmember Wheeler reported that there is presently 4,629 acre feet of usable water in Scofield Reservoir. 


22.        EDWARD AND DEANNE MCKINNEY - Letter To Insurance Company 


Nick Sampinos reported that he sent each of the Councilmembers a letter regarding the Claim for Damages submitted by Edward and Deanne McKinney.  He recommended that a letter be sent to the insurance company outlining the additional facts and requesting reconsideration of the claim.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that Mr. Sampinos be directed to write a letter to the insurance company with the additional information and request that they make payment.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Christman and carried.


23.        RESOLUTION #2004-23 - A Resolution Authorizing The Issuance And Sale Of Not More Than $600,000 Aggregate Principal Amount Of Electric Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2004 Of Price City, Carbon County, Utah, For The Purpose Of Acquiring Certain Electrical Facilities And Improvements; Providing For Publication Of A Notice Of Bonds To Be Issued; Fixing The Maximum Aggregate Principal Amount Of The Bonds, The Maximum Number Of Years Over Which The Bonds May Mature, The Maximum Interest Rate Which The Bonds May Bear, And The Maximum Discount From Par At Which The Bonds May Be Sold; Providing For The Running Of A Contest Period; And Related Matters.

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Pat Larsen presented Resolution #2004-23, authorizing the issuance and sale of not more than $600,000 Aggregate Principal Amount of Electric Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2004 of Price City, for the purpose of acquiring certain electrical facilities and improvements.  MOTION.  Councilmember Denison moved that Resolution #2004-23 be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the resolution.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.


24.        HUNTINGTON CITY YOUTH COUNCIL - Youth Leadership Summit


As there was no one in attendance from Huntington City, this item was treated as information only.  The Huntington City Youth Council invites the Price City Youth City Council to their Youth Leadership Summit to be held next year.


Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.







ATTEST:                                                                       Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor





Joanne Lessar, City Recorder