Minutes of the Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

September 27, 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                                   Nick Tatton, Community Director

Rick Davis                                             John Daniels, Human Resource Director

Jeff Nielson                                           Laurie Tryon, City Recorder

                                                                Bret Cammans, Customer Service Director

                                                                Aleck Shilaos, Police Chief                                                

Others Present: 

Shane Samech      Ben Waldon                          Mike Ramstetter                   Grady McEvoy                     Nancy Cammans                 Ashlei Baker                                Daren Larsen                                                        Nathaniel Woodward          Aaron Hales                          Kristin Gardner                     Judy Jensen                          Emily McRae                         Kellie Peczuh                                                       Jessica Salmon                     Nicole Hovat                         Corey Hone                           Steven Christensen            C.J. McManus                      Kathy Murray                                                       Jan Young                             Lilian Lopez


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


1.             COUNCILMEMBERS REPORT- The Mayor and Councilmembers presented an update on the activities and functions in which they have participated.


2.             VISIONARY SERVICE AWARD-Mr. Mike Loveless was unable to attend tonight’s meeting to receive his Award.




The Council has reviewed the proposed interlocal agreement and the Resolution dated September 26, 2006 from the Carbon County Commission, and are ready to move forward with presenting the ZAP Tax issue to the voters. A draft of the proposed interlocal agreement has been reviewed by the County Commissioners and is ready to sign, which allows Price City to proceed. The City Attorney will present an original interlocal agreement for signatures.   MOTION. Councilmember Nielson moved to accept the ZAP Tax Interlocal Agreement. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to adopt the ZAP Tax Resolution 2006-23 and to proceed with placing the ZAP Tax issue on the ballot of the November 7, 2006 election. Nielson seconded motion. Motion carried.


4.             BID OPENING-City Hall Boiler and Pool HVAC Units


                The following bids were received for the:

                 CITY HALL BOILER

                HTC-                                                      $ 13,500.00 Option 1             Conrad Miller Mech.-  $21,775.00 Option 1     

                                                                                $ 21,500.00 Option 2                                                     $24,840.00 Option 2

                                                                                $ 25,300.00 Option 3


                SR Mechanical                                     $29,860.00


                POOL HVAC UNITS                          

                HTC                                                        $22,960.00 - - Option 1 $1,050.00

                Air Temp Heating, LLC.                      $13,400.00

                SR Mechanical                                     $39,822.00


                The Council would like to see a committee set up to evaluate the received bids and make a decision that best serves Price City’s interests in the purchase of a City Hall Boiler and Pool HVAC Units. The committee will consist of Bret Cammans, Pat Larsen, Tamra Gray, Fermin Guttierez, John Procarione and Councilmember Rick Davis. MOTION. Councilmember Davis moved to let the committee proceed with a bid evaluation and to award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder and to notify the companies of their decision as soon as possible. Councilmember Nielson seconded the motion and carried. 


5.             CEU/ASCEU-Safety Issues with Streets and Crosswalks on 300 E. and 400 North in Price


The ASCEU Leadership representatives were Benjamin Waldon and Mike Ramstetter. The ASCEU was well represented to discuss with the City Council the recent accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles surrounding the area of 300 E. and 400 N. near CEU. The group would like to create a companionship between CEU, the community and the City Council regarding safety on the roads.  The crosswalks, lighting and streets need to all be evaluated for the safety of pedestrians crossing the roads. The ASCEU group will be distributing safety information throughout the College Campus in order to educate the college students on using crosswalks appropriately and not jaywalking.  The safety behavior among the students and public needs to be reevaluated and taught consistently. Surveys are now being conducted at CEU with students to see how many are using the provided crosswalks. The group feels that the streets are poorly lit at night, making crossing the street very dangerous. CEU has only one officer to do the patrol for the campus and surrounding property.  Mr. Waldon would hope that CEU and Price City Police Officers could work together to enforce the crosswalk rules, jaywalking and speeding on the roads where students from all schools are using on a daily basis. The Mayor and Council appreciated this discussion to find ways to make the city streets safer. It seems that drivers are not paying attention to crosswalks and the speed zones around the college and also around town. The students are not paying attention to how they cross the streets and are jaywalking on a regular basis or using their electronic devices while crossing the streets. The City Council likes the education aspect and will work with the Police Department on enforcement. Mr. Waldon would like to see CEU Police ticket the jaywalkers and Price City Police to give speeding tickets. The enforcement would grab the attention of the High School students speeding down 400 North. This effort would protect all students coming not only from CEU, but from the Junior High and High School.  Councilmember McEvoy suggests having the ASCEU students possibly speaking to Carbon High students at an activity or assembly as role models and peers.  The City Council would much rather see education rather than enforcement. Jan Young, works at CEU and has noticed the crosswalks are much wider on 300 East than they are on 400 North. People may not realize the crosswalks are there and Price City may want to repaint the marks. Most of the accidents that have taken place have not occurred in an actual crosswalk. Most accidents are the result of jaywalking or not paying attention by the walker or the driver. The lighting at CEU on the campus would need to be addressed by  CEU maintenance. Councilmember Nielson would like to see more lighting added and or fixing the broken, dim lights. He would also like to see the trees trimmed around the lights to get more brightness surrounding the area. The education provided from the ASCEU will hopefully keep students from cutting across to the quickest route and remind them to be cautious and use crosswalks. Councilmember Hanna-Smith has noticed the lack of respect for pedestrians on all roadways. We need to all work together to create examples of citizens slowing down while driving, using crosswalks and paying attention to pedestrians. CEU could provide a crosswalk attendant for a day, to create awareness while making it fun but meaningful. It shouldn’t take someone helping a person across the street to make it safer, but it points out awareness to everyone using the streets. Jessica Samon spoke to the Council and invited them to use the crosswalks that are in place to understand their point of view. A committee will be formed consisting of the ASCEU, Mayor Piccolo, Police Chief, Aleck Shilaos, Councilmember Nielson and Councilmember McEvoy to gather information and evaluate the situation for possible solutions. The Committee can bring a financial request back to the Council at a future meeting. ASCEU representatives should contact the Mayor’s office for a meeting time. MOTION.  Councilmember Nielson motioned to have a committee assigned to review the matter with a possible solution returned to the Council. Motion seconded by Councilmember Davis and carried.


6.        CARBON RECREATION-Funding Request


Steve Christensen presented this request for funding for the Carbon County Recreation. The department is always looking for ways to make Carbon Recreation better. More money is necessary to continue with the programs that are in progress and for the programs the department is trying to implement for Price City and Carbon County residents. Mr. Christensen is requesting an additional 10% on top of the money Price City budgets each year for his department. This request is usually about every 4-5 years. A participation report was given to the Council to identify the increasing demand for recreational activities and participation levels. There are currently 95 different programs offered to almost 7,000 people. The major project is the rental program which has doubled this year with 184 rentals that equates to 1,000 items that have been rented to citizens. This program is the most diverse in Utah with an extensive outdoor program. All of the surrounding communities in the county have agreed to this 10% which amounts to $2100.00 a year. Councilmember Hanna-Smith questioned where the extra funding would be used. She knows that a new truck and another employee were on the original request but the new vehicle was paid for by the Recreation Board through Carbon County. The full time person was funded by the overall budget in the County and part of that was an amount Mr. Christensen hoped would be coming from the 10% from communities. Mr. Christensen had most of the surrounding communities support before he met with Price City. He is also asking for an additional 25% increase from the County which he intends to implement into new programs, the pond at the fairgrounds, soccer goals for indoor soccer, volleyball tournaments in building etc. The ski bus program each year has been funded by a local oil and gas company. This year, the funding is not there and an additional $4-5,000 dollars is needed to supplement the budget. Pat Larsen suggested that because the 10% is not in next year’s budget it will require a public hearing in January to allow for the increase. Price City can pay the portion in a quarterly amount now without going the budget until January. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to approve the 10% increase for Carbon County Recreation. Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


7.             MAINSTREET PROGRAM UPDATE-Nancy Cammans


Nancy Cammans presented an update for the Mainstreet Program. The Business Expansion (BEAR) survey program is a great tool of information on local businesses and is very useful in evaluating their needs.

The Historic District is coming along quite well. The businesses are being visited to learn the history of the buildings they are in. The boundaries as to where the district will be are in question and will be decided with time and evaluation of the area. Some of the local building owners are interested in updating their buildings for use. The use of space in these older downtown buildings would be great for growth and integrity of the area. 

The Downtown Alive events held are doing well and bringing business to those participating in the events. The events provide businesses with exposure and an increase in income for the month of participation. Next year events are being scheduled. Parking is always limited for Mainstreet but there were approximately 800 people participated that entered drawings which demonstrates the fact that citizens are drawn to the events.

Spooktacular is coming and will be a great event as it is expanding to two streets this year. Safety will always be an issue and the concerns are being assessed. Nancy is always looking for ideas for to make the events even better and more successful for businesses. The Downtown Alive Board is now accepting nominations to fill vacancies.


8.             PRICE COMMUNITY CENTER-Clarification and Establishment of Lease Rates


Nick Tatton presented this item to bring clarification to the old Police Department building tenants who have moved from the Price Community Center (PCC). It was indicated that the fees for the clients moving into the old Police Department building would have the fees waived until the first of new year. The decision was never placed into a motion and therefore was not a formal decision.  The Price Community Center building has been set up within a separate account from the general fund. When the building is torn down, the surplus can be sold and the money used to offset costs. A budgeted $1,300.00 has been allowed for the building expenses for this year, where a $13,500 was budgeted last year. Pat Larsen is concerned how the bills will be paid if rent is not being charged. Nick Tatton added that it is only .16 cents per square foot to rent the building space with allowance of the common areas for each tenant.  This situation is temporary for the next 9 months and we have approximately $30,000 in this year’s fund to take care of costs. MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved to allow the tenants from the Price Community Center to stay without rent temporarily until June 30, 2007. Motion seconded by Councilmember Mcevoy and carried.


9.             BASSO DINO-MINE PLAYGROUND-Formal Adoption and Acceptance


                Councilmember Jeanne McEvoy and the Playground Committee presented Price City with the formal adoption and acceptance of the Basso Dino-Mine Playground.  The Committee thanked the Council for its ongoing support of this project. The park is officially open and dedicated to Price City. A punch list is completed and has been given to the Council for approval. An approximate $171,000 has been paid out in purchase orders. The reclamation can now be done along with the checklist of items to be completed and or added. After all of the details are reached the cost of the playground will reach $195,000.  Councilmember Nielson asked whether the extra funds will now go to a restricted fund dedicated to maintain the park. Mayor Piccolo would like to see the committee receive matching funds from a grant in order to add more things to the park. An outside marketing committee could be added to get people into the area and draw interest to the park and Price City. Community Director, Nick Tatton and Councilmember Tatton have offered assistance in the marketing idea. Angelo Kiahtipes has offered to advertise the park for one year on his billboard, which is another amazing offer to the community. There are many bricks and pickets which still need to be added as well as other items on the punch list. The Committee would like to have the permission to have a “Friends of the Park” group set up to with Jeanne and Grady McEvoy to continue the fund control as they have this entire year. Mayor Piccolo would like to see the committee continue on to finish the project with the fund control staying as it is set up now. There are still many ideas in the making to finish the park. The money is not Price City’s until it is given to Price City from the Committee and as long as the group is still working on the playground, the money should stay where it is until completion.  The maintenance and operation will be turned over to the City tonight until the punch list is complete. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to accept the operation and maintenance of the Basso Dino-Mine Playground. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to carry on the current judiciary funding process without change until the playground is complete with Jeanne and Grady McEvoy as fund controllers. Motion seconded by Councilmember Nielson.


10.           INGRAM TECHNOLOGIES, LLC-Home Occupied Business-Approved


Councilmember Nielson reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation for the following request for a Home Occupied Business Permit,:


                Ingram Technologies, LLC-128 N. 100 W.-Business and Sign Final


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


11.           PROFESSIONAL TITLE SERVICES- Conditional Use Permit Approved


Councilmember Nielson reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation for the following request for a Conditional Use Permit.:


                Professional Title Services -107 So. 100 E.-Clay Holbrook, Owner- New Building-Preliminary and Final


MOTION. Councilmember Nielson moved that the Conditional Use Permit be approved upon the purchase of a business license. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith. Motion carried.


                Castle Ridge Subdivision -#1-2306- Doug Perkins, Owner-New Subdivision-Concept Only


Mayor Piccolo asked that the item be stricken.


CONSENT ITEMS – MOTION. Councilmember Davis moved that Items #12 through # 22 be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Hanna-Smith and carried.


12.           MINUTES- September 12, 2006, September 12, 2006 Special ZAP Tax Meeting


                The September 12, 2006 minutes were corrected per the following:

Item #4, first page, second motion of Conditional Use Permit approval, - remove the word, “the” after “basis that”.  Item #21, third page, fifth line, change “a funeral” to “city provided services”.  Item #26, first line should read “$35,000”.  


The September 12, 2006 Special ZAP Tax Meeting – First paragraph, seventh line, change “taxed” to “tax”


13.           PRICE NORTHEAST 2006 ANNEXATION-Received Approval to Accept Petition and Set Date for Public Hearing for November 8, 2006


14.           PERMANENT COMMUNITY IMPACT BOARD FUND – Received Approval to Accept Contract for a $75,000 Loan to Price City for the Cost of the Acquisition of an Emergency Generator for the Water Treatment Plant and a Brush Truck for the Fire Department, the Demolition of the City Community Center and the Construction of ADA Access Improvements to Street Walkways and City Buildings.


15.           PERMANENT COMMUNITY IMPACT BOARD FUND – Resolution 2006-24-Received Approval for Consideration and Adoption of the Parameters Resolution for Sales Tax Revenue Bond of $75,000 and to Set Date for Public Hearing for October 11, 2006


                Resolution 2006-24- Authorizing Issuance of Bond, Calling a Public Hearing and Establishing a Time, Place and Location for said Public Hearing, Providing for a Pledge of Local Sales and Use Tax Revenues for the Payment of the Bonds, Fixing the Maximum Aggregate Principal Amount of the Bonds, The Maximum 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.


16.           BEAR RBOG CONTRACT- Received Approval to Contract for Business Visitation Services Consistent with the BEAR RBOG Funding and Program


17.           DOWNTOWN ALIVE-Received Approval to Close Main Street and Utilize Price City Facilities and Resources for October 28th, 2006, “Spooktacular” Event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.


18.           INTERMOUNTAIN POWER AGENCY-Received Approval of Resolution 2006-25-Certificate Regarding Proper Adoption of Resolution and Legal Opinion Relating to Entry into Renewed Power Sales Contract Previously Approved


19.           WATER DEPARTMENT- Received Approval to Advertise and Hire a Water/Sewer Laborer I for the Water Sewer Department


20.           PERSONNEL- Received Approval to Implement Organization and Wage Recommendation for Billy Wardle


21.           POLICE DEPARTMENT- Received Approval to Purchase New Vehicle for the Police Department.




                Leonard Miller-February 2007-Emmitsburg, Maryland-U.S. Fire Academy

                Paul BeDont-January 2007-Emmitsburg, Maryland-U.S. Fire Academy


                Laurie Tryon, Nick Tatton, John Daniels, Kathy Hanna-Smith and Richard Tatton- Attendance at the Utah League of Cities and Towns Conference- September 13-15, 2006


23.           CARBON SCHOOL DISTRICT-Received Approval for Fee Waiver of a Conditional Use Permit-Marquees for Carbon High and Mont Harmon Schools


                The Council has no problem approving the fee waiver for the Carbon County School District’s Conditional Use Permit. The area of concern is the brightness and location of the sign to be installed in front of Mont Harmon Jr. High. Councilmember Nielson questioned whether the sign would cause citizens to wreck trying to read the sign as they pass. Police Chief, Aleck Shilaos had concerns regarding the brightness of the sign coming up from Carbon Avenue and driving directly into the reflection. Pursuant to the recent change in the Land Use Development Code, this sign application could be decided administratively as long as there were no issues of concern. Due to the possible safety concerns associated with the Junior High sign, the Council would like to review of the Conditional Use Permits applications by the Planning and Zoning Commission. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved to waive the fees for Carbon School District with the Conditional Use Permits going through the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


24.           BASSO DINO-MINE ADVENTURE PARK-Received Approval for an Agreement with Phone Directories Company-Ratification with changes


The Council expressed approval of the agreement for the Dino-Mine Park Ad with the Phone Directories Company. Councilmember Hanna-Smith’s review of this agreement from the last meeting found a few changes that need to be reviewed with the wording of the ad. The Council agreed to the changes with Councilmember Hanna-Smith being responsible for the delivery of the revised document to the Phone Directory Company when completed.

First line, first sentence, change from “Dino-Mine” to “Basso Dino-Mine”. First line, second sentence to read, “in Price, Utah at Terrace Hills Park. Although located in Price, it was uniquely” in place of “It may be located in Price…” Third sentence, change from “throughout Carbon County” to “throughout Carbon County and surrounding areas of the State of Utah”. Second paragraph, second sentence, change from “a dedicated committee who work tirelessly recruiting, volunteers, tools, childcare, food, donations, materials, public relations, clean up, children’s committee and special needs”  to “movement of committees formed to handle recruitment of volunteers, securing tools, along with, food, donations, materials, childcare, clean-up, special needs and public relations.”  Second paragraph, fifth sentence, changed from “It took everyone’s involvement to raise the supplies and money necessary for this nearly quarter of a million dollar community project valued at approximately half a million dollars” to “ It took everyone’s involvement to raise the supplies and money necessary for this park valued at approximately half a million dollars.” Third paragraph, fourth sentence, from “building swing sets, etc. Everyone was building a legacy for our children” to “building swing sets, using a multitude of power tools and so much more. We were building a legacy for our children.” MOTION. Councilmember Kathy Hanna-Smith moved to ratify the approval for an agreement with Phone Directories Company with the agreed changes. Seconded by Councilmember Davis and carried.


25.           COMMUNITY PROGRESS-Update by Councilmember Hanna-Smith


The next meeting will be held on October 24, 2006. The last Yard of the Month awards will be given on September 28th.


26.           COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND- Update by Councilmember McEvoy


                An issue has surfaced regarding the Basso Dino-Mine Playground and the skaters at the park nearby. The older children are tossing the garbage cans and dispersing trash throughout the park. The pavilions are being damaged and before the issue expands into a bigger problem, Councilmember McEvoy would like the children to be spoken to about responsibility. If significant improvements in the behavior at the skate park are not made, it may need to be closed. Aleck Shilaos will look into contacting these children.  



a.  Emil Simone Complaint - 11-05

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

c.  Resolution 2006-21 Cemetery Fees


Meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m.






                                                                                                            Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor




Laurie Tryon, City Recorder