Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

October 22, 2003, 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, Public Works Director/City Engineer

     Richard Tatton                                              Nick Tatton, Community Director

     Don G. Reaveley, Jr.                                     Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police

     Jeanne McEvoy


Excused: Keith Wight, Human Resource Director


Others Present:

     Brad Lujan                Tim Cox                        Derrick Lujan                 Jack Jensen

     Jon Johnson             Joseph McCormack       Nicolas Velasquez         Steven Norris

     William Cox              Jeff Manley                    Ken Larson


Nicolas Velasquez, Boy Scout Troop #285, led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called with the above members present.


  1.        COUNCILMEMBERS REPORT - Update


The Mayor and Councilmembers provided updates to the activities taking place in their individual departments. 


  2.        MINUTES - October 8, 2003, October 14, 2003


MOTION.  Councilmember Wheeler moved that the minutes of the October 8th and October 14th meetings be approved as written.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.




Mayor Piccolo presented the Visionary Service Leader Award to Jeff Manley for the month of October.  Jeff is the manager of Castleview Hospital and has been involved in maintaining the Chamber of Commerce and many community issues.


  4.        CARBON COUNTY FOOD BANK - Use of City Property For Garden Ratified


MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the verbal action of the Council to allow the Carbon County Food Bank to use a parcel of City property located at approximately 350 South 50 East to grow additional food supplies be ratified.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.


  5.        HELPER ELECTRIC LIGHT PARADE - Contribution and Parade - Tabled


Mayor Piccolo presented a letter from the Helper Electric Light Parade Committee requesting a contribution and inviting the City to place a float in their parade.  MOTION.  As no one from the committee was present to answer questions, Councilmember Wheeler moved that the item be tabled and that a representative from that committee be asked to attend the next Council Meeting.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carrried.


 6 .       TEXACO CORPORATION - Request To Serve Wine In CEU Museum - Denied


Mayor Piccolo reported that Texaco Corporation provided funding for a traveling exhibit which is displayed at the College of Eastern Utah Museum.  In conjunction with that exhibit, a private reception will be held on Friday, December 5, 2003 at the museum.  They have asked permission to serve wine at the reception.  MOTION.  As State law prohibits the consumption of liquor in a public building, Councilmember Tatton moved that the request be denied.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.





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 7.        SLURRY SEAL AND CRACK SEALING, #1C-2003 - Kilgore Paving - Change Order, Partial Payment #2


Councilmember Reaveley presented a change order to the contract with Kilgore Paving for crack

sealing on City Streets.  The change order is an as-built adjustment and reduces the contract $211.50.  Kilgore Paving also submitted a request for Partial Payment #2 in the amount of $19,763.50.  MOTION.  Councilmember Reaveley moved that the change order and partial payment be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


  8.        BNR CORPORATION, FATMAN PAINTBALL - Home Occupied Businesses Approved


Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for home occupied businesses.


BNR Corporation - 569 North Windsor Road, William Vigor-Owner (Retail Truck Accessories)

Fatman Paintball - 69 East Hilllcrest Drive, Joseph and Barbara Piccolo-Partners ( Retail Paintball



Mayor Piccolo disclosed that he is related to the owners of the Fatman Paintball business.  MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that the businesses be approved upon the purchase of a business license.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


  9.        DESERT EAGLE SCREEN PRINTING AND EMBROIDERY - 270 West 100 North - Michael



Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the request of Michael Marx to operate Desert Eagle Screen Painting and Embroidery at his present business location at 270 West 100 North.  MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that the business be approved upon a satisfactory inspection by the Building Inspector.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.




Mayor Piccolo presented the following travel requests:

Bret Cammans - BMI Training (Imaging Software), December 3rd, 4th, Kaysville, Utah; Microsoft SQL Server Querying, November 20, 21, Salt Lake City, Utah; Microsoft SQL Server Admin., December 8-12, Salt Lake City, Utah

Seth Huntington - Managing Microsoft Exchange, November 3-7, Salt Lake City, Utah

Francis Duzenack - Utah Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials Annual Business Meeting and Education Seminar, November 18-22, St. George, Utah

Lyle Bauer - Utah Community Forestry Council ISA 2003 Conference, November 20, 21, Ogden, Utah


MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the travel be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.


11.        CARBON COUNTY TRAVEL BUREAU - Request To Divert Funding Approved


Nick Tatton reported that Price City authorized $5,000 towards the purchase of three billboards to be located at the entrances to City.  The Carbon County Restaurant Tax Committee has agreed to fund this entire project.  As such, Kathy Hanna-Smith, Carbon County Travel Bureau, is requesting that the funds allocated by the City be diverted to purchase advertising space in the Utah Accommodations and Vacation Guide.  The Utah Accommodations and Vacation Guide is distributed nationwide and promotes this area.  MOTION.  Councilmember Denison moved that the funds be diverted as requested.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.  


12.        ANNUAL AUDIT FOR 2002-2003 - Smuin, Rich & Marsing - Partial Payment Ratified


Pat Larsen reported that the Council gave verbal approval for a partial payment in the amount of $6,416.50 to Smuin, Rich & Marsing for their contract on the City=s Annual Audit For 2002-2003. MOTION.  Councilmember Denison moved that the action be ratified.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.



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13.       LIBRARY - Permission To Submit Grant Application To AmeriCorps Vista Project


MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the Library receive permission to submit a grant application to the AmeriCorps Vista Project.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.



PROJECT, #3C-2003, #030533 - Rebid


Gary Sonntag reported that the bids to improve the Price City Hall and the CEU Museum access doors, which is the Community Development Grant Project for 2002-03, were rejected as the bids far exceeded the available funding.  In order to utilize the grant money, Gary requested permission to rebid the project to reduce the costs.  In order to do this, he requested permission for the following:  (1) Waive the building permit fee.  Building inspections will still be completed.  (2) Waive the Bid Bond and Performance Bond.  The contractor will be required to enter into an agreement to guarantee the project for one year.  He met with the bidders to make sure they understand which direction we are coming from as to type of equipment to be used.  We may not be able to do all the doors, but will give priority to City Hall.  MOTION.  Councilmember Denison moved that the request be granted.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.  Councilmember Denison suggested contacting the contractors who did the doors at the Health District. 


15.       CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - Payment of Rental Fees - Tabled


MOTION.  As no on is here to represent the Chamber of Commerce, Councilmember Reaveley moved that the item be tabled and placed on the next agenda.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.


16.        PHYLLIS COX - Request For Funding For Swimming Pool Lane Lines


Phyllis Cox reported that the Carbon High Swim Team will be hosting the Region 8 Swim Meet in November at the Price City Swimming Pool complex.  She requested that the City consider contributing $1,500 towards the purchase of line lanes.  Our current lane lines are old and in bad shape.  She will approach Carbon High School to match the money that the City puts in.  There are several other needs, but this is the one given top priority.  She does not want the City to have a liability if one of the old ropes should brake.  An accident occurred several years ago when a rope broke and struck an individual slicing his nose and requiring stitches.  Pat Larsen indicated that funds for this were not placed in the budget for this year.  Councilmember McEvoy stated the Acquatics Supervisor felt that this purchase was valid but would stress her budget.  Gary Sonntag stated that there are several capital projects that need to be done.  He suggested going ahead with these projects and then determine if there is any money left over and what can be applied towards the lane lines.  Hopefully there will be enough funds left.  As this appears to be more of a community issue rather than just Price City, Councilmember Tatton recommended contacting the Restaurant Tax Committee for funding.   Mayor Piccolo stated that the City will continue to work on this is as they consider it important. 




Councilmember Wheeler reported that the Price River Water Improvement District is concerned about the Gooseberry project.  We really have to hustle and start writing our Senators.  Mayor Piccolo stated that he received a call from David Brown of the Utah Rivers Council.  Evidently there are several federal lawsuits against property owners in and around Gooseberry that is affecting the project.  People are resisting the sale of their property.


18.        INTERNATIONAL DAYS - Update


Councilmember Denison presented a printout regarding the income and expenditures of  International Days.  He questioned a line item under revenue indicating 0 income under booth rental.  This ties back in with Item #15, where the Chamber of Commerce asked to keep the funds that were generated by the booth rentals.  As he recalls, this was placed on hold to determine the financial status of International Days.  He questioned if this money ever came to the City or whether they kept it.  Pat Larsen stated that she could not find any revenue account where this was deposited.  Councilmember Denison stated he would follow up on this.  The total cost for International Days was $11,900.  Revenues totaled $8,200, plus the $9,000 that the City

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budgeted.  Even without the City=s budget, it was pretty close.  He doesn=t recall what the booth rentals were for last year.  Pat stated that she recalls approximately $2,500.  From all indications it looks like we will have approximately $10,000 to start next years International Days.


19.        PRICE/WELLINGTON CANAL - Update


Councilmember Tatton reported that part of Price City=s contribution to help the canal companies is to clean the weeds in the canal where it goes through Price.  Through these labor efforts, Price City spends more on the canal than any other share holder.


20.        SHADE TREE COMMISSION - Grant Received


Councilmember McEvoy reported that the Shade Tree Commission received a $500 grant.  These funds will be used to plant trees in the area by Wendy=s and to install a drip system.  They also received a $1,000 grant which will go towards education and training of City employees.


21.        WATER SAVING AND TREATMENT PROPOSAL - Meeting Scheduled


Councilmember Tatton reported that a meeting of the Water Saving and Treatment Proposal committee is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2003, at the Public Works Complex.  Kahran Bahrani from the Water Quality Board will be at the meeting.  Gary Sonntag has found that it might be possible to secure some funds for this project through the USDA Rural Utility Service.




Mayor Piccolo reported that he and Claron Bjork from the County health offices visited the abandoned building located on the corner of Carbon Avenue and Main Street to see if anything could be done to prevent the pigeons from entering the building.  It seems Mr. Bjork is a little reluctant to help, but will try to contact the owners of the property to see what can be done.  




Mayor Piccolo reported that he received an update from the City residents who voiced their concerns regarding animal cruelty at a previous meeting.  These residents have reviewed the ordinance and do not want to make any changes at this time, but they do want the existing laws to be enforced to the best of our ability.


MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the meeting adjourn and that the Council Meeting reconvene.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.


Meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

Reconvened at 7:00 p.m.


Meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.








ATTEST:                                                                       Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor





Joanne Lessar, City Recorder