Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting
City Hall: Price, Utah
October 25, 2000, 5:30 p.m.
Councilmembers: Joanne Lessar, City Recorder
Roy A. Nikas Pat Larsen, Finance Director
Joe L. Piccolo Nick Sampinos, City Attorney
Stephen L. Denison Keith Wight, Human Resource Director
Richard Tatton Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police
Excused: Mayor Lou Colosimo
Councilmember Betty P. Wheeler
Vern Jones, Community Administrator
Jeanie Willson Karen Goodrich Isaac Goodrich
Delynn Fielding Ed Shook Roger Metzger
Councilmember Roy A. Nikas led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above members present.
1. MAYOR PROTEMPORE - Roy A. Nikas
MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that in the absence of Mayor Colosimo, that Councilmember Roy A. Nikas be appointed Mayor Protempore. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
2. MINUTES - October 11, 2000
The following change was made to the minutes of October 11, 2000
Item #6, Line 2 - delete
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that per the above change that the minutes be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
3. E. CLAMPUS VITUS - Request For Contribution - Denied
Roger Metzger, representing E. Clampus Vitus, requested a contribution for the Sub-For Santa program. He presented information on their organization and what they have contributed to the community in the past 15 years, such as providing Christmas dinners, trees, gifts, etc. Families needing assistance are chosen through the Light House. Mayor Protem Nikas stated that the Price City Volunteer Fire Department is heavily involved in the Sub-For-Santa program. The Council felt uncomfortable using General Fund money for this purpose. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that this request be denied and that it be referred to the Volunteer Fire Department for consideration. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
4. ISAAC GOODRICH - Report On Eagle Scout Project
Isaac Goodrich reported that as an Eagle Scout project, he chose to paint curb sides and fire hydrants within Price City limits. He presented a printout of the locations painted, which included 550' of curb and approximately 55 fire hydrants. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that Gary Sonntag be directed to write a letter to Isaac in recognition of the work he has done. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
5. RESOLUTION #2000-21 - Enterprise Zone
Delynn Fielding, Carbon Economic Development, presented a resolution approving submission of an application to the State of Utah, designating commercial and industrial zones within Price City as Utah Enterprise Zones. Nick Sampinos stated that he has reviewed the resolution and recommended a few changes. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that Resolution #2000-21 be adopted subject to the changes recommended by Mr. Sampinos and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the resolution. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
6. CARBON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY - Rental Fees Waived For Civic Auditorium
Mayor Protem Nikas presented a letter from the Carbon County Humane Society requesting that rental fees and manpower costs be waived for the Civic Auditorium for a ballet performance, of which all proceeds will be given to the Humane Society. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that with the exception of manpower costs (hard costs), that rental fees be waived. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
7. M. WILLSON CUSTOM CONCRETE, INC. - Home Occupied Business Approved
Councilmember Piccolo reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to Matt Willson to operate a handyman service from his home located at 1317 Parkway. Mr. Willson is in the process of obtaining his contractors license. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the business be approved upon payment of the business license fee. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
8. ROAD CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING SERVICES - Committee Report
Gary Sonntag reported that the committee appointed to review the statement of qualifications on the Road Construction Engineering Services selected Sunrise Engineering for the Main Street Reconstruction project, Phase II and JUB Engineering for other road projects.
9. 300 NORTH MEADS WASH PROJECT #9; - Permission To Negotiate With JUB Engineering
Gary Sonntag reported that the City received a CDBG planning grant in the amount of $25,000 to complete design work on the 300 North Meads Wash project, which consists of widening the road, extending the large drainage culvert, providing erosion protection, and installing street lights, curb, gutter and sidewalk. He requested permission to negotiate a contract with JUB Engineering to provide engineering services. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
10. PRICE MAIN STREET ROAD RECONSTRUCTION PHASE II - Permission To Negotiate With
Gary Sonntag reported that the City has received a Federal grant in the amount of $920,000 for the design and reconstruction of Main Street from Carbon Avenue to 300 East. He requested permission to negotiate a contract with Sunrise Engineering to provide the engineering and construction management services. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
11. NORTHRIDGE HOMES (SERFINO NICK DEVELOPMENT) - Partial Release of Development
Gary Sonntag reported that Northridge Homes has completed the required street improvements in front of the Serfino Nick development at 525 South Nick Lane. They are eligible for a partial release of the Development Improvement Agreement in the amount of $4,719.00. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the partial release be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
12. 600 WEST 350 SOUTH AND MEADS WASH DRAINAGE PROJECTS - Permission To
Negotiate with JUB Engineering
Gary Sonntag reported that the City budgeted $150,000 to extend a culvert to the Price River from 400 West, 500 West and 600 West. In addition, $100,000 was budgeted to stabilize the embankment of Meads Wash from 700 North adjacent to Cedar Hills Drive. He requested permission to negotiate a contract with JUB Engineering to provide engineering services. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
13. WATER TRANSMISSION PIPELINE REPLACEMENT, #25S-2000 - Engineering Services -
Gary Sonntag reported that four engineering firms have submitted Statements of Qualifications to provide engineering services for the replacement of the water pipeline from the Water Treatment Plant to the 10 Million Gallon Water Tank. He requested that a committee be formed to review the SOQ
14. BICYCLE PARK ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES - Committee Report
Gary Sonntag reported that several weeks ago, a group of young people requested that Price City consider building a bicycle park. As a follow up to that request, City staff met on three occasions with a group of approximately 30 kids. After reviewing five different sites, it was the decision of this group to establish the bicycle park at the North Baseball Complex north of the Little League field in a vacant lot. This site was selected because of the services that were available, such as restrooms, parking lot, water, and in an area that is frequently patrolled. However, this site was selected temporarily to see if it would work, realizing that the development of any other site would prove to be much more expensive. Currently there are not any funds budgeted for the construction of any permanent structures. Gary requested permission to negotiate for architectural services to design the bicycle features and park site and that the funds for this be taken out of the line item of Professional Services in the Engineering Dept . Councilmember Piccolo stated that there have been concerns raised by at least 3 citizens wondering why everything is being built in north Price. Councilmember Tatton stated that the committee looked at 6th East and 4th South and 6th South and 2nd West. These areas are a little remote and hard to patrol. In addition, when a facility is provided, such as this, you also have to provide restrooms facilities, which adds a substantial cost. This is why the area to the north was more popular because of proximity to the facilities around the ball fields. Olsen Reservoir was also considered, but due to the proximity to the neighborhoods and lack of facilities, this was more negative. An area behind the water tanks north of the old Pony League field was also considered. This area is more isolated and looks hazardous. Mayor Protem Nikas questioned if the area on 4th South around the South Ball Field was considered, as restroom facilities are located in that vicinity? Councilmember Tatton stated that it had. One of the parents at this meeting expressed a concern of the proximity of the railroad, as the kids would have a tendency to play on the tracks. Gary Sonntag stated perhaps more support facilities should be built in south Price. He suggested taking half or a third of South Park or Rose Park and turn them into a bicycle park. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that authorization be given to negotiate for architectural services and that Gary be directed to look into the possibility of building the bicycle park either at South Park or Rose Park and determine what expenses might be incurred, how the park would be inhibited, and what would have to be given up by certain people visiting the park. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
15. 300 SOUTH FROM SR55 TO 1600 EAST - Confirmation of Property Transfer
Gary Sonntag reported that some time ago, it was recommended that the City acquire 300 South Street from SR55 to 1600 East, in an effort to better manage the road. He requested permission to pursue this issue. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
16. PRICE RIVER WATER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT - Update
Councilmember Denison reported that work is continuing on the ammonia project at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Final inspection was completed on the Ridge Road waterline and everything passed. The District has not yet made a connection to the line at this time. A section of the line is being retested and after that is completed, plans are to contact everyone along the line that may need to upgrade. The District is in the process of preparing their budget for next year. A budget meeting will be held within the next two weeks, and as it begins, he will share information with the Council.
17. HIRING OF ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER FIREMEN - Approved
Keith Wight reported that it will be necessary to hire two Volunteer Firemen, due to the resignation of two employees. When interviews were conducted earlier this year, a list was prepared of those that might be eligible for future employment. He requested permission to select two from that list, one being Ronald Stefanoff. MOTION. Councilmember Dension moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
18. EXECUTIVE SESSION - Personnel Issue - Struck
Counsel advised that discussion of the personnel issue is premature at this time, therefore, the Executive Session was struck.
19. CONTRIBUTIONS AND FEE WAIVER - Direction To Prepare Resolution
Nick Sampinos presented the amended forms for contributions and fee waivers. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the forms be accepted and that staff be directed to prepare a resolution to adopt them. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
20. FLEXIBLE BENEFITS (125) PLAN - Committee Report
Keith Wight reported that the committee assigned to review the Flexible Benefit (125) Plan has looked at two different plans - the one with Utah Local Governments Trust and the FCF Program. The Flexible Benefit Plan allows employees to pay for certain things before taxes, such as medical and dental premiums, prescriptions, vision care, co-pay, etc. The Trust plan requires 1/6 of all monies going into the 125 plan upfront. The costs for the FCF Plan is $4.00/person per month and a one time set up of $250. It was the recommendation of the committee to select the FCF Program. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that Mr. Wight be authorized to proceed with the FCF Flexible Benefit Plan to become effective January 1, 2001. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the meeting adjourn and that a meeting of the Redevelopment Agency convene. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
Meeting adjourned at 6:38 p.m.
Reconvened at 6:48 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.
ATTEST: Roy A. Nikas, Mayor Protempore
Joanne Lessar, City Recorder