Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting
City Hall: Price, Utah
November 14, 2001, 5:30 p.m.
Mayor Lou Colosimo Joanne Lessar, City Recorder
Councilmembers: Pat Larsen, Finance Director
Betty P. Wheeler Nick Sampinos, City Attorney
Joe L. Piccolo Gary Sonntag, PWD/City Engineer
Stephen L. Denison Keith Wight, Human Resource Director
Richard Tatton Aleck Shilaos, Chief of Police
Excused: Councilmember Roy A. Nikas
Madelyn Peterson Ron Watt Dawrin Jensen Ken Harney
Ken Lason Kent Olsen Bean Morley Meema Hekmat
Cheryl Ek Liz Kourianos John Alger
Mayor Colosimo led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called with the above members present.
1. MINUTES - October 17, 2001
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the minutes of the October 17, 2001 meeting be approved as written. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
2. MINUTES - October 24, 2001
The following changes/additions were made to the minutes of October 24, 2001
Item #2, Paragraph 1, Line 5 - Add “examples of” before items that qualify for funding.
Item #2, Paragraph 2, Line 3 - Change 1600 South to 1600 East and add “apartments” after Castle Country.
Item #2, Paragraph 2, Line 4 and 5 - Delete “from the Jensen Motel to Splash of Color going east”.
Item #2, Paragraph 2, Line 7 and 8 - Change south side of 1600 East to west side; change corner of 300 East to 300 South and 1600 South to 1600 East.
Item #2, Paragraph 2, Line 9 - Add (north side) after east end.
Item #2, Paragraph 3, Line 2 - Change protective barriers to architectural barriers.
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that with the above changes/additions, that the minutes be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
3. MINUTES - October 31, 2001
MOTION. Councilmember Picclo moved that the minutes of the October 31, 2001 meeting be approved as written. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
4. PRESENTATION OF PRICE CITY HISTORY BOOK - Ron Watt
Ron Watt, author of the Price City History Book, presented the Mayor and Councilmembers with a copy of the history book. He thanked the Council, City staff, and committee members for their support in writing the book. Mr. Watt stated that Richard Firmage, the copy editor and designer, made the book look great. Mr. Watt requested that the Council consider paying Mr. Firmage an additional $750 as he did a lot of extra work. Councilmember Wheeler stated that she would like to review this request further.
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the history books be sold to the pubic for $18 each and $15 to the museums and other agencies with a suggested retail price of $18. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
5. PUBLISHERS PRESS - Price City History Book - Final Payment
Joanne Lessar presented a request for a final payment in the amount of $9,153.68 submitted by Publishers Press for printing of the Price City History Book. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler
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moved that the payment be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
Mayor Colosimo welcomed the following members of the Boy Scouts; Brad Austin and Ken Olsen, Troop 297; and Bean Morley and Meema Hekmat, Troop 281.
6. NORTH PRICE 2000 ANNEXATION - Annexation Petition Flawed/Rejected, Opposition By Carbon County Sheriff’s Posse
Joel Frandsen, representing the Carbon County Sheriff’s Posse, spoke against the proposal to annex the north end of Price. The Sheriff’s Posse, which is an incorporated non-profit organization in the State of Utah, has property which is within the proposed annexation. They feel if this area is annexed, they will not be able to continue to keep their horses on their property. The college also has property in this area and they propose to eventually build a gun range. Councilmember Denison asked if there was a way to ensure that the animal rights and the rights of the Sheriff’s Posse would remain, if their group would still oppose the annexation. Mr. Frandsen stated that the group would have to meet to discuss this. Councilmember Denison recommended setting an area aside for an equestrian park where people could ride their horses and which could be designated for trail heads that go into the canyons. This would enhance what the Sheriff’s Posse currently has.
Nick Sampinos reported that the annexation petition is flawed. When the original petition was filed, it was not known that the Sheriff’s Posse, which is a private entity, owned a portion of the property. The State Statute requires that private entities are required to be a part of the annexation petition if the intent is to annex into the City. The Sheriff’s Posse did not sign the petition, therefore, the current petition is flawed and should be rejected. It was also noted that another property owner was also not included in the petition. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the annexation petition be rejected per the above reasons. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried. The Council directed that Nick Sampinos notify the petitioners of the annexation request.
MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the annexation process be reinitiated and that a meeting be held with the private property owners to reconcile their concerns. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried with the following vote.
Councilmember Wheeler - “Aye”
Councilmember Piccolo - “Aye”
Councilmember Denison - “Aye”
Councilmember Tatton - “Naye”
Mayor Colosimo welcomed Elizabeth Harvey Kourianos, who was recently elected to the Price City Council. Also welcomed was Ken Larson, the new publisher for the Sun Advocate.
7. CASTLE COUNTRY TRAVEL COUNCIL - Contribution of Wave Pool Passes
Joanne Lessar reported that Kathy Hanna Smith, Castle Country Travel Council, has requested that the Council consider contributing wave pool passes to the Carbon School District to be included in incentive packets that will be mailed to prospective teachers. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the request be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
8. VISTA PROGRAM (ANGEL TREE PROJECT) - Permission To Operate On Price City Web Site
Cheryl Ek, a volunteer from the Vista Program for the United Way, reported that an Angel Tree project, which is a “sub for santa” program, is being conducted by the United Way. It is a coordinated community wide effort and is the first ever Angel Tree project. People can go online at a web site, walk through the process of a question and answer page, review the needs of the children and senior citizens, and adopt an “angel”. They can e-mail their response to the United Way, shop online and ship the presents to the United Way. Special codes will be given to correspond to the child and their sponsor. As United Way currently does not have a website, she requested that the Council consider placing a button on the Price City website so that prospective adoptees can visit the Angel Tree site. It would not interfere with Price City’s web page. They would include Price City as a sponsor of the Angel Tree project.
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MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the request be approved if the City’s Information Systems Director determines that this is possible. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
9. PRICE RIVER PARKWAY - Madelyn Peterson Appointed As Spokesperson
Madelyn Peterson discussed the expansion of the Price River Parkway. She referred to other states and areas within the State of Utah that have built such areas for walking, biking, jogging, etc. She has talked to business owners along the river and they indicated they would be happy to participate in the construction of a parkway. She feels it would be a good tourist attraction. Gary Sonntag stated that a master plan was recently completed. The next step would be to identify the costs of the improvements and search for funds. Nothing has been budgeted for this year. Ms. Peterson stated that she would be willing to act as a spokesperson for this project. Councilmember Piccolo suggested that Ms. Peterson contact the Castle Country Travel Council regarding a meeting scheduled in Green River to discuss walkways and the opportunities and avenues that are available through the State.
10. COLLEGE OF EASTERN UTAH - Support For Expansion
Councilmember Tatton reported that the College of Eastern Utah would like to expand their museum and dinosaur operation to include a bone lab and classrooms. The possibility of purchasing the old WalMart building for this use has been discussed. They are requesting participation and support from Price City to apply for grants to purchase the building. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that Price City participate and support in the grant application. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
11. LIBRARY - Permission To Apply For FCC Universal Service Grant
Councilmemember Wheeler reported that the Price City Library has requested permission to apply for a FCC Universal Service Grant. This grant pays a portion of the internet fees and is based on the area’s poverty level, the number of free school lunches, etc. In the past, the library has received $355.00/month. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
12. STATE OF UTAH, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Acceptance of Public Library Development Grant
MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the Price City Library accept a Public Library Development Grant in the amount of $6,102. from the State of Utah, Department of Community and Economic Development and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to execute the agreement. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
13. LIBRARY SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR - Use of City Hall
Councilmember Wheeler reported that the Librarian has requested permission to use the City Hall downstairs hallway to conduct a scholastic book fair December 3-6, 2001. The fair is being sponsored by the library. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
14. GENERATOR SYSTEM - Committee Appointed
Councilmember Denison reported that engineering proposals have been received for a generator system for the City. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that a committee, comprised of Councilmembers Nikas and Piccolo, Gary Sonntag, Ken Harney, Aleck Shilaos, and Brian Allred, review the proposals and report back to the Council. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
15. REORGANIZATION OF UTILITY DEPARTMENT - Committee Appointed
MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that a committee, comprised of himself, Councilmember Tatton, Gary Sonntag, Sam White, Pat Larsen, Ken Harney, Keith Wight, and Shari Madrid, evaluate the Utility Department and make a recommendation to the Council.
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Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
16. GREEK STREAK RESTAURANT- Request For Water Credit Denied
Ken Harney reported that Loretta and Ernest Trejo, owners of the Greek Streak Restaurant, 30 West 100 South, are requesting assistance on their water bill. A swamp cooler and an ice maker were both leaking, which created a large water bill. The owner has repaired the leaks and their usage is now back to normal. The City has applied a credit in the amount of $200, but there is still a balance of $350.79. Past policies of similar problems resulted in denials. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the request be denied and that the amount owed be spread over a period of several months. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
17. BEARIES ON A VINE, MITCHELL’S FUNERAL HOME - Conditional Use Permits
Councilmember Piccolo reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to the following requests for Conditional Use Permits.
Bearies On A Vine - 70 West Main, Tami Campbell-Owner (Scrapbooking Products)
Mitchell’s Funeral Home - 233 East Main (Sign)
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the requests be approved and that Conditional Use Permits be issued. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
18. TRAILS END RESIDENTIAL, RISE INC. - Conditional Use Permit - Struck
19. DENNIS CHRISTENSEN - Travel Approved
Mayor Colosimo presented the following travel request:
Dennis Christensen - Less Than Lethal Instructor Certification Training, November 16-28, Fairfield, Utah
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the travel be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
20. ROBERT BENNETT - Travel Approved
Mayor Colosimo presented the following travel request:
Robert Bennett - Utah Chapter of ICBO and Salt Lake Chapter AIA, November 27-29, Sandy, Utah
MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the travel be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
21. ERIC HOWARD, RICK PARRY, JESSE ALEXANDER, KENT JONES - Travel Approved
Mayor Colosimo presented the following travel requests:
Eric Howard, Rick Parry, Jesse Alexander, Kent Jones - Utah Green Conference, January 23-25, 2002, Sandy, Utah
MOTION. Councilmemberr Tatton moved that the travel be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
22. GIFT CERTIFICATES - Approved
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that Christmas gift certificates be approved in the following increments. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
Full Time Employees - $50
Part Time Employees - $30
Boardmembers - $20
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23. COLLEGE OF EASTERN UTAH - Proposed Agreement For Use of Baseball Field
Nick Sampinos presented a draft of a proposed agreement between the College of Eastern Utah
and Price City concerning the ongoing use of the CEU Baseball field by CEU. This has been discussed between Mayor Colosimo, Vern Jones and Dave Paur. Mr. Paur provided him with a list of things that the college has done over the years. The college basically wants an agreement so that a long a term as possible can be established. They are concerned that there may be other designs for the use of that field. The Council discussed the contract and changes and deletions that should be made. It was recommended that the contract term be either three or four years with language that it continue automatically unless terminated by either party. Councilmember Tatton suggested placing language in the agreement so that CEU will coordinate with other agencies for the use of the field. He referred to a recent problem with Babe Ruth. Nick Sampinos recommended that he make the suggested changes to the present draft, that Draft #2 be presented to Gary Sonntag and that it be reviewed with the college representative and the Parks Department, and that any additional concerns be worked out and that it be brought back to the Council for the final agreement. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the recommendation of Mr. Sampinos be approved. Motion seconded by ‘Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
24. PRICE MAIN STREET RECONSTRUCTION - Sunrise Engineering, Inc. - Partial Payment
Gary Sonntag presented a request for a partial payment in the amount of $23,089.06 submitted by Sunrise Engineering for their contract on the Price Main Street Reconstruction. This will be paid by the Utah Department of Transportation. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the payment be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
25. FOUR CORNERS MENTAL HEALTH, CLUB HOUSE AND CASE MANAGEMENT BUILDING - Development Improvement Agreement
Gary Sonntag reported that Four Corners Mental Health has submitted a Development Improvement Agreement for the construction of a club house and case management building at 77 South 600 East. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the Development Improvement Agreement be accepted and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to execute the documents. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
26. MCDONALD’S RESTAURANT - Release of Development Improvement Agreement
Gary Sonntag reported that McDonald’s Restaurant at 409 East Main Street has been substantially completed for over a year and is eligible for a final release of the Development Improvement Agreement. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the Development Improvement Agreement be released. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
27. WATER TRANSMISSION PIPELINE REPLACEMENT, #20C-2001 - Permission To Advertise For Bids
Gary Sonntag requested permission to advertise for construction bids for the Water Transmission Pipeline Replacement with a bid opening set for January 9, 2002. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the request be granted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
28. WATER TRANSMISSION PIPELINE DESIGN, #25S-2000 - Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc. - Partial Payment
Gary Sonntag presented a request for a partial payment in the amount of $112,531.84 submitted by Hansen, Allen Luce, Inc., for their contract on the Water Transmission Pipeline Design. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the payment be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
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29. 200 WEST STREET PAVEMENT CONSTRUCTION (100 NORTH TO 175 NORTH) - Contract Awarded
Gary Sonntag reported that two quotations were received for asphalt pavement of 200 West Street from 100 North to 175 North. The quotation from Henrie Constructoin was $45/ton and $39/ton from Nielson Construction. He recommended Nielson Construction. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that Nielson Construction be awarded the contract. Motion
seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
30. WATER/SEWER DEPARTMENT COMPACTION EQUIPMENT - Review of Quotations - Tabled
Gary Sonntag reported that two quotations were received for the purchase of jumping jack style compaction equipment for the Water/Sewer Department. The quotation from Ross Equipment (MBW Brand) was $2,275 and the quotation from A-1 Rental (Wacker Brand) was $2,763.47. He recommended A-1 Rental due to the availability of parts, local service, and no shipping costs. It is also a heavier machine. MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the item be tabled. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
31. WATER TREATMENT PLANT - Permission To Purchase Intake Flow Control Valve
Gary Sonntag reported that in order to provide greater control of water flow into the Water Treatment Plant, an Inlet Flow Control Valve will be installed. This is a specialized piece of equipment. A quotation has been received from Water Works Equipment Company in the amount of $13,602.40. The amount budgeted was $15,000. Staff is recommending that this item be purchased through Water Works Equipment as this is the only company with the right equipment and capability to complete the needed work. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the purchase be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
32. CANVAS OF GENERAL ELECTION - November 6, 2001
The Council acted as the Board of Canvassers for the November 6, 2001 General Election. Joanne Lessar reported that two absentee ballots were still out but that after today they cannot be counted. The election results as compiled by the Carbon County Recorders office is complete. She certified and verified the counts as follows. There was one write-in ballot for James Kulow as Mayor, which cannot be counted as he didn’t register as a write-in candidate.
Candidates Name Term and Office Total Votes
Roy A. Nikas Mayor - 4 Years 1,007
Joe L. Piccolo Mayor - 4 Years 1,117
Eric Paul Allred Councilmember - 4 Years 869
Joe Christman Councilmember - 4 Years 792
Elizabeth H. Kourianos Councilmember - 4 Years 1,228
Betty P. Wheeler Councilmember - 4 Years 1,051
MOTION. Councilmember Tatton moved that the election results be accepted. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
33. PURCHASING POLICY AND STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES
Pat Larsen presented a policy on purchasing and standard operating procedures. The strike through in red is what has been deleted and the underlined red is the new changes. She asked that the Council review the policy so that it can be adopted and the changes implemented.
34. CAPITALIZED ASSET POLICY
Pat Larsen presented a policy on capitalized assets. One item has been changed to reflect that the assets should be brought up to date on a semi-annual basis. The new policy will delete items costing less than $5,000. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the policy be approved and that Mr. Sampinos be directed to prepare a resolution for the next meeting. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
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35. DREW MILLER- New Hire Approved
BRIANNA ASHBY - Rehire Approved
Keith Wight presented the following new hire and rehire:
Drew Miller, New Hire - Swimming Pool, Lifeguard, Perm/PT, effective 11-16-01
Brianna Ashby, Rehire - Swimming Pool, Lifeguard, Perm/PT, effective 11-16-01
MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the new hire and rehire be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Piccolo and carried.
36. CHRIS BARNETT - New Hire Approved
Keith Wight recommended the hiring of Chris Barnett as Buildings/Grounds Facilities Specialist, Perm/FT, effective 11-19-01. MOTION. Councilmember Wheeler moved that the new hire be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried. It was noted that Chris Barnett is a son of employee Roy Barnett.
37. RICHARD BOYDEN, TRACY ALLRED, KEVIN MELE, SHANE HENRIE, DENNIS CHRISTENSEN - Promotions/Reclassifications
Keith Wight reported that in the budget for FY20001/2002, Police Officers Richard Boyden, Tracy Allred, Kevin Mele, Shane Henrie, and Dennis Christensen, were to be promoted and reclassified to a Grade 14 effective 1-1-2002. MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that the promotions/reclassifications be approved. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
38. ERIC HOWARD - Promotion/Reclassification - Tabled
Keith Wight reported that due to the termination of an employee in the Cemetery Department, applications were received and reviewed to replace that position. He and Lyle Bauer reviewed the applications and are recommending that Eric Howard be promoted and reclassified to that position. MOTION. Councilmemberr Tatton moved that the item be tabled. Motion seconded by Councilmember Denison and carried.
39. CEMETERY DEPARTMENT LABORER, PERM/FT - Permission To Advertise - Tabled
MOTION. Councilmember Piccolo moved that this item be tabled. Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.
40. RESOLUTION - Policy On Time Clocks, Tardiness, Absences and Breaks - Tabled
MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the item be tabled. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
41. PRICE RIVER WATER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT - Back Payment For Market Express/Car Wash Facility
Councilmember Denison presented an invoice in the amount of $3,100 submitted by the Price River Improvement District for payment of the difference in the back pay for the sewer billing for the Market Express/Car Wash Facility. MOTION. Councilmember Denison moved that the invoice be paid. Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.
42. PRICE RIVER WATER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT - Special Service District Meeting
Councilmember Denison reported that he recently attended a Special Service District Meeting with Price River Water Improvement District. He received a lot of good information that will help both Price City and PRWID. Phil Palmer, PRWID Manager, has been appointed Second Vice President to the State Agency of The Special Service District. In addition, PRWID approved a water facilities agreement where PRWID has taken over the South Price Water Company which ranges from Kilfoyle Krafts to the Four Mile Hill.
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43. WIX PLAZA - Update
Nick Sampinos reported that he met with Michael Harrison, Richard Morley’s attorney, regarding Wix Plaza. He presented the Council with a letter received from Mr. Harrison. Mr. Morley is asking for reconsideration or several alternatives regarding the parking issue. Mr. Morley is asking that the City consider selling to him the parking spaces south of the electric transformer station. The other alternative is to consider making the parking lot public, of which it already is. Mr. Sampinos explained to Mr. Harrison that the City had decided that it needed the additional
space. Mr. Harrison brought up the issue that Mr. Morley is presently parking behind his building, which is not allowed under the current easement language. However, the City has a row of parking spaces in the same easement. Nick felt that perhaps the language could be
worked out where perhaps both the City and Mr. Morley could deed back and forth to each other the right to use that easement for parking purposes. Nick asked the Council to review Mr. Harrison’s letter and that it be discussed at the next meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 7:39 p.m.
ATTEST: Lou Colosimo, Mayor
Joanne Lessar, City Recorder