November 18, 1997, 7:00 a.m.
Mayor Lou Colosimo
Councilmembers: Roy A. Nikas, Betty P. Wheeler, Joe L. Piccolo, Steve Bringhurst, Stephen L. Denison
Vernon W. Jones (Adminis. Ass't.), Joanne Lessar (City Recorder), Pat Larsen (Finance Director), Aleck Shilaos (Chief of Police)
1. WORK SESSION
The Council met to discuss economic development within Price City limits. Councilmember Bringhurst presented a brochure prepared by Cedar City detailing their objective and goals and the steps they have taken to encourage development within their city.
The Council discussed what type of packages Price City can offer as an incentive to developers and what the City can and cannot afford to do. The Council agreed that the City needs more land, that an industrial park is a good idea, and that we should look at annexations. Up to this point, what growth the City has experienced has been from existing businesses.
Councilmember Piccolo stated that he has heard of businesses in Salt Lake being uprooted because of the freeway expansion. He felt that Michelle Lea, Carbon County Future, should work on the possibility of relocating these businesses to Price City and Carbon County. Existing businesses should be educated on what the City has to offer, such as funding through the Redevelopment Agency. These funds are primarily for those who are here and in business already. Michelle Lea needs to work on bringing in new business and perhaps someone from the City needs to work with Michelle. It was suggested that a list be prepared as to what property is available for development in the County as well as the City.
Councilmember Wheeler felt it is important for the City to be involved with the Travel Council. There should be an adhoc person from the Council on that committee as well as on the committee for the motels and restaurants.
Councilmember Bringhurst suggested swapping land for an industrial park. Mayor Colosimo stated that no one is interested in city-owned property in Wellington or Miller Creek. Councilmember Nikas felt that an area on Airport Road could be used as an industrial area, but you will need to convince the property owners. He feels this area is prime commercial development property, especially for manufacturing. Councilmember Denison suggested instead of buying land, that the City try to swap first.
The Council discussed the area near the new cemetery. Councilmember Piccolo suggested cleaning up Olsen Reservoir. There are approximately 10 lots that could be sold for homes. Councilmember Nikas recommended that the City prepare a list of things that they can and cannot do and what they have to offer. The Council needs to determine what they are willing to do.
Some of the other items discussed were:
Building permit fees
Electrical connections, trunk lines, rates
Existing business expansion
Curb, Gutter, Sidewalk Improvements
Special utility rates, vacant land
Sewer connections, trunk lines, manholes
Street paving, collector streets
Water connections, trunk lines, pump stations
Public relations, newsletter, signs, welcome packet
The Council scheduled another special meeting on December 3rd, 7:00 a.m., City Hall, to continue discussion on economic development.
Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.