Minutes of The Price City Council Meeting

City Hall: Price, Utah

December 10, 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

     Richard Tatton                        Keith Wight, Human Resource Director

     Don G. Reaveley, Jr.                        Nick Tatton, Community Director

     Jeanne McEvoy                        Kevin Drolc, Police Lieutenant


Excused: Councilmember Stephen L.Denison

                Gary Sonntag, Public Works Director/City Engineer


Others Present:


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


 1.          COUNCILMEMBERS REPORT - Update


              The Mayor and Council presented updates on the activities taking place in their individual



 2.          MINUTES - November 25, 2003, December 3, 2003


              MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the minutes of the November 25, 2003 and

              December 3, 2003 meetings be approved as written.  Motion seconded by Councilmember

              Reaveley and carried.     


 3.         VISIONARY SERVICE LEADER AWARDS - Kyleigh Palmer, Kimberly Fisher


Mayor Piccolo presented Visionary Service Leader Awards for the month of December, 2003, to Kyleigh Palmer and Kimberly Fisher.  Kyleigh and Kimberly were involved in the apprehension of criminals.  Home break-ins were occurring in their neighborhood and they noticed a suspicious looking character and reported it to the Police Dept.  


 4.         LT. KEVIN DROLC - P.O.S.T. Recognition For Completion of Command College Program


Ken Wallentine, Administrative Counsel for P.O.S.T., presented Lt. Kevin Drolc with a Certificate of Completion of the Command College Program.  Lt. Drolc is the 12th person in the entire State of Utah that has completed the year long study course and one week of training.  This training pertains to leadership, risk management, political process, employment law, and issues that administrative personnel deal with.  The goal of the program is to prepare Sergeants and Lieutenants to assume further responsibilities and increase the ability to be professional leaders in carrying out law enforcement values in their agencies.  He enjoyed the opportunity to work with Kevin and stated that he is a very fine law enforcement professional.


  5.       UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - US Highway 6 Environmental Impact Study


Heidi Spoor, HDR Engineering, presented information on the Utah Department of Transportation=s Environmental Impact Study on U.S. Highway 6 between Spanish Fork and Green River.  Scoping meetings were held approximately one year ago and this past year a study was conducted to address safety issues and design deficiencies along the U.S. 6 corridor.   Meetings were held with various entities, such as the Division of Wildlife Services, Bureau of Land Management, Water Resources, and the Central Utah Water Conservation District.  Seven different alternatives were completed to address the issues on U.S. 6.  Of those alternatives, two were carried forward and are being analyzed to determine which best meets the project=s purpose and need.   One of those alternatives is to add passing lanes.  The roadway would vary from two to four lanes throughout the corridor based on the surrounding geography, capacity issues, and other factors.  The other alternative would be to widen the roadway to at least four lanes throughout the corridor.  As a number of collisions involved wildlife, UDOT is studying the effectiveness of implementing 2 big game overpasses, 17 big game underpasses, several miles of game fencing, two wildlife-compatible stream crossings, and 2 predator underpasses.  The installation of medians is also being considered with a 14' wide median proposed from Spanish Fork Canyon to Helper including

a center barrier to minimize head-on collisions, and a 65' median from Helper to Green River

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without barriers.  The three types of barriers being considered between Spanish Fork Canyon and Helper are cable carriers, beam guardrail and concrete.


Another area of concern is the Port of Entry on U.S. 6.  The alternatives selected to improve safety and truck access to the Port of Entry facility are no action, a mobile unit, relocation (implement a virtual transponder with a new Port of Entry south of Helper), mobile unit, or virtual electronic Port of Entry.  The final decision of the above proposals will not be finalized until the winter of 2004.


Mike Miles, Project Engineer, discussed other projects that will take place in the future on Highway 6.  The East Price Interchange will be modified to bring it to current safety standards, as the curve is pretty dangerous.  Several other spots need to be fixed now, such as providing an eastbound passing lane in Price Canyon.  It gets icy and is dangerous.  The bridge south of the Port of Entry will be modified and the bridge near the Sunnyside intersection will be widened.  The Price to Wellington widening is now underway and the Helper Interchange will be taking place by next summer.  An area on top of the canyon between Scofield and White River will be widened as well as going east to the Emma Park road.  That whole section will be widened to the county line.


  6.       KROMPEL SUBDIVISION - Final Approval


Mayor Piccolo reported that he met with Rick Krompel regarding the Council=s desire for a 60' wide entrance into his subdivision located off of Sagewood Road.  Mayor Piccolo presented a blue print of the Krompel Subdivision indicating that Mr. Krompel has agreed to post on the blue print that the entrance to his subdivision will be a A40' wide private driveway@ to service the property behind his development.  The City will have no control or responsibility for this driveway.  As indicated on the blueprint, he as the present owner, and any future owner will be responsible for this private driveway.  Nick Sampinos stated that he has reviewed and approved the blueprint indicating the private drive.  MOTION.  Councilmember McEvoy moved that the Krompel Subdivision be given final approval with the plat indicating a private drive.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.     


 7.         CARBON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - Fiscal Agent Agreement


Mayor Piccolo presented an agreement with the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce that establishes Price City as the Fiscal Agent for the Chamber.  This agreement supports the recommendation that was discussed at a previous meeting.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the agreement be approved and that the Mayor be authorized to execute the document.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


 8.                RESOLUTION #2003-26 - Supporting The Use of Reclaimed Wastewater To Supplement Price City=s Water Supplies and For Limited Secondary Use


Councilmember Tatton presented Resolution #2003-26, supporting the use of reclaimed wastewater to supplement Price City=s water supplies and for limited secondary uses.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that Resolution #2003-26 be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the resolution.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


 9.         WATER TRANSMISSION PIPELINE REPLACEMENT, #25S-2000 - Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc. -

Change Order #1, Final Payment #32


Councilmember Wheeler presented Change Order #1 to the contract with Hansen, Allen and Luce Engineering for the Water Transmission Pipeline Replacement.  The change order reduces the contract $6,940.27 for a reduction in the required work in the base project and adds an additional $25,385.65 for work beyond the base project to design, manage and inspect the Helper Interchange Connections, which results in an increase totaling $18,445.38.  Also submitted is a request for a final payment in the amount of $595.12.  MOTION.  Councilmember Wheeler moved that the change order and final payment be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.


10.        2004 MEETING SCHEDULE - City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission


Mayor Piccolo presented the following meeting schedule for 2004 for the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Planning and Zoning                                    Council

January 12                                                January 14

January 26                                                January 28

February 9                                                February 11

February 23                                                February 25

March 8                                                            March 10

March 22                                                March 24

April 12                                                            April 13

April 26                                                            April 28

May 10                                                            May 12

May 24                                                            May 26

June 7                                                            June 9

June 21                                                            June 23

July 12                                                            July 14

July 26                                                            July 28

August 9                                                August 11

August 23                                                August             25

September  7                                                September 8

September 20                                                September 22

October 12                                                October 13

October 25                                                October 27

November 8                                                November 10

November 22                                                November 23

December 13                                                December 15


MOTION.  Councilmember Wheeler moved that the meeting schedule be approved.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.


11.        RESOLUTION #2003-27 - Condemnation of Robert L. Miller Property/800 North Meads Wash


Nick Sampinos presented Resolution #2003-27, authorizing the acquisition of real property by negotiation or by condemnation of the Robert L. Miller property located at 800 North Meads Wash.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that Resolution #2003-27be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the resolution.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.


12.                 RESOLUTION #2003-28 - Condemnation of Robert L. Miller Property/350 South From 400 West To State Highway 6


Nick Sampinos presented Resolution #2003-28, authorizing the acquisition of real property by negotiation or by condemnation of the Robert L. Miller property located at 350 South from 400 West to State Highway 6.  MOTION.  Councilmember Reaveley moved that Resolution #2003-28 be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to sign the resolution.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Tatton and carried.




Joanne Lessar reported that Questar Gas contacted Gary Sonntag and made a request for a pipeline easement that fronts City property to service three homes at approximately 799 South Fairgrounds Road.  Gary has researched this and found that the placement of a new gas line in this easement would allow a new gas service and relocate two existing services, reducing the impact on City property.  It will be approximately 16' by 165'.  MOTION.  Councilmember Wheeler moved that the easement be approved and that the Mayor and City Recorder be authorized to execute the documents.  Motion seconded by Councilmember McEvoy and carried.




Mayor Piccolo reported that Gary Sonntag has submitted two applications to the State of Utah for Transportation Enhancement funding for the Year 2004, which will be an 80/20 match.  One of the applications is for the US6/SR55 Highway Interchange Landscaping project totaling $458,850.90.  The second is the US6 to SR55 Bicycle Pedestrian Pathway Project totaling $647,387.00.  Carbon County has agreed to participate in the City=s match.



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Pat Larsen reported that in the past, Councilmembers could choose either the City=s insurance coverage or a like investment in an annuity.  The company that carried those annuities is no longer accepting new accounts.  Utah State Retirement will not allow more than 100% of wages to be placed either in a 401K or a 457.  The Council=s current wages are $300/month plus $100 for mileage.  The insurance amount is $729.00/month.  As an alternative, she recommended that  $400 be placed into a 457 and the balance of $329 into a 401K on their behalf.  She would like this to become effective January 1, 2004.  The Council concurred with Mrs. Larsen=s recommendations.


16.        DANA YOUNG - Additional Compensation - Tabled


Keith Wight reported that while he was ill and missing work, Dana Young handled the additional duties.  She worked a lot of overtime to keep things going.  He recommended that she receive an additional $300 compensation.  MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the item be tabled and that further documentation be provided.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Wheeler and carried.


17.        RESOLUTION - Deletion of Reimbursement for Unused Sick Leave - Struck


18.        PRICE/WELLINGTON CANAL - Update


Mayor Piccolo reported that he had a visit from officers of the Price/Wellington Canal Company.  A rumor was started that Price City was seeking to utilize more of the beneficial use of primary water.  To the best of his knowledge, Price City does not have any plans to utilize more water out of the Price Canal.  He did talk with Mark Page, State Water Engineer, regarding the possibility of placing pumps along the canal in the City limits to utilize some of Price City=s water in the event there is a water shortage.  Mr. Page thought this might be a good idea.


MOTION.  Councilmember Tatton moved that the meeting adjourn and that a meeting of the Redevelopment Agency convene.  Motion seconded by Councilmember Reaveley and carried.


Meeting adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

Reconvened at 7:30 p.m.


Meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.







ATTEST:                                                           Joe L. Piccolo, Mayor





Joanne Lessar, City Recorder