Price council annexes county property, continues city's development efforts
During Price's Nov. 8 council meeting, officials voted unanimously to annex unincorporated county property to the east and north of current city boundaries.
The approved annexation would expand the city from the current boundaries east to 1900 East and north to include the Toy Atwood baseball complex.
Initially, the Carbon County Sheriff's Posse had concerns about the annexation.
Stan Martineau and Henning Olsen conveyed the posse's concerns to the council.
The concerns stemmed from the fact that the posse members' horses are kept on land that will be annexed into the city.
During a public hearing conducted to discuss the annexation, Price councilmembers assured the posse members that the city has no plans to make the group move the horses.
The council instead stated that the city intends to include the sheriff's posse in the planning and zoning processes in the area.
Under the annexation agreement, Price city assured the posse that there will be no changes made to the group's sewer or garbage service.
"We want you to spearhead the equestrian effort on the north side of the newly annex property," said Price Mayor Joe Piccolo.
With no further public comment, Councilmember Jeff Nielson moved to approve the incorporation of the property commonly identified as the "east Price annexation" into the municipal boundaries of Price city.
The councilmember further motioned that no changes be made to the utility arrangement currently in existence for the property owned by the Carbon County Sheriff's Posse.
The motion included no requirements for replacement of the current septic system with connection to the Price city sewer system and no requirements for additional garbage service.
Nielson's motion was carried unanimously by a Price City Council vote.
The annexation comes as part of a continuing effort on the part of Price to accommodate the city's growing population and economy.
The governor's office of planning and budget shows the population in Price city increasing from 8,402 in 2000 to 11,481 in 2030.
Price's transportation master plan identifies the northeast quadrant of the city as one of three areas for development to accommodate the population growth.
"The annexation is primarily aimed at attracting new residential construction in the area," said Nick Tatton, community director for Price city.
According to an environmental assessment conducted in the area, a majority of existing housing in Price was constructed prior to 1980.
New residential construction and expansion will foster a progressive community image and attract new residents, indicated the officials.
The development effort also includes the Homestead Boulevard roadway project in the same area.
The loop project will extend Cedar Hills Drive north from 800 North and Homestead Boulevard north from 900 North, then link the streets with a new east-west facility.
The project is located in the northeast section of Price near the intersection of Utah State Road 10 and U.S. Highway 6.
The proposed collector loop will be approximately 4,000 feet long and will require an 80-foot right of way to accommodate a median turn lane, one travel lane in each direction, shoulders, curb, gutter and sidewalk.
Planning, design and construction for the project will be funded by United States Small Urban Federal Aid revenues and may be augmented by local and Community Impact Board monies.
Additionally, Price officials have developed a plan for the development of a city-wide system of bicycle, pedestrian and equestrian trails.
The project is included in Price's general plan and shows numerous trails connecting existing parks and recreation facilities throughout the city.
The proposed loop, although not a designated bike route, can accommodate bicycle traffic on the shoulders.
A proposed all-terrain vehicle trail located north of the city would connect to a regional system and proposed cross-county trail.
Trailhead parking will be provided at the Toy Atwood Baseball Complex.
"Our population is fast approaching 10,000 and we need to be ready with appropriate infrastructure," pointed out Piccolo at last week's Price City Council meeting.