Price City Council awards bids on road improvement projects
At the Price City Council meeting on Aug. 14, Mayor Joe Piccolo and Chief Kent Boyack presented certificates and plaques to eight volunteers from the fire department who rescued Dustin Chidester from the coal pile on Ridge Road in mid-February.
Chidester had been moving coal when the D-9 cat he was operating fell into the hole and the entire piece of heavy equipment was covered with except a tip of the blade. After about six hours of work by various divisions, including the Price fire department, Chidester was rescued virtually unharmed after spending hours under the coal, trapped inside the cab of the cat in freezing cold temperatures.
Although the firemen from Price were excused after a period of time, none of the emergency personnel left the Ridge Road accident scene until the recovery operation was complete. Those honored included Paul Bedont, Eric Allred, Greggory Lowder, Guy Norton, Boyd Anderson, Leonard Miller, Dixon Hussey, Brian Allred and Carey Seals.
In other city business last Wednesday, the council voted to add an additional name to 400 North, the street that runs in front of the Carbon High School campus.
A member of the CHS Renaissance club appeared before the council and proposed that "Dino Drive" be added to the existing name of the street in order to bolster enthusiasm and school spirit.
In an unrelated matter, Debbie Souza Pappas appeared before the council and requested a chain link fence donation from the city. Pappas is a certified Utah Department of Wildlife Resources representative, taking in wounded raptors like hawks, eagles and falcons and restoring the birds back to health.
The council members had many questions due to the nature of the program and the fact that it is located outside the city limits. Further inquiries about fencing availability and the program will be reviewed. The item was tabled until next meeting.
Representing Castle Valley Cabinets, Kam Weihing presented an informational report to the council explaining how the company decided on choosing Price and Carbon County to expand the Arizona-based business. Known in the Phoenix area as Classy Closets, the new enterprise will be located at 1130 South Carbon Avenue, the building that formerly housed Koret of California.
The company will primarily be building furniture systems for office equipment government contracts, relying strongly on the Wasatch Front for business.
"Instead of seeing money go north in the Salt Lake City area, we will now see money coming the other way," commented Weihing.
The facility is housed in a building that is part of the Pro-Carbon and HUB zone program. Due to the economic development group, the HUB zone program gives the company priorities for governmental contracts and Zion's Bank. The cabinet operation expects to employ seven to 10 full-time workersas local facility opens, but could have as many as 17 or 20 by year end 2003.
The city received bids on the class C road improvement projects on July 23. A committee met and awarded the following per low bid amounts:
Road reconstruction, Nielson Construction for $75,492.
Crack sealing, Asphalt Guard for $24,500.
Slurry seat number two, Asphalt Guard for $65,737.53.
Pavement overlays, Staker-Parsons for $40,522.90.
Traffic paint striping, Staker-Parsons for $10,650.
The city expects to start work on the roadway projects next April for the slurry seal and overlays, followed by the striping. Reconstruction will be in September and crack sealing is set for April 2003.