Price city grants requests, supports civic groups
It seemed like community service night at the Price City Council meeting Feb. 12 as four local groups appeared before the officials announcing events or activities and, in some cases, requesting waivers or assistance with the activities.
Mcket and Dana Young, student and parent secretaries of the local rodeo club, appeared before the council to discuss upcoming high school competitions coming to Emery and Carbon counties Easter weekend.
The Carbon Rodeo Club representatives informed the officials that more than 600 contestants and families would spend at least three days in the area. It costs the club in excess of $17,000 to sponsor the rodeo and the money comes through sponsorships and donations.
The city council representatives agreed to assist the local rodeo club, but the officials deferred the donation to the wave pool, where the level of sponsorship would be decided.
Karl Kranyc, representing Bikers Against Child Abuse , appeared and informed the council that a statewide family reunion of BACA members is scheduled on June 28 in Washington Park.
The event will attract members from throughout the northwest. The BACA representative said the reunion will be an excellent opportunity to draw public awareness to child sexual abuse.
The council voted to waive the $200 park fee for the BACA activity.
The Price Kiwanis Club requested a $600 donation from the city to assist the group with the upcoming July 4 fireworks show, scheduled at the county fairgrounds.
The requested funding is an annual contribution provided by the city. Price is joined by the county and other cities in the area to assist with the show.
Carl Brown, representing the youth volunteers through United Way, informed the council that the group planned to participate in a community cleanup program.
The youth intended to begin the project at the skate park and move throughout the county, cleaning up parks and complexes.
Other areas on tap included Heritage Park, the Price Peace Garden, Helper parkway and Carbon softball complex
The group was not requesting financial assistance from the city at the council meeting, but Brown said the volunteers may need a supply of garbage bags in the future.
During Price's public meeting, Councilwoman Betty Wheeler presented awards to three businesses for the company's community excellence.
The awards are the result of a committee selection process recognizing businesses that have contributed to aesthetic improvement of the community and focus on civic responsibilities.
Recipients of the awards from the city include Heirloom Inn, Greenwell Inn and Wal-Mart.
Introducing an unrelated matter, Mayor Joe Piccolo announced several changes in appointed assignments and duties of the Price council members.
The action followed a closed meeting two weeks ago, where Councilman Steve Denison was relieved of all primary and secondary responsibilities for the city.
The motion passed by a vote of the council members, but Denison felt the situation was not what he thought it should be.
"While I acknowledge the right of appointment granted the mayor by the council, it's disheartening to see any elected official excluded from the process of service and accountability," Denison stated at the city's public meeting and in a written document submitted to the Sun Advocate last Friday.
Betty Wheeler is now responsible for water and sewer; Richard Tatton heads the parks, building, weed control and library departments; Elizabeth Kourianos oversees the electric, customer service, pool and shop; and Don Reaveley is responsible for streets, garbage and the cemetery.
There are also secondary responsibilities and several civic appointments included in the motion.
Permission was requested to apply to the Utah Emergency Management Agency for flood mitigation assistance.
The assistance would be applicable to the work being done on Meads Wash.
There is a 75/25 percent cost share with individual projects. Currently, $20,000 has been budgeted toward Meads Wash.
Ron Brewer was honored for his contribution to the city. The city employee forfeited 18 hours of accrued vacation time that was beyond the maximum yearly allotment of 30 hours.
Instead of using the hours prior to year end, Brewer stayed on the job to meet the scheduled installation of the Miox disinfection system at the water treatment plant.