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Jeanne McEvoy bids farewell to City Council, Price


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By KEVIN SCANNELL
Sun Advocate reporter

After serving on the Price City Council for over nine years, Councilmember Jeanne McEvoy announced her resignation to the council last week.

"It is with great regret that I must announce that I will be stepping down from my position as Price City Council Member," said McEvoy in a letter to fellow council members dated Aug. 1. "It has been an honor and privilege to serve the employees, citizens and visitors of Price City alongside each of you."

McEvoy announced that she would be stepping down to move out to South Carolina. She began the near 40-hour road trip to her new home with her husband, Grady, on Monday.

"We're going to be leaving a great deal of things behind here including family and many friends," McEvoy said after the council meeting on Wednesday.

McEvoy began serving on the city council in May 2003 until her final city council meeting on Wednesday evening. She said it was at the suggestion of a neighbor, Perry Fry, that began her quest in serving the community in her role as a councilmember.

"I never thought it would last this long," McEvoy said of serving on the city council.

Price City Attorney Nick Sampinos said the city will fill the vacancy on the council within the next 30 days. He cited a statue, 20A-1-510, which concerns midterm vacancies in municipal offices. The statue calls for the city to appoint a registered voter who meets the qualifications for office and requires the city to give at least two weeks notice before filling the vacancy from a list of submitted applications.

McEvoy arrived in Price in 1980 finding work with Carbon School District as a Resource and Special Education teacher. Before the couple married, Grady purchased a home at 191 North 100 West in 1994. Over the years they completely remodeled the inside and outside of the home.

"It was a complete dump when he bought it years ago," McEvoy said. The couple worked hard to keep the look of the home, which is over 100 years old, as authentic with the times as they could.

Now in the front of a well kept lawn and garden sits a for sale sign. While Jeanne has left her position and will be living in South Carolina full time, Grady will be returning to Price to fulfill the rest of his contract at USU Eastern and work on getting the house sold.

Price City Mayor Joe Piccolo said the council would miss McEvoy's presence citing the work she has put in towards helping the Price City community.

"It's been a real pleasure to work with you," said Piccolo. "We will miss you sitting behind this bench."

Throughout the long process of getting ready for the move, McEvoy said she spent a lot of time looking back at her time serving on the city council. She enjoyed conversing with members of the public about city workings and spent many hours working on causes she believes in. One cause McEvoy pushed the city council to support was the Carbon County Green Team. Over the past two years, McEvoy and the rest of the Green Team worked towards getting a number of small trailers placed around the city to provide residents an opportunity to recycle materials locally. With McEvoy stepping down from her position with the Green Team, Kris Kiahtipes will take over her duties as the head of the Green Team.

While the move to South Carolina has been a long and difficult process to go through, McEvoy said she is looking forward to the new adventures she and Grady will be able to experience. Along with seeing and visiting new places, McEvoy said she is anxious to spend time with her grandchildren and focus upon the many different hobbies in her life including gardening, sewing, working on photo books and spending time in the outdoors.

After spending over 30 years in Price, including over nine serving on the city council, McEvoy said she enjoyed having a better understanding of how governments works for a smaller community and will always cherish the time and the people she met during her time in Price.

"I'm leaving with a wealth of good memories and I'll miss the friendliness of the people in the area," she said.

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