Council debates to waive or not to waive
Price City Council has spent many of its meetings the past year wrestling with requests to waive rental fees for its parks, particularly Washington Park, where the kitchen and pavilion need to be reserved in order that a group be guaranteed usage on a specific date.
Last Wednesday the council had another lengthy discussion on the policies and it centered around which groups they decide to waive the fees for. Councilman Richard Tatton has been adamant against waiving fees for park use.
"If we are going to set up a fee structure we need to enforce it," he said at the regular council meeting Wednesday. He also explained that if the council is expected to waive certain fees then they should put a line item in the budget covering those charges that are waived.
The particular request under consideration was for Hiawatha Days and although it appeared that all the council stood behind councilman Don Reaveley's proposal to waive the fee for this annual gathering, the discussion still returned to the core question of who and who should not be charged.
"What is good for one is good for all," stated Tatton. The discussion also took the twist that if it's a service or non-profit group that wishes to use facilities, and that in some way benefits the city, then a waiver could be more realistic.
The council ultimately formed a committee to draw up specific guidelines for future discussions and requests. They will bring their recommendation back to the council for approval.
In other city business the council ratified a recommendation in order to receive the Utah Department of Transportation authorization to proceed with pipeline work near Helper. UDOT is planning to reconstruct the U.S. 6 Helper Interchange. This work will impact Price city's two existing 12 inch and 16 inch water transmission pipelines.
UDOT has agreed to replace the pipelines with a single 20-inch pipe that is consistent with the city's new 20-inch water pipeline. They have also agreed to reimburse the city for work to install sufficient 20 inch pipe up to the boundaries of the interchange project on either end and to install temporary water connections to the existing 12 inch and 16 inch pipelines that will be replaced later in the year by placed later in the year by UDOT's contractor. The council ratified the recommendation.
The large door on the chlorine room located on the main building at the Price City water treatment plant will be replaced. It was originally installed with the construction of the water plant and has been modified several times. The miox chlorine disinfection system has been completed and now a new door design has been submitted to facilitate the current maintenance and security requirements. The council voted to spend $2835 for the new door from Kilfoyle Krafts. Installation will be completed by the Price City Street Department maintenance crew.
The city council voted to waive the fee rental for the Peace Gardens for the CEU Prehistoric Museum's Family Day scheduled for May 10. This year will be the 15th anniversary of the discovery of the Huntington mammoth. The museum has set an open house where there will be activities, food, demonstrations, music, and field trips.
Scott MacKnight of the Carbon school district technology center made a request to the city that the school district be allowed to hang new fibre optic cable on the city's power poles between the new district offices and Carbon High School. Presently there is existing cable on the poles and that will be replaced. The council approved the request.
Price City is seeking approval of the Utah Department of Transportation for its small urban area classification. The federal aid highway act of 1973 requires the use of a functional highway classification to update and modify the federal aid highway systems. This legislation requirement has been in affect for many years. Functional classification is the process by which streets and highways are grouped into classes, or systems, according to the character of service they provide.
The systems and their characteristics listed for urbanized areas are also generally applicable to small urban sites. Price city, in order to continue to be eligible for funding, needs confirmation of the small urban area that it serves with its road system. It includes the current city boundary and anticipated boundary should the city enact annexation.