Piccolo: state of the city is strong
The current state of Price City is strong, according to Mayor Joe Piccolo who cited the hard work by city employees and a community that rises to the challenges that face it.
"Mentally we are awake," said Piccolo during his remarks at the 11th annual State of the City address held at the Price Civic Auditorium on Friday. "Things are getting better year by year."
Those in attendance included Price City council members, city employees and their family members who gathered for the yearly event that looks back on what has been accomplished over the past year and what lays ahead for the city.
During his address, Piccolo said Price City was doing well compared to other cities its size and much of that can be seen by the hard work across many city departments.
"Our city departments need to be given credit for their hard work and they are right now," he explained.
Pamphlets handed out to attendees listed the many achievements across a number of city departments over the past year. Some of those achievements included over 61,000 patrons visiting the Price City Library during the year, over 1,000 days with a recordable accident at the Price City Wave Pool, the Water and Sewer Department producing over 1 billion gallons of water via springs and at the treatment plant, multiple Eagle Scout projects completed in the city in 2012 and many others.
Piccolo cited the safety efforts by all city departments as an example of the dedication and hard work that Price City employees put into their jobs every day. He said the city has the ability of getting a rating of zero percent, which is tied to worker's compensation insurance.
"We have the talent and we've come close before," he said of the low rating.
While Piccolo talked about the accomplishments of the city, he also honored the safety team of the year and awarded two city employees for being named employees of the year.
The Water and Sewer Department was selected as the safety team of the year. The crew worked hard and emphasized safety in their work with excellent injury prevention and management as well as recording zero recordable injuries in over 75,000 hours worked.
City employees voted to name two employees as the employees of the year as Linda Allred and Gary Sonntag were chosen for the award in 2012.
Allred, who works in the fiance department as an accountant, said she never expected her fellow city employees would choose her for the award.
"We thought everyone hates us," Allred said to laughs from the audience. "I love my job and I hope to be here for many more years."
Sonntag, who has served as the city's Public Works Director for many years, said he enjoys being part of a team that has worked hard to create a great working environment with the city.
"I'm deeply honored and grateful to be a part of the city and the municipal organization that serves it," Sonntag said.
While times have been tumultuous around the country, Piccolo said that opportunities can be found in tough times. He suggested the city and its residents to follow three rules for 2013 that include having conviction, persuasion and be caring to help avoid apathy, stop thinking things are too difficult and work hard toward future goals.
"Help make 2013 a better year than 2012," he said.