Price City Council considers relocating garden for food bank
The Carbon County Food Bank created a community garden last spring on land donated by members of a local family.
During the current year, more than 2,900 pounds of food was produced and distributed to 300 households in the county.
However, the property was sold recently and Dondra Nance appeared before the Price City Council last Wednesday requesting that the community garden be located on the same property as the zeroscape garden at 300 South 100 East.
The city had already agreed to provide water to the food bank garden and there is apparently plenty of space for both gardens to exist at the designated location.
Although the city council could not ratify the decision because the item was not included on the public meeting's agenda, a head count indicated that the Price officials were in favor of the granting request.
Introducing an unrelated matter, a representative from the Associated Students of the College of Eastern Utah appeared before the council to request a meeting with the police and council authorities to review the crosswalk on 300 North. The crosswalk connects the main college center to the housing complex and another classroom building located across the street.
The representative pointed out that motorists are not yielding at the crosswalk and the members of the organization are concerned for the students' safety.
The representative said that no one has been hurt yet, but the students want to take a proactive approach in fixing a problem before something happens.
A meeting will be set up to review the situation.
Addressing an unrelated item at the Oct. 8 meeting, Council person Jeanne McEvoy reported that there are new Christmas decorations for Carbon Avenue. McEvoy also pointed out that the Halloween Party is set for Oct. 25 at the Desert Wavepool.
The city had scheduled a public hearing to consider potential projects for the funding provided by Utah Community Development Block Grant for the 2004 year. However it was announced that all the money earmarked for this geographical area was given to Helper to repair an emergency water leak. The city had received three requests from the Carbon Housing Authority. These had to do with property in east Price and all will be recorded for future consideration.
Bids were received and opened to install improvements on selected exterior and interior doors in city hall and the museum. The city had received a CDBG grant of $12,000 for the project but the lowest vendors bid came in at $20,000 so the council voted to reject the bids and review and resubmit the request at a later time so it fit within the budgeted amount.
Ben Clement, representing Carbon County, informed the council that he will be the individual who would be assigning addresses in the county and city for 911 accessibility. He asked for the city's stamp of approval and cooperation in the project.
Mark Jones appeared before the council concerning a drainage problem on property at 324 South 500 West. Jones was anxious to clear up the situation because of the threat of West Nile virus. Apparently a significant amount of water stands in the area, known as the North Meads Wash.
Price City Attorney Nick Sampinos already submitted a letter to the other party involved. The officials assured Jones they would keep him informed as to the progress of the situation.
The council authorized Sampinos to solicit and negotiate with the property owners the respective easements needed at these locations.
Members of the Price Culture Connection appeared to announce the group's officers and asked the city to include the fall schedule in utility bill mailings. The executive committee consists of McEvoy as chairperson, Madelaine Nyffeler as co-chair, Ann Thomas as secretary and Linda Johnstun as treasurer. The request was approved.
Tom Alleman, a teacher at Carbon High, was introduced as a new member of the Shade Tree Commission.
Kilgore Paving Company has completed the slurry seal from 200 West to Carbon Avenue.
The city officials authorized the city's payment of $55,234 on the project.