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Price contributes to tourism promotion


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By KEN LARSON
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Price officials have authorized $5,000 toward the purchase of three billboards to be located at the entrances to the city.

The county restaurant tax committee has agreed to fund the entire project and the Price council voted last Wednesday to purchase advertising space in the Utah accommodations and vacation guide. The publication is distributed nationwide and promotes Castle Country.

At the Oct. 22 meeting, Phyllis Cox reported to the council that Carbon High will host the Region 8 swim meet in November at the Price pool complex.

Cox asked Price city to consider contributing $1,500 toward the purchase of the lane lines for the pool. The current lane lines at the swimming pool are old and in bad shape.

Cox told the mayor and council that she planned to approach Carbon High School with a request to match the money if the city contributes.

Because funds are not specifically place in the city budget, the council wrestled with the request.

Gary Sonntag, city engineer, pointed out that there are several capital projects that need to be completed. He suggested going ahead with the lanes and making a determination if any money was left after completing the pool project.

The council felt that the matter was a community rather than just a Price city issue.

Councilman Richard Tatton recommended the county restaurant tax committee be contacted for funding.

Mayor Joe Piccolo stated that the city will continue to work on the matter as the consideration is important.

Introducing an unrelated item at the meeting, council member Jeanne McElvoy reported that the Price Shade Tree Commission has received a $500 grant. The funds will be used to plant trees in the area by Wendy's and install a drip system. The commission also received a $1,000 grant, which will go toward education and training of city employees.

During last Wednesday's regularly scheduled meeting, the council voted to allow the Carbon County Food Bank the use a parcel of city property located at 350 South 50 East to grow supplies for the local pantry. The matter had been discussed at the last council meeting.

On Oct. 15, Mayor Piccolo reported that Texaco Corporation provided funding for a traveling exhibit displayed at the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum.

In conjunction with the exhibit, a private reception will be presented the first Friday in December. The council was asked to grant permission to serve wine at the reception. But since state law prohibits the consumption of liquor in a public building, the council denied the request.

Council member Richard Tatton indicated that a meeting of the water savings and treatment proposal committee is scheduled Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at the city's public works complex.

Kahran Bahrani from the water quality board will be at the meeting.

Sonntag indicated that the city may be able to secure funding for the project through the United States Department of Agriculture's rural utility service.


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