City receives near final version of master plan
It's been many years since Price City had their master plan revised and on Wednesday night the city council had a new plan, in it's final stages of consideration, presented to them.
"We have been working with the community on this plan since last September," said Ken Young of JUB Planning Group, the company that was hired to revamp the design. "We view this new plan as a guide for future development in the community and in fact it is a general vision document."
The 56 page plan is full of what Price City could be in the years to come and is illustrated with graphs, numerous maps and dozens of descriptions of the community and how it could change.
"We need to have citizens look at this plan before we adopt it," said City Councilman Joe Christman after the meeting was over. "It will be available for the public to look at here in city hall until the next meeting of the council."
That meeting will take place on April 13.
A city's general plan is a statement for the direction an incorporated area is taking as it grows into the future. It helps city officials map out the look and style of new development so that growth is controlled and the city can maintain a high level of service to its customers. Many cities update their plans every decade or so.
The plan includes chapters on land use, urban design, economics, transportation, housing, parks and recreation as well as public facilities and services. The document is peppered with photos and maps that describe the city as it is today and how it can be in the future.
The council also had another discussion on supporting the motocross event that will be taking place at the Carbon County Fairgrounds in April. Ken Kirkwood, the organizer for the event was there to speak with the council about his request for equipment and manpower for track preparation and maintenance.
"The county, who would usually handle this has a resource problem that weekend," said Kirkwood as he attempted to explain the situation of the council. "They have both our event and a huge high school rodeo at the fairgrounds. A lot of the same equipment that is needed to keep the rodeo arena in shape is also what we need for our track."
Christman asked Kirkwood if he had to pay to have the county prepare and take care of the track during an event.
"I pay for the facility and they provide the equipment for the preparation," he responded.
Councilwoman Jeanne McEvoy pointed out that if the county is being paid for the rental that possibly they should hire someone else to do the prep and maintenance work. Councilman Richard Tatton also thought if the county needed help they should be the ones to ask for it.
"I think the county needs to make a request from us for the help," he stated. "Since you are a for profit entity it is difficult for us to provide that help at your request. However, if the county asks we might be able to work it out administratively with them."
Kirkwood told the commission that his was a personal request and that he would withdraw it and ask the county to approach the city about help with the events.
In other business the council did the following.
The council opened bids for a sewer-water line project that is being planned. There were three bidders under two different schedules. Under Schedule A of the project bids that were submitted included Johansen Construction of Mount Pleasant at $98,349.34; TNT Construction of Fairfield, $97,120; and Dwight W. Peterson and Sons of Midvale, $105,063.69.
On Schedule B the bids came in with Johansen Construction bidding $95,270.37; TNT Construction submitting $102,410; and Dwight W. Peterson and Sons, $94,611.95.
A review committee was set up to look at the bids and award them based on specifications if the costs are within the budget for the projects.
The city also received a bid for some property it is selling in Miller Creek. That bid came from Kevin Mortensen for $14,280. The bid will be reviewed based on appraisals and other factors.
The council approved the Wave Pool to run a short test program with elementary students in the Carbon School District. The pool will be offering a one day pass to any student who doesn't miss a day of school between April 1 and May 21.
"We are going to try this and see if there are any bugs we need to work out of the program before we offer it on a longer term basis," said McEvoy, whose responsibilities include the pool.
The council also held a Price City Redevelopment Agency meeting during the session and directed the staff to reimburse Tram Electric $49,013. The money comes from a special fund that is disbursed to various businesses within redevelopment zones for projects they have done that fit the requirements of RDA applications. Tram Electric has a facility it purchased from Joy Manufacturing that is located in one of the two RDA zones in the city.