Price council conducts public hearing on city community block grant applications
Price has submitted two applications for community development block grants and a second public hearing was conducted last Wednesday at the city council meeting on the subject.
Originally, the projects included the construction of pedestrian safety improvements on Nelson Lane and retrofitting the city hall with entry doors with electric openers and push pads.
However, the initial plans changed last week and it was announced at the meeting that the Carbon County Housing Authority was unable to deed the property needed for the proposed project to the city.
In order for Price to install the pedestrian safety projects, which were to include sidewalk, curb and gutter on Nelson Lane, the areas that the improvements are to be put on must be owned by the city.
In a letter dated March 16, the city was awarded more than $27,000 for the Nelson project and $12,000 for the city hall entry door retrofit.
Wednesday's meeting was part of the final application process. Only improvements that would directly benefit low and moderate income housing and families are allowed.
According to officials, it is important to understand the type of projects that are eligible under the grant program, such as property acquisition, improving blighted areas, rehabilitation or conservation activities, preservation of historical sites public works improvements, code enforcement design work, demolition, removal of architectural barriers finance assistance or community development plans.
Price city has completed projects using the funding that have benefited low and moderate income persons within the local community, including making the city's library more assessable to everyone.
The public hearing was set up to identify the selected projects, the funding that is available and to respond to specific concerns or questions from citizens within the city.
Since the Nelson project could not be a consideration, the council discussed making the doors into the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum ADA assessable.
The improvements suggested for the museum would be a project similar to the city hall endeavor, where doors will be made more accessible.
Making an addendum to the application was discussed and an announcement will be made if the substitute project is accepted.
The Price officials also conducted three bid openings at last Wednesday's regularly scheduled public meeting.
The action included the reroofing project of the indoor pool, the construction of a steel pedestrian bridge over a water detention basin on 300 East and cleaning the north Meads wash culvert.
There were three bids submitted for the reroofing and the bridge project.
The council received six bids for the culvert cleaning.
Many of the bids for the city projects were from local companies.
Committees consisting of council members and city employees will review the bids and award the projects during the current week, depending on the budget and the submitted material.
Karen Bliss was awarded a certificate of appreciation for her work as chairperson of the Price Cultural Connection for the past seven years.
"Because of her efforts over the past few years, the Cultural Connection has made a huge contribution to the community," commented Piccolo, as the mayor acknowledged Bliss for her hard work.
In a related agenda item, councilwoman Elizabeth Kourianos recommended four new members to serve on the executive committee for Price Cultural Connection.
In addition to Kourianos, the recommended committee members included Ann Thomas, Madelaine Nyffeler and Linda Johnstun.
Several items from the city engineer's office were also discussed during last week's Price council meeting.
The matters included approving the final payment to the Gateway Company for completing the touch-up work on the water treatment plant sedimentation basin painting.
The city council also passed a motion to declare approximately 200 used water meters as surplus property.
The council's action makes the items eligible for the city to scrap or to trade for new water meters.
The meters in question have been discontinued and removed from the city's water delivery system.
CEM Sales and Service completed the repair and replacement of deteriorating values on the Wave Pool filters.
The $2,935 paid to the firm falls under the pool equipment maintenance budget.
Bids were received at the council in early April to construct the underground fuel tank cathodic protection system.
A committee reviewed the proposals submitted on the underground fuel tank project and awarded the project to B. Hansen Construction for the low bid of $12,640.
Bids were also awarded for replacement of the wave pool thermal blanket.
A committee was formed following the Price City Council's April 9 meeting to review the specifications.
The committee members recommended that the project be awarded to CEM for the amount of $12,847. The wave pool thermal blankets have weighted edges and the bid includes a three-year warranty.