Mayoral candidates for Price
Joe L Piccolo
I am a common blue-collar family man, the first generation of an Italian emigrant pioneer. I was born and raised in South Price, educated in Carbon county schools, to include College of Eastern Utah.
I earn my living with my hands and have been self-employed for over 36 years in the business environment. I married my high school sweetheart and best friend, formerly Barbara Ann Bishop. Barbara is aa full partner in all we do.
We are the proud parents of three children, Kim, Ryan and Elizabeth. Kim and Jesse have blessed us with twin grandsons, Kyle and Hayden who are growing up in the same great Carbon County environment that I did.
I served as a city council member for six years and as your mayor for four years. I am currently serving on the Permanent Community Impact Board, the Utah State Division of Water Quality Board, and the Olene Walker Housing Trust Fund Board, the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments Board, the Utah League of Cities and Towns Executive Board, the Carbon County Economic Development Executive Board, as well as working on many other assignments.
I have a high value of integrity and I am a hard worker. When adjustment is necessary, I am not afraid to face change. I want to continue to make a difference in Price City, our home.
In my opinion the most significant issues our community will face in future years will be the cost of utilities and public safety in the face of growth. Our city is comprised largely of an aging population that will need solid low cost utilities to maintain lifestyles on limited incomes. Public safety is important in order to retain the rural quality of life that we know, love and enjoy. The city is better today and for the last four years in many areas, to include the water lines, streets, parks, recreations, business development and other areas. I have initiated and assisted in accomplishing many projects in our community during the past four years and want to continue the progress for the next four years.
I want you to know that if it is important to you, it is important to me and always will be.
I have been on the city council for 10-plus years.
A native of Carbon County and a graduate of Carbon High School, C.E.U. and Utah State University with a degree in elementary education. I am a retired educator of 30 years with the Carbon School District. I am available to the public at all times which is an issue of importance to me. I am also receptive to the people's needs.
I have been involved in many projects in the city including, but not limited to: a new pool boiler and Ozone system that will cut the cost of chemicals by 50 percent, landscaping on the 100 North off ramp, Rose Park and Terrace Hills new playground equipment, ADA sidewalk repair project, completed installation of new water and sewer lines in the inner city area, Cove Basin Park, BMX track and skate park at Terrace Hills, water distribution line and assisted with General Plan and the Land Use Code update process.
We need to do a better job of promoting our area not only for tourism growth, but also for economic development. It is time for the city to call upon and listen to the expertise of our talented successful people and citizens in our area, and include them in planning our future for a quality of life. Energy resources benefit communities. Families end up with more disposable income. Businesses will improve and grow, being able to create more jobs. We can keep more money in the community and that can result in more dollars for infrastructure, education, and community needs.
We also need close monitoring of our expenditures and revenues. We need to concentrate on road repairs and projects below Main Street in the southern part of town. Maintaining plentiful and quality water and we should seek an alternative source of water for a secondary system. We should continue to promote the Cross Country Trail Project, Museum and the Energy Training Center. We also need to revise the city government by letting the city council assume their elected positions again, to work with the mayor, city departments and their constituents.
We need to regain the good rapport, moral and working relationships with our employees.