The Price City Council members voted four to one last Wednesday night to purchase and install a new boiler system for the swimming pool.
The decision followed a long discussion regarding the use of the facility.
The discussion centered around the fact that the purchase of the replacement system will involve a non budgeted item.
The existing swimming pool boiler, which has been functioning for the last 36 years began showing serious signs of deterioration, which prompted the city to begin preparations to replace it. However, just last week the boiler stopped operating unexpectedly resulting in the temporary closure of the pool. Under an emergency status, the council was polled for permission to hire a boiler repair company to fix the boiler.
The three motions that passed Wednesday night including permission to fix the existing boiler as a temporary unit because it will take three or four months to install a new system. The expected cost for repairs would be around the $5000 mark.
The second motion included permission to advertise for bids to purchase and install the new boiler replacement system at an estimated price of $50,000.
The council agreed to allow the solicitation and hiring of necessary consultants and subcontractors to design and construct the foundation and building that will support and house the new boiler replacement system at an estimated cost of $40,000.
In each of the three motions councilman Stephen Denison voted no, stating in each case that this was contrary to budget.
In other city business the council discussed the parking situation on 100 South, near Carbon Aveenue, where Papa Joes and the Price post office are located.
Jim "Duke" Johnson, owner of Papa Joes, showed photos to the council of people who use the street in front of his establishment as a parking place during the day.
The businessman asked the council to consider reducing the hours for the area to two-hour parking designation.
Johnson contended that the all-day parking causes problems with his delivery vehicles. He said his attempts and the efforts of the city police have not relieved the problems.
The Price council members voted to restrict the parking in the area on 100 South to two hours between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Mark Stuckenschneider, chairman of the Helper Arts Festival, presented a plaque to the council in appreciation for the support provided to the event by Price city. His presentation included a financial breakdown.
Permission was granted for city staff to prepare a funding application for construction on the tennis courts in Washington Park.
The city has budgeted $50,000 for the tennis court project. Price officials are expecting an additional $250,000 grant.
In addition, the council approved a name for the park located at 400 West on Main Street. The council members voted to name the site Heritage Park.