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Price changes location for spray park, denies waiver of business fee

Sun Advocate reporter

In both Price City and Carbon County, many outsiders notice the lack of public transportation. However, a new taxi service might be in the works. Harry Sturdy, who has been running such a company, appeared before the Price City Council on Oct. 28 to ask that the standard $100 business fee for the year be waived or reduced, because he had paid the fee just months earlier.

"I want to get started and I'm not going to make any money off this," said Mr. Sturdy.

However, because every business must pay the standard fee, the council denied the request on the grounds of fairness.

"When we passed the business license fee, we didn't consider when the license would start," said Councilman Rick Davis. "It's very, very hard to change policy or an ordinance for accommodation."

Mayor Joe Piccolo indicated that the issue might be grounds for the council to research and find other ways to consider flexibility with business owners. However, after Mr. Sturdy left, the discussion continued. City accountant Pat Larsen made it clear that the $100 fee is a representation of the city's total cost to file the paper work and register the business. As such, possibilities of a fee schedule or time limit are impractical for the city.

The council also reviewed a change in location for the proposed "spray park" which will use leftover money from the $380,000 Dino Mine Park Community Impact Board (CIB) project. The spray park, which will be located two blocks away at the city pool, rather than at the Dino Mine site, will utilize a leftover $55,400 to add a water cannon and climbing wall to the pool facility.

The measure carried concerns about the location. The additions were originally planned to be located at the Dino Mine Park, because CIB money is involved. Revisions often require approval. However, Mayor Piccolo assured the council that everything should be fine.

"It's a change in location, not in scope. We shouldn't have to forgo it," said the mayor.

Councilwoman Kathy Smith made it known that she was fine with the change, but didn't want to get in trouble down the road. In the end, the change was approved, but city attorney Nick Sampinos advised that, out of courtesy, the CIB should be informed about the change.

Part of the motivation for the spray park was to save water. Although the city has an extensive water system, it added a new connection for the New Life Ministry Church which is being built just south of Helper. Price City serves water along Carbonville Road until Tony's Apartments for a total of 350 out-of-city connections. With the new church's location on the east side of Highway 6, its most economical option was to receive water from Price City instead of from Price River Water Improvement District (PRWID), which has a line on the west side of the highway.

"I think this is a great cause and am in support," said Ms. Smith to Pastor Andrew Lasslo, who presented the request.

The interconnect was approved and the church can buy $1,800 in fixed water shares from the city, or provide the same amount of water to the city from the Scofield Reservoir.

"I need to stick to the worship and praying, but hopefully we can get this thing built soon," said Mr. Lasslo.

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