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Weekend water pressure problems discussed at Price council

A consturction worker hooks a pipe onto a trackhoe during construction on the pipeline near the Price River on Carbon Avenue.

Construction on a new water pipeline crossing the Price River near U.S. 6 ran into a few problems during a planned shutdown on April 10, according to Gary Sonntag, public works director for Price City.

The situation was discussed during the Price City council meeting on April 14 and council members commended the city public works department on their quick work in solving the problem that occurred.

The 16 inch water pipeline upgrade under construction is moving the pipeline from under the riverbed to an aerial crossing over the Price River. Sonntag said the reason for moving the water line was due to it's location in a high risk area under the river and because of possible contamination that could take place.

The planned shutdown was done to put in a new water valve so the line could be drained. The work started early that morning and the line was shut down from 10 a.m through 2 p.m.

During the shutdown, water pressure began to lower in the city's south water zone, located south of 100 N between 600 W. and 700 E. The city began receiving calls from homes and businesses - some of which said their low water pressure alarms began to go off.

A second valve needed to be closed as well to help during the shutdown. Workers then shut down a hydrant so that water pressure could be built up again and the construction crew could finish draining the line soon after, according to Sonntag.

While the lowering of the water pressure during the planned shutdown was not expected to occur, it did not cause any major problems, Sonntag said.

In other notes from the Price City Council meeting:

*The council received three bids for the landscape yard care seasonal services for contract services on selected city owned grounds. The city split the contract between two companies. Castle Valley Landscaping was awarded a contract to work on the city hall block and Heritage Park with bids of $2,000 for each area. Choices Inc. was awarded a contract to work on Underpass Park with a $2,500 for 20 weeks of maintenance.

Chad Greenhalgh, the city's parks and cemetery grounds supervisor, said that this year the city will save some money on the contracts because the city's grounds crews will be doing more.

"We've removed some options from table that the contractors did last year," he said. "We will pick up some hours but that will save the city between $16-20,000 this year."

*The council also discussed purchasing new lawn mowers for use all over the city. They received three bids, two of which did not comply with the guidelines. Duff Shelley Mowers was awarded the contract with the city at $10,849 per mower, with the city planning to purchase one new mower with another as an option. The winning bid was for a Walker brand mower.

"These mowers are ideal for what we have to do, especially in the cemeteries," said Greenhalgh. "These mowers are able to get in and around the graves."

Sonntag said the current lawn mowers for the city are getting old and the new ones being purchased will allow for greater maneuverability when mowing, especially in the cemetery.

*The council was approached by Wayne Clausing, president of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, who asked if the city would be willing to look at a free Wave Pool day in late June.

"I think that would get people the pool and I would like to do it on the same day that the Search and Rescue's demolition derby takes place," said Clausing. "I think it could be a good draw for the city."

The council discussed the idea and said that officials would confer with pool management about how that would affect revenues for that weekend.

(Also contributing to this article was Richard Shaw).

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