Price Mayor Joe Piccolo
While this was not a speech in front of a nationwide audience with hundreds of cameras and bright lights focused on the podium such as the State of the Union, Piccolo gave a 45-minute speech that touched upon many areas of the city including the present time and what the city can do going forward in the future.
The mayor gave his annual city address in the Price Civic Auditorium which included city council members, city employees and citizens. Piccolo focused his speech on three areas including city and departmental overviews, department and employee accolades and what the city and its citizens can do to improve in the coming year.
One point Piccolo pushed throughout his speech is the 100th birthday of Price City which is listed as April 1. Piccolo said the city is looking to commemorate the birthday throughout the year from April 1 through Sept. 30. Piccolo said he is hoping that citizens will help celebrate the birthday which will be a theme at events through the spring and summer months.
"I hope people will get caught up in the 100th anniversary of Price City," he said.
While he said he could spend a lot of time talking about the trials and tribulations of Price City compared to other cities and parts of the world, Piccolo said he wouldn't do that. Instead Piccolo said he wanted to focus on the people and citizens that help make Price City "a great place to live, work and play."
During his speech he congratulated the Parks and Cemetery Department for being named the safety team of the year. The department was chosen because they adopted a stretch and flew program, initiated safety audits and improved safety meetings and consistently conducted incident reviews which resulted in improved safety performance. For their accomplishment, Piccolo presented the members of the Parks and Cemetery Department with award certificates. Piccolo also presented an award for employee of the year to Melanie Jaramillo, who is also a member of the Parks and Cemetery Department. Jaramillo was chosen for the award by city employees.
While he congratulated the Parks and Cemetery Department for being a safe crew, Piccolo said he wants to see all city employees strive to reach a goal of no injuries in the work place and get a rating of 0.0 which is tied to worker's compensation insurance. Currently the city has a .85 rating, which is considered the lowest Price city has ever had.
"We want to be an example to other cities to follow by," Piccolo said.
Piccolo also presented Visionary Service Leader Awards to Dell Cloward, Mark Carrillo and Danette Moynier. The awards were given to those who assist in making Price City a progressive, friendly community and are dedicated to excellence in service, upholding high professional standards, are honest, involved, responsible and leaders in the community, among other things.
While he didn't elaborate on every detail of city operations in the past year, Piccolo took time to thank each city department for their hard work and their contributions to Price city throughout the year.
"The staff of the city helps make Price a great place to live, work and play," he said.
In talking about energy, Piccolo said that Price city and both Carbon and Emery counties will continue to be important to the state and the nation. Being a leader in energy innovation and as a provider to others are areas that should be focused on, he said.
Citizens can also help the city in a few different ways this year, Piccolo said.
Getting more involved in the community, including with the 100th year of Price City is important, he said.
Caring to know more about who you are as a person. Becoming more healthy and helping make sure that children live long lives.
Making sure you care. Take care of yourself, family, friends, neighbors.
When discussing the economy, Piccolo said that Price City seems to be able to weather the economic recession. While the city has been through some challenging times and revenue may be limited, the city has been managed very well, he said.
While city employees play a crucial role, citizens are also one of the greatest assets to the community, Piccolo said. They both play key roles in why Piccolo thinks the state of the city is strong going into 2011.
"Price City stands tall but doesn't do things in a little way," he said. "I'm optimistic about Price City's future."