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Hot air dominates council agenda* *There will be balloon rides for International Days

Sun Advocate reporter

Those visiting Price City's International Days celebration will have an opportunity to reach new heights during the three-day festival.

The city council approved a motion 4-1 allowing a hot air balloon ride operation to go forward during the city's marquee event.

The hot air balloon rides are being run by Hot Air Enterprises based out of Pleasant Grove.

A special meeting was held by the city council on Friday to discuss whether the city should have the hot air balloon rides be a part of International Days or if the city should back away from the idea due to questions about insurance and liability.

Questions about insurance coverage were a main sticking point that the city council discussed at length during the special meeting. Hot Air Enterprises has an insurance policy that allows for as many $1 million claims throughout its entire policy period, but has an aggregate policy of $0. Council members and other city officials were concerned about the $0 figure but they ultimately approved the project after receiving official statements from Hot Air Enterprise's insurance company.

John Daniels, Price City human resources director, said he did not find anything questionable about the company that runs the hot air balloon business.

Jeanne McEvoy cast the lone no vote on the motion. McEvoy said she voted against allowing the hot air balloon rides to go forward because the contract sent in by the business was not consistent with other activities the city has done before.

Bringing in the hot air balloon rides also required the city to look into whether the business would need to notify the Carbon County Airport about the balloon, which will reach heights of just over 30 feet. Also because Hot Air Enterprises has only one employee, the business relies upon volunteers to help with the running of the balloon rides. Because of the need for helping hands, Carbon Recreation will volunteer to help out on Friday morning and Price City fire fighters will help on Saturday morning.

The hot air balloon rides will run for two days, on Friday and Saturday morning from 6 to 9 a.m. on the football field at Mont Harmon Junior High.

Barbara Piccolo, a member of the Price City Centennial Committee, said the balloon rides would be available on a first-come first-serve basis with no costs to patrons. While there is no cost for the ride, donations will be accepted.

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