|Price Fire Chief Kent Boyack and community director Nick Tatton looks through the old BLM complex in north Price along with council members Liz Kourianos and Richard Tatton as they consider the future of the buildings and grounds.|
Several city employees and council members conducted a walk-through last week of the former United States Bureau of Land Management building and properties.
The building and property are located at 900 North 700 East in Price.
In May, the city officials paid almost $29,000 as a deposit to purchase the building. Total cost of the purchase package is $289,575.
Although plans are not finalized on which agency or department will be housed in the building or property, it is being eyed for several needs.
In the discussion, the council pointed out that there is a big need to make more room for the park department, especially to store equipment.
Chief Kent Boyack, who was part of the tour, is also eying storage for a couple of larger rigs or even creating a Price fire station number three.
The one building is set up with heating and cooling and could easily house the equipment without the fear of freezing or overheating.
Although no plans have been expressed, the tour included the basement look of the bomb shelter, an area created when there was a need for it back in the 1960s.
The 10-acre parcel of land and seven buildings are close to the city ball fields.
Closing on the building purchase is expected sometime in early September.
Other city business last week included a council meeting on June 12.
The Price mayor and council members were recently notified that the city received $221,000 from the Olympic committee.
The money was put into the capital improvement fund and has not yet been earmarked for a specific project by Price city officials. The funding is part of the repayment plan from the Olympic committee.
An International Days committee report reminded the council that the celebration is less than 45 days away, scheduled for the final weekend in July.
Bids have been solicited for the fabrication of a steel pavilion structure that will be used as a picnic shelter in the grassy area south of the city's wave pool.
The bid is for fabricated materials only and will be installed by city crews. The city budgeted $2,100 for the project.
A grant was also passed by the council for $15,995 to enhance technology in the Price library and help bridge the digital divide.
A committee was created to review the ordinance dealing with the city's cemeteries.
Apparently, people are placing and leaving more items on the graves. The items in question not only include artificial flowers, stuffed animals and pin wheels, but shepherd hooks.
The hooks are metal poles with cross-members attached and used to hang flowers or wind chimes.
According to the report, the shepherd hooks are becoming a problem not only because they are making work difficult, but the items are a hazard to visitors and city workers because they stick out at eye or arm level.
The committee members will take a closer look at Price city's cemetery ordinances.