January 7, 2015

Minutes of the Centerville City Whitaker Museum Board meeting held Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room at City Hall, 250 North Main Street, Centerville, Utah.

Diane Chamberlain
Bridget Lee
Spencer Packer, Chair
Bruce Powell, was excused at 8:20 p.m.
Nancy Smith
Paul Thomas Smith
Abigail Hodgson, Youth Council Liaison
Lyndsey Kunzler, Youth Council Liaison, was excused at 6:50 p.m.

Lisa Linn Sommer, Whitaker Museum Director
Connie Larson, Recording Secretary


Lyndsey Kunzler, Youth Council Liaison, reported on the geocaching for the Whitaker Museum.  Lyndsey will get the coordinates for the box. The Board agreed the geocache box will be on the Museum property.

At 6:50 p.m., Lyndsey Kunzler was excused from the meeting.

Lisa Linn Sommer asked Abigail Hodgson to report on the Santa Claus Christmas Letter project. Children sent letters to Santa Claus, and the Youth Council responded to the letters from the children. It is estimated there were 200 letters written at the Museum.  Lisa Linn Sommer reported that the Museum received emails from several parents. Lisa Linn Sommer asked the Youth Council liaisons to inform the Youth Council at their next meeting, how excited their children were with their letters from Santa. The Youth Council enjoyed this project, and would like to do it next Christmas.


Lisa Linn Sommer, Museum Director, reported she contacted Guy Carpenter, and she will be meeting with him this Friday to discuss the CLG bids.  Steve Thacker, City Manager, told Lisa that the CLG projects fell below the amount of $25,000 dollars; therefore, no formal bid was needed for City approval. However, the State Historical Department requests two formal bids for projects unless Don Hartley has given a letter of exception. There must be a minimum of two bids per project per State’s guidelines.  In addition, the following instructions were provided by the City Manager in an email to Lisa Sommer on December 24, 2014:

•    For the purchase of “any supply, service or construction having a unit value of $500 or more, a Purchase Order shall be submitted to the Finance Department for approval, except in circumstances permitted by this policy (i.e. emergency purchases).”  There are some exceptions for “service contracts”, “open purchase order” where purchases are made regularly from the same vendor, etc. In your case, when you have made a decision to purchase an item or service from a specific source, and it is $500 or more, you should fill out a purchase order and have it signed by the authorized Museum rep and Blaine Lutz before placing the order.

•    Informal bidding procedures are to be followed for any capital equipment purchase between $1,000 and $9,999, and for any “project” estimated to be between $1,000 and $24,999.  Formal bidding procedures are to be followed for any capital equipment purchase $10,000 or more, and for any “project” estimated to be $25,000 or more.

•    In your case, you will not likely be using the formal bidding procedures, but it appears the informal bidding procedures may apply to some of what you are doing with the CLG funds. The policy does not provide a definition of “project”, but based on the context of other provisions in the Procurement Policy, I am comfortable telling you that “routine maintenance” and “routine repairs” of the building are not considered “projects” that require you to follow the informal bidding procedures. So, if you would give me a list of the items you are doing to the building (that will cost over 41,000 each), it will tell me whether it falls in the category of “projects”, and therefore should follow the bidding procedures.

•    If you are to follow the informal bidding procedures, you are to, “when possible . . . solicit a minimum of three oral or written bids”, and these are to be “kept by the City.” You are to determine the “lowest responsible and responsive bidder and award the contract to such bidder.” If the work is specialty work, you may not be able to get three bids, but let’s talk about the reasonableness of that if this is the case. I can approve exceptions to the informal bidding procedures, if warranted.

•    The Whitaker sign – because of the design requirements—seems to qualify as a “professional service”, which is an exempt category in the Procurement Policy; therefore, I will approve that one as exempt from the bidding procedures.

Please keep in mind that the CLG contract provisions require at least two bids, so be sure you have written authorization (such as an email) from the State officials if you deviate from that guideline.

If the informal bidding procedures in the City’s Procurement Policy do not apply, and the State waives their requirement for a minimum of two bids, then my guidance is that you use good judgment to be confident you have a competitive/reasonable price for the work to be done. With Spencer’s experience in construction/remodeling, he may have sufficient experience to know when the price is a good one. If there is some question and you can easily get a second quote, then that would be my recommendation.


Paul Thomas Smith reported on the Storytelling schedule for 2015, and he distributed a list of the planned events to the Board. The Storytelling event is held the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. These events will focus on the presentation of people and events that are pertinent to Centerville and will be Centennial events. Mr. Smith is trying to contact Clive Romney to see if he will come on one of the open days to give a concert with his musical group.

The Board discussed the possibility of having a “Centerville Country Fair” at the Museum in August.  There would be farm animals for the children to see, and storytelling from some of the elderly citizens of Centerville, old fashioned yard games for example. Chair Packer made the suggestion of serving simple refreshments at the storytelling events in celebration of the Centennial this year.


Bruce Powell said he researched the rules for having a sign placed on the freeway off ramp directing people to the Whitaker Museum. Main Street and Parrish Lane are State controlled roads. There are several items that are necessary to have a sign, but the Whitaker Museum is not able to comply with some of the regulations. The State sent Bruce the guidelines, and there are some areas that are not in compliance.  The State requires the Museum be open 8 hours a day/7 days a week, and to have a working restroom in the Museum, which is not feasible at this time. It was noted that we could meet those requirements with the City being open 7 days a week.  This will be looked into more fully at a later time.

Bruce Powell reported his term on the Whitaker Museum Board is ending, and this will be his last meeting. The Board expressed appreciation to Mr. Powell for his service on behalf of the Museum.


Bruce Powell reported there are 50 Rotary Clubs that receive grants annually, and Centerville received one of the grants.  He announced that a check for $1,622 will be given to the Museum to be used for the sign on the Museum grounds.


Diane Chamberlain distributed genealogy fans of the Thomas Whitaker descendants that she pulled from the LDS Church puzilla.com website. The Board reviewed the fans, and agreed to move forward with the design of the fans.  Abigail Hodgson will ask members of the Youth Council if someone on the Youth Council would be able to design a chart advertising the genealogy fans.


Bridget Lee distributed a copy of the logo that will be used for the Centerville Centennial. She also distributed a wooden nickel the Board had previously discussed giving away for geocaching and tour visits.  The Board agreed to order 2,000 wooden nickels at a cost of no more than $300.

Chair Packer made a motion to approve the amount of $300 for the purchase of 2,000 wooden nickels. Nancy Smith seconded the motion, which was passed by unanimous vote (6-0).


Nancy Smith asked Abigail Hodgson to report on her latest meeting on the Centennial.  May of 2015 begins the Centennial Celebration of Centerville’s incorporation. They are excited to do the geocaching activity. In celebration of the Centennial, it is possible that there may be 100 different pins for 100 different activities that can be earned by going to different businesses and locations throughout the city. The amount of pins will be determined by the number of businesses who wish to participate. A pin can be earned at Museum activities throughout the year, and the funding will be provided by the Centennial Committee.

At 8:20 p.m., Bruce Powell was excused from the meeting.

Nancy Smith displayed examples of name plates that could be used for the docents, volunteers, and Board members at the Museum. The Board decided name plates will be made from wood, at a cost of $6.00 each.

Nancy Smith reported McGee’s will print 1,000 plastic coated business cards for $49.95. The Board agreed to allow the purchase of 1,000 business cards.

Nancy is working on the Policy and Procedures Guidelines that Steve Thacker is requesting these by February 15th.  The Administrative Plan and the Collections Management Policy drafts have been completed, and were distributed to the Board for their review.

Laura Toney and Hendy Jensen are names for consideration as a possibility to be on the Museum Board to replace Bruce Powell. Christy Best cannot be on the Board at this time. A list of possible Eagle Scout Projects for the Centennial 100 Eagle Scout activity should be given to Nancy Smith, so that they can be given to the Centennial Committee. The Museum has many projects that could be completed by perspective Eagle Scouts allowing for in-kind and donation CLG matches.  It will also allow the scouts to participate in a City-wide Centennial Court of Honor.


Chair Packer reported he has not worked on the sign and door. Lisa Linn Sommer will remind Chair Packer during the week to follow on the Museum sign and door.


Lisa Linn Sommer reported May 30th is the date for the Museum’s 3rd annual Victorian Tea. At least 24 volunteers are needed to help serve tables at the two seating’s during this event.  String instruments are played during the Victorian Tea. Lisa Linn Sommer requested Abigail Hodgson to take this information to the next Youth Council meeting, and ask if any of the Youth City Council members would like to play their string instruments or act as table servers during the event. There was discussion of raising the event price from $14 to $15 charge per person for this event. A decision was not made at this meeting.

Lisa Linn Sommer contacted the Viewmont High School Cross Country Track Team coach who has agreed to provide the “zombies” for the 2nd annual Zombie 5k Run to be held in October. The Viewmont team is excited to participate in this race. Davis High School served in this capacity last year.

Lisa Linn Sommer distributed a list of expenses and income earned from the events held at the Museum during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The report shows success for the first and second year of holding these events.  It was decided that the Heritage Market would be struck from the events for the present time.  Weather was not compatible to allow for success of this event.  It may be reinstated in future years.


The next Whitaker Museum Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.


At 8:45 p.m., Diane Chamberlain made a motion to adjourn.  Paul Thomas Smith seconded the motion, which was passed by unanimous vote (6-0).

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Spencer Packer, Chair                            Date Approved

Connie Larson, Recording Secretary