CIB Allocates Funding for Sewer Line Project
Funding to complete the remainder of the sewer line extension project was awarded to Price River Water Improvement District by the Utah Community Impact Board on Feb. 5.
At the start of the project, $600,000 was loaned to the district at a rate of 2.5 percent.
The project, which is nearly finished, ran over budget by $124,000. PRWID also has plans for one additional sewer extension in the 1100 North area at a cost of $100,000.
Prior to the CIB meeting in St. George on Feb. 5, PRWID manager Phil Palmer predicted that the excess expenditures on the original project would likely be taken care of with a grant, but the $100,000 would not be so easily funded.
However, the CIB made PRWID's job a little easier, allowing the $100,000 to be rolled into the original loan of $600,000 and extended the payback time from 20 to 25 years.
"I felt very good coming from the meeting and getting that," Palmer told the district. "It probably went as good as it could have gone."
With the acceptance of the loan voted on by the district, the group then discussed possible routes for the 1100 North sewer line addition. Two options were considered.
The first option involved running a line up the full length of two streets, 1000 North and 1100 North.
The alternative option included:
Running a sewer line up the full length of 1000 North.
Connecting the two streets by adding a north-running line.
Running a sewer line half the length of 1100 North.
The first option would cost the entire $100,000 and, according to the district, would accommodate future growth better than the alternative.
However, the latter option was estimated to cost $30,000 to $35,000 less and would allow two additional families to be added with the excess funds.
"One of the issues for me is do we service the people who already exist and are paying taxes or accommodate future growth," commented board member Keith Cox. "If it's sixes, I say we take care of the ones that are already there."
The board approved the second option and will add any extensions which can be funded by the $100,000 budget.
"If I was a property owner, I would go this way," Palmer added.
PRWID planned to present the new extension to the Utah Division of Water Quality this week for approval, putting the starting date for the project several weeks out.
In other district business, three job openings were approved to be advertised and filled.
The job openings include positions for line maintenance, the water treatment plant and the fleet department.
The jobs will be offered internally first, according to procedure. If any jobs go unfilled, they will be advertised in the upcoming weeks.
PRWID members also considered bids on the sale of a 1994 S-10 Blazer with 138,000 miles.
Four bids were received and the PRWID board accepted the highest offer of $920.