The Southern Utah Valley Solid Waste District has become a reality with the election of Spanish Fork City Councilman Rex Woodhouse as its president.
The councils of the cities involved in the Bayview landfill - Provo, Spanish Fork, Springville, Salem, Mapleton and Goshen - recently signed agreements to pay their portions of opening and developing the landfill, proposed for a site near Elberta, and officials say forming the district board goes one step further in showing their dedication to the project.Salem Town Councilman Ken Swenson was elected vice president, and Springville City Councilman Wilford Clyde was elected secretary.
One of the board's first duties is to approve resolutions for land purchase to build a transfer station. Property near Springville's 400 South is proposed.
The station, when completed, would allow each city to bring its garbage to one location. The garbage then would be taken to the landfill site. Residents would be able to use the Bayview site for their own dumping.
New Environmental Protection Agency guidelines led the cities to the new landfill proposal, officials said.
Provo will pay 70 percent of the approximate $3.5 million cost, while Springville and Spanish Fork are paying nearly 13 percent each. Salem, Mapleton and Goshen are dividing up remaining costs.
When work is completed on the site and transfer station, the cities will close their existing landfills.