Some residents are angry at city officials over promises allegedly made concerning water projects and a special improvement district.
David Barlow, representing a group of residents involved in the West Fields Water Improvement District, said Mayor Kenneth Creer promised them they would establish rates for future hookups to the area serviced by the improvement district."At that time (a little over two years ago), Springville City put up a bond to bring water to the west fields," Barlow said. "They agreed to have the property owners assessed to have the water run down there. The owners would be assessed by frontage footage, as well as acreage served. During those meetings, we were promised if future hook-ons were completed we would give the assessment to those hooking in."
The property owners claim that three additional hookups to the project have been completed but that the owners have not paid their share of the assessment.
"All the people to the north of the project haven't hooked up to the lines but they've been assessed, while those across the highway are receiving full service and haven't been charged," Barlow said. "We're serving people across the way and not charging them. We were appointed to come up with hook-on assessments, and we have."
City officials said that no agreement was made for giving residents the power to assess hookup rates. Not only would that action lead to reimbursing residents for the project, it would lead to a disastrous precedent, they said.
"I was not aware of there being any kind of records or minutes from the meeting the mayor had with the original property owners," City Attorney Harold Mitchell said. "I don't believe there was any agreement signed; we just went through a standard bonding agreement."
"When we (the city) bought onto that line, it was extended from the Intermountain Power Project," Creer said. "You were assessed fees to hook up to the city's line. That money went to pay off a 10-year bond. Others will be charged for hooking into that line, to also pay for the bond. If I told you that you could charge for hooking on, then I was wrong. However, I think there was a misunderstanding."
City Councilman Wilford Clyde said that if those in the district could charge residents for hooking on, then the city would have charged residents in the original water district for hooking on from not only the IPP extension, but all the way to the storage tanks. "I think that's a little bit ridiculous."
In addition, officials said that the city paid to extend the line across I-15 so that if property there ever develops, the city will have line and services available to those property owners. "Then they will be charged for their frontage and acreage," City Councilman Matt Packard said.
Officials also said they would check city records for any recordings of agreements made concerning hookup charges to clear up misunderstandings.