Victor Borcherds beat the clock.
Borcherds had until June 15 to provide the U.S. Forest Service with information on three conditions set by Uinta Forest Supervisor Don Nebeker as part of approval for construction of a ski resort on Maple Mountain."The assurance material has been received," said Jolene Reed, administrative officer for the Forest Service. "Now we will review it all."
Review of Borcherds' material will be completed between June 25 and July 1, Reed said. Regional Forester J.S. Tixier granted a stay on the project as requested by several environmental groups and must also review all documents before a final decision on a permit is made.
The three conditions set by Nebeker were:
- An air-quality mitigation plan approved by federal, state and local authorities.
- Assurance that a debris basin at the mouth of Rock Canyon will be enlarged.
- Financial audit indicating financial ability to complete the project.
"We have demonstrated our capability to build a successful resort operation as evidenced by the Excelsior Hotel and the Water Park," Borcherds said. "We have also demonstrated our financial strength and ability . . . to build and complete the expansion of this resort to the satisfaction of the Forest Service and all others concerned."
Borcherds also said Seven Peaks Resort has "firm commitments of loans to adequately ensure the development of the project." Documents provided to the Forest Service show Borcherds' net worth is greater than $3.6 million, which would cover anticipated start-up and depreciation expenses.
"Every contractor is signed up and bonded by a bonding company acceptable to the Forest Service," Borcherds said.
When the Forest Service has finished its review and is ready to issue a permit, Borcherds will deposit treasury bonds to cover completion of the resort in an account specified by the Forest Service.
The Utah Air Conservation Committee, in a letter to Borcherds on Thursday, approved construction of five parking lots to accommodate 2,412 cars. The committee is requiring emissions generated by traffic to the resort to be offset by:
- Installing a signal progression system, raising the speed from 30 mph to 35 mph and adding a traffic lane to 300 South.
- Installing a signal progression system and adding three lanes to University Avenue between 2230 North in Provo and 800 North in Orem.
The Utah Department of Transportation and Provo city already have those projects planned for 1990 and 1991.
The parking facilities must not be used until these requirements have been made, according to Burnell Cordner, executive secretary.
The committee will hold a public hearing on its approval order on June 27 at 7 p.m. in the Utah County Commission Chambers.