The Central Utah Gas Go. in Nephi has won a franchise to deliver natural gas to Delta in western Millard County. The vote by the Delta City Council was unanimous.
The Fillmore City Council in the eastern sector of the county refused to approve a franchise.Gas company officials have changed their minds about the financial feasibility of serving one community and not the other. Initially they said it wouldn't be feasible to deliver gas to Millard County without both Fillmore and Delta participating. But co-owner Earl Andrews told the Delta City Council gas could be provided to that city only, with Fillmore being served at a later date.
A franchise Mountain Fuel held with the Utah Public Service Commission has expired.
Delta will be the first community to be served by the Nephi utility. The firm's officials would like to provide service to Juab, Beaver and Millard counties. The Nephi City Council is studying the feasibility of a municipally owned system, however.
If the company could contract with communities in all three counties, it would service about 9,000 connections. Millard County would account for about half the number, if communities in the entire county participated.
Central Utah Gas received a non-exclusive franchise from the Delta City Council, although its officials initially wanted an exclusive franchise. Under PSC-approved rates, Delta homeowners will pay between $12 and $18 a month for the service and product. Service won't be available until at least 1991.