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MAPLETON SEWER PACT GETS PROVISIONAL OK

After three months of waiting, the Mapleton has received final provisional approval from the state of Utah on its sewer contract with Spanish Fork.

The City Council approved the contract Tuesday. The agreement will join the city's future sewer system to the Spanish Fork sewage treatment plant.City Attorney Jim Brady said the major points of the contract were never contested, just the fine print. The contract must still receive the scrutiny of state lawyers.

Some of the major points of the contract include:

- Mapleton's purchasing capacity will be .59 million gallons per day. Spanish Fork's capacity is 5 million gallons per day, which gives Mapleton 11 percent-12 percent of capacity.

- Mapleton will pay $850,700 for the right to use the Spanish Fork system.

- Mapleton will pay all costs of line installation right to the Spanish Fork plant and will receive credit for line that will benefit Spanish Fork city.

- No payments will be made for the first six years; then five equal, no-interest installments will follow. The six years of no payment will help build the needed financial reserves.

- A meter will be installed where the Mapleton lines connect to Spanish Fork and another meter will be installed at the Spanish Fork treatment plant so officials can monitor Mapleton's actual use.

- The treated wastewater will belong to Spanish Fork. If the water is sold Mapleton would receive some of the benefit.

Mapleton had hopes of beginning its city sewer project this spring, but pipe may not be laid until early summer. The city is currently waiting for a final loan approval, which is expected May 18. It has also put the sewer project out for bid. At least 10 contractors have applied to date.

Council members voiced concern that all of the connecting costs from the homes to the city's main lines were not included in initial proposals. Councilman Wave Miguel said the residents were promised it would only cost $350. However, it may cost the city as much as $300,000 or more for the connections. The city may have to finance the additional charges with a secondary loan.