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3 FAILED SALES GENERATE IRE

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The city has tried and failed to sell its three generators three times in the past five years, and City Councilman Russell Anderson is getting impatient.

Anderson chided Logan Power Department Director Kevin Garlick on Tuesday for not planning to sell the generators in the upcoming fiscal year.Garlick told Anderson he is looking for any possible opportunity to sell the generators, adding that they are not in the proposed 1995-96 budget revenues because they could be sold in the current fiscal year.

"I would like to get rid of those anchors as soon as possible," he said.

The city has been saddled with the natural gas-powered generators for the past several years, following three failed attempts to sell them.

Logan purchased the generators in September 1990, but then decided not to build a costly power plant. The generators were then tentatively sold in December 1991 to a Tooele company that defaulted on its contract three months later.

The bulky units remained in an Arkansas fertilizer plant until July 1992, when Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, purchased them for $925,000. The generators were disassembled and moved west, but the cities also reneged.

Logan Finance Director Don Fulton said the city has invested $1.36 million in the generators. The initial cost was $450,000, plus additional costs for engineering studies, parts, storage and interest.