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S. JORDAN GETS TENTATIVE OK ON LANDFILL DEAL

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The four cities that own and operate the Trans Jordan Landfill have reached an agreement, pending approval, to allow South Jordan to become a fifth joint-owner of the facility.

In exchange for membership, South Jordan will allow the landfill to expand onto an 100-acre parcel the landfill owns inside South Jordan. A $1.9 million membership fee must also be paid by South Jordan.That's the tentative agreement made Tuesday between representatives of South Jordan and the landfill's owners - Sandy, Midvale, Murray and West Jordan.

"This has been a major problem for the South Valley," South Jordan City Administrator David Millheim said. "It's gratifying after a year to see reason and logic prevail - I couldn't have said that six months ago."

Millheim said all five of the cities city councils must approve the settlement. He expected approval within a week to 10 days.

If the settlement is approved, a lawsuit filed by Trans Jordan's board to force South Jordan to disconnect the 100 acres would be dismissed. Currently the court date is set for November.

The settlement would also resolve a separate issue, a proposed land swap between Sandy and South Jordan. The two cities tentatively agreed on the trade last year, but Sandy withheld approval pending outcome of the landfill dispute.

As a nonmember for several years, South Jordan has paid $19 a ton to dump trash at the Trans Jordan facility at 10400 South and 7000 West. The four member cities each pay only $8 a ton.

South Jordan would continue to pay the extra $11 a ton for the next nine years until its $1.9 million membership fee is paid. No interest will be charged.

The landfill board has been anxious to resolve the dispute. Without the additional acreage, the landfill was within a year or two of running out of space.