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American Fork

City Engineer Howard Denney added a new hat to his duties Tuesday night.

The City Council appointed Denney as the city's public works director, a position that has been vacant for about eight years.

Denney, who has served as the city engineer for the past seven years, will oversee the streets, parks, maintenance, fleet, building inspections, cemetery and sewer and water departments. City Manager Carl Wanlass has been overseeing those duties the past several years.

The city will hire an associate engineer to assist Denney in his engineering responsibilities.


A requirement for Mapleton developers to bring water with them for new projects led to a water rights exchange on Tuesday.

Developers brought 72 acre-feet of east bench water rights from Spanish Fork, which wasn't much good to Mapleton officials, Spanish Fork City Attorney Junior Baker said. However it was valuable to Spanish Fork. Meanwhile, 72 acre-feet of water rights in an old well Spanish Fork no longer uses was valuable to Mapleton. So the two cities swapped the water rights.

Provo schools

Scott Cameron, who represents District 5 on the Provo School District Board of Education and who is serving as board president, will resign April 5 to serve a mission for the LDS Church.

Upon Cameron's resignation, the school board will have 30 days to fill the vacancy.

Applications for the position are due March 28 at 4:30 p.m. Individuals living in the district who are interested in the position should submit a letter of intent and supporting materials to Superintendent Mike Jacobsen.

Spanish Fork

The City Council has approved selling the vacant land that once housed a city fire station.

The sale was approved following a closed-door meeting on Tuesday.

Insurance agent and developer John Smiley bought the 18,500-square-foot lot at 400 North and Main for $175,000. Smiley intends to build an insurance office there, City Attorney Junior Baker said. The fire station was razed a few years ago.

"He hopes to have it completed by fall," Baker said.

City officials encouraged Smiley to include retail spaces on both sides of the insurance office.

"We didn't mandate it," Baker said. "We just asked him to use his best efforts."


The City Council recently approved a contract for maintenance and planting of the city's flower beds that will likely save the city thousands of dollars.

Jill Wright submitted a bid for about $20,000 to plant 900 perennials, 1,500 six-pack annuals and 1,000 tulip bulbs. She also must keep flower beds weeded and fertilized.

Last year the city paid about $25,000 for the service. One bid submitted to the city was for $145,000. Some council members are concerned, however, that the 2,800 working hours required by the contract will be difficult to complete.

Utah County

A public hearing to discuss annexing a Utah County area on Traverse Mountain into the South Valley Special Service District in Salt Lake County has been rescheduled for April 10 at 9 a.m.

The meeting will be in Room 1400 of the Utah County Administration building in Provo.

The annexation is one of three options the County Commission may consider as a way to deal with the sewage collection and treatment for the SunCrest Development in the part of Draper that crosses into Utah County.