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Davis County

The North Davis County Sewer District will hold a special bond election Aug. 7 to determine if voters will approve $48.5 million in general obligation bonds.

The bonds will fund expansion of a treatment plant and collection system.

District manager Kevin Cowen said if the bond is defeated the district will gain the money through revenue bonds, which don't require a popular vote. However, the general obligation bonds will save the district about $1 million compared with the revenue bonds, Cowen said. The district doesn't anticipate any increases in user or impact fees but expects to pay off the bond through growth revenues. The bonds would be paid off over 20 years.

The district includes Roy, Layton, Clearfield, West Point, Sunset, Syracuse and Clinton. Only voters in those cities will vote.

Layton

One day after receiving its first notice of violation from the Environmental Protection Agency, Wasatch Energy Systems announced it will drop out of a lawsuit against the regulatory body.

Wasatch Energy — the special service district that operates a garbage incinerator for 15 cities in Davis and Morgan counties — sued the EPA after the federal agency set a surprisingly low standard for dioxin emissions late last year.

Dioxin is a byproduct of burning trash and has been termed a "known human carcinogen" by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In a draft proposal, the EPA had suggested that Wasatch Energy's limit be set at 123 nanograms of dioxin per dry standard cubic meter. However, after taking public comment on the proposal, the EPA set the limit at 60 nanograms.

Wasatch Energy had sued, saying the the cut was overly restrictive and that it worried that its new $7 million pollution-control system wouldn't be able to meet the 60 nanogram limit. But now incinerator managers are confident they can reach the new guideline and have no reason to continue with the suit, Wasatch Energy's executive director Nathan Rich said.

Magna

The Magna Water Co. is at a mandatory conservation level and can now levy a $25 fine for a third violation of that classification.

The new rule was handed down Tuesday by a vote of the improvement district, which serves more than 25,000 people. The first two violations bring a letter or visit from a Magna Water official. The goal, says improvement district manager Ed Hansen, is first to educate the homeowner.

The schedule is for odd-numbered houses to water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and even numbered homes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There is no watering on Sunday and no watering between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake dog owners have another place to let their pets romp free of leashes.

The grass at Herman Franks Park, 1350 S. Lake St. (740 East), has been fully "rehabilitated" after weeks of being off-limits.

The city needed to restore and improve the pasture, according to Public Services director Rick Graham.

South Salt Lake

A public hearing on a proposed $6.5 million bond is scheduled for July 11 at 7:15 p.m.

The bond will be used primarily to renovate the Columbus Center, which will eventually house the Salt Lake County Library. The expanded space will allow the library to be open full time, instead of the part-time hours the current South Salt Lake branch offers.

Copies of the bond proposal are available from the city recorder between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The recorder's office is City Hall, 220 E. Morris Ave.