Council approves sponsorship of canal projects

“This is only a beginning and there’s still a great deal of work to do.” That comment came Tuesday night from Keith Meikle, president of the Logan-Hyde Park-Smithfield Canal Company after the Cache County Council voted unanimously to be the sponsor for a $19.3 million canal improvement project.The vote came after a joint meeting of the Logan City and Cache County councils where the canal project was one of the issues discussed.In that meeting, Logan Mayor Randy Watts expressed concern about one of the alternatives adversely affecting Logan’s hydro plant.Asked about the problem, Watts told county councilmember Craig Petersen none of the alternatives would shut down the hydro plant, but could restrict its usefulness.”So many cubic feet of water will not now go through the normal process,” Watts said, “because it will be captured by putting that many second feet of water into that upper canal.”There are five different alternatives to be studied, including an option of doing nothing. The federal government would provide $19 million but there is still a 25 percent match that needs to be met by canal shareholders in order for the project to move forward.

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