Disagreements remain over rates for new wastewater treatment facility

It is mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency and Logan Mayor Craig Petersen says a new wastewater treatment facility will cost around $110 million. Petersen told members of the Cache County and Logan Municipal councils at a joint meeting on Tuesday that six cities, along with Logan, are involved.

Those on the north are Hyde Park, North Logan and Smithfield with Providence, Nibley and River Heights on the south. Until now, Logan City has been running the program alone but Petersen said with the new plant the other cities want to have more say, especially when it comes to rates.

“Logan City has proposed that we form a rate setting committee. That committee would have authority over rates,” Petersen said. “Our proposal would be that it would be a committee where the voting would be weighted relative to the amount of flow or revenues.

“The reality is that would give Logan the majority of the vote. We would have more votes than the other six cities combined. The cities, I think, are a little bit reluctant to accept that at this point.”

Petersen said once it is completed rates are expected to be increased by $10 to $15 a month. Although a site has been selected, he said there is still a great amount of work to do and the city has asked for an extension beyond the 2017 deadline.

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