HUNTSVILLE -- Mountain Sewer Corporation, which is the focus of a state complaint, is under new ownership, according to Weber County Commissioner Jan M. Zogmaister.
Ray Bowden, a member of the Wolf Creek Sewer District board, recently acquired Mountain Sewer from Dr. Ronald Catanzaro, said Zogmaister.
Zogmaister said she recently met with Bowden and is impressed with his plans for Mountain Sewer.
"I felt very positive that he should be given the opportunity to make good on every one of his promises," she said. "We (county commissioners) are counting on it, as are the citizens up there."
Bowden faces an expensive task in repairing and maintaining infrastructure and ensuring that Mountain Sewer is complying with state requirements, Zogmaister said, adding, "He is going to have to invest money to do it."
Neither Bowden nor Catanzaro could be reached for comment. Information about how Bowden acquired Mountain Sewer was not available.
David Smith, Marsha Smith, Dawn Martell, Bob Kimball, Frank Cumberland and Larry Zini have filed a complaint against Mountain Sewer with the Utah Public Service Commission.
Zini said Bowden seems to have a good plan for the future of Mountain Sewer.
"He seems to be a sincere guy and wants to do right by Mountain Sewer," he said. "But we don't want to be the people who pick up the tab for any failure to maintain equipment and properly collect sewer fees."
Julie P. Orchard, a spokeswoman for the Public Service Commission, said Mountain Sewer officials have indicated they plan to file for a rate increase today. A joint hearing on the rate increase request and the complaint will likely be held by the commission within a month, she said.
Mountain Sewer serves 121 customers in Lakeside Village, The Summit at Ski Lake and Edgewater Chalets, Zini said.
The complainants are asking the commission to inspect Mountain Sewer to prevent a recurrence of flooding problems that occurred the night of March 16.
They also want Mountain Sewer to upgrade several lift pumps to handle sewage during peak periods and to stop dumping raw sewage into manholes in the Summit at Ski Lake, Zini said.
The complainants also have asked the Public Service Commission to audit Mountain Sewer's financial records to determine if charges to customers and prospective customers have been proper and uniform.
They contend Mountain Sewer has attempted to charge disparate connection fees to new users that are lower than those charged to existing customers without obtaining permission from the Public Service Commission.
Catanzaro has said that a Utah Department of Transportation storm water grate near old Snowbasin Road and State Road 39 became plugged with debris March 16, causing water to flow into a nearby sewer manhole that had been breached, possibly by a snowplow.
The water entering Mountain Sewer's system overwhelmed pumps and two pumper trucks, causing sewage to overflow from a containment area into some Lakeside Village condominiums, he said at the time. Pumps were also clogged by rags and other items that had been flushed from condos, Catanzaro said.