BOUNTIFUL -- City officials expect to spend as much as $72.8 million in the next decade on capital improvement projects.
City leaders recently updated their 10-year capital improvement plan, which maps out potential projects for the next decade and sets potential guidelines for infrastructure work and replacement.
Even though it was approved by the city council, the plan is not binding, according to City Manager Tom Hardy.
The biggest single capital expenditure in the plan is expected to take place in this fiscal year, when funding for a power plant project is completed at 300 South and 200 West.
City officials estimate the project will cost almost $25 million, with $15.4 million coming from a capital improvement fund.
Overall, the Bountiful Light & Power Department capital plan outlines $31 million in spending over the next 10 years.
One detail in the plan that drew the most attention during a recent meeting is project work with the water department. In fiscal year 2015, officials hope to spend $1.6 million on upgrades and the acquisition of a new water tank at Upper Maple Hills. The upgrades could bring about a potential increase in water rates, Hardy said.
Also on the radar for the Water Department is a project to replace the Millcreek Reservoir in fiscal year 2019, which is estimated to cost $1.3 million.
Besides water and power projects, the capital plan calls for $11.1 million in funding for street repair and maintenance over the next decade. There is also $7.5 million projected in costs for the city golf course, Bountiful Ridge, with an expenditure of $5.1 million in 2019 projected for replacement of the course's irrigation system.
As part of the long-term planning, replacement of equipment such as police cars and computers are also factored in capital improvements.