Stormy weather didn't dampen the spirits of East Juab County residents, who broke ground for the natural-gas system that will service Nephi, Levan, Mona and Juab County.

Officials from each of the communities and from Juab County gathered at 900 North 100 West in Nephi on Thursday to hear speeches and pick up shovels for the kick-off event, which will culminate with natural gas service by September 1991.Golden Mangelson, project director, acting as master of ceremonies, said the transmission project is the first phase of a $4.6 million project.

"This is a history-making day," said Mangelson.

Contract bids for individual gas distribution systems will be opened Monday, said Mangelson, and a contract will be awarded soon after. Distribution systems are due to be completed by Sept. 16.

Park Acres Construction Co., Salt Lake City, is the general contractor for the transmission project, and Sunrise Engineering Inc., Fillmore, is the engineer.

Nephi Mayor Robert Steele stressed the involvement of past city councils and mayors in securing natural gas delivery.

Mangelson said as a result of the pipeline, residents will save $4 million to $5 million in energy costs over the next 10 years and will be better situated for economic development.

The board of directors of the Juab Rural Development Agency Natural Gas Transmission System includes Mangelson, chairman; Levan Mayor Robert Sherwood; Mona Mayor Von Rosquist; Steele Mayor Greg Newton; Juab County Commissioner Joseph Bernini; Juab engineer Randy Freston and Gordon Jarrett, secretary.