A historic church building is slated to become a new city library, one of several capital projects that make up the bulk of the $3 million 1998-99 budget approved by the City Council.

The improvements double the budget from the current year. Mayor Keith Broadhead said the church was the first LDS Church built in Santaquin. That was in the early 1890s. The city bought it from the Assembly of God church.Broadhead said the $500,000 remodeling job won't start for at least a year. The city must first get a bond passed to pay for it, possibly in the upcoming November election, he said.

The library now occupies about 700 square feet in City Hall. The new library will measure about 3,000 square feet and is northeast of City Hall.

Improvement projects approved total $1.4 million, a growth of $1.3 million over the current year.

Included is a major road project. "We will tear up, regrade and rebuild about 32 city blocks," said Broadhead. The rebuild will encompass an area from 800 North to 800 South and include Center Street, and several east and west streets within that area.

Salaries and wages will jump nearly $60,000 with an allocation of $368,487. "Want to make our wages more comparable to other cities," said Broadhead. Included is funding for a new city building inspector. Public works and police are among those departments targeted for wage increases, some of which will be hefty to bring them in line with surrounding communities, Broadhead said. The budget for part-time wages will rise $28,784 to $118,883.

Officials also plan to purchase a new police cruiser, an ambulance and a car for the new building inspector. That budget rose from $126,550 to $155,455.

Unlike most Utah municipal budgets, the Santaquin budget doesn't balance but has a surplus $2,762. Broadhead said he would balance it if the state requested it.