FRUIT HEIGHTS — Mayor Todd Stevenson is “very, very pleased” with a House of Representatives vote Tuesday that would help Fruit Heights establish a cemetery on U.S. Forest Service land.
The Senate must also take action on the matter, but he expressed optimism it would receive a positive vote.
“We’re hopeful things will move forward quickly in the Senate,” Stevenson said, indicating he has been in contact with Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office.
“There was some concern by the Forest Service that we would not keep it in open space. We’ve assured them that’s not the case,” the mayor said.
The Senate could consider the issue in a Natural Resources committee meeting as early as next week, he said.
“We appreciate a lot of hard work on behalf of Fruit Heights on the part of Rep. (Rob) Bishop and his staff,” Stevenson added.
The Fruit Heights Land Conveyance Act would transfer 100 acres of Forest Service land to the city. Neighboring Kaysville has told Fruit Heights its residents can no longer be interred in that city’s cemetery.
“I am pleased Fruit Heights is one step closer to having a local cemetery,” Bishop said. “Having over 65 percent of land in Utah owned by the federal government poses some unique challenges for cities like Fruit Heights.”