She claimed that three of the city council members back the name change, enough of a majority of the group's five voting members to make it happen. Mayor Kay Briggs, although he would have a vote only in the case of a tie, also seemed favorable to the proposal, Baskin said.
The city represents three segments: commercial, residential and industrial, she said. "The name North Salt lake focuses on the industrial. That's not what the city is about."
A name such as Eaglewood would only reflect one residential area of the city, while Orchard Hills could better reflect the entire community, Baskin said.
The Orchard Hills name was actually originally proposed for the area as early as 1879, Baskin said, noting a local postal official's response to the possible name change was, "It's about time."
"We already have our own zip code, but the name North Salt Lake causes confusion," she said.
Because a name change could have economic impact on businesses in the city, Baskin said a two-year transition period could be allowed for them to change any name-applicable signage or stationery, for example.
"A vote was held in 1981 to change the name to Orchard Hills. It failed by only seven votes," she said.
"I've been a resident of North Salt Lake since 1988, and I've experienced no problems" in receiving mail or otherwise, said Steve Rawlings, county/clerk auditor, who attended the legislative affairs meeting.
However, Baskin said city manager Collin Wood has expressed opposition along with Todd Johnson, general manager of Best Western-CottonTree Inn, claiming the hotel benefits from those who believe it is tied to Salt Lake City.