FRUIT HEIGHTS — Utah's congressional delegation in Washington is hoping to give federal land to the city of Fruit Heights.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah and representatives Rob Bishop and Christ Stewart, both Utah Republicans, are hoping to get 100 acres of land transferred from the U.S. Forest Service to the city for a cemetery, according to a press release from the Utah congregational delegation office.
Fruit Heights has been using plots in a Kaysville cemetery, but soon will be unable to do so, according to the release.
“Over 65 percent of the State of Utah consists of federal land, and therefore there is a finite amount of state and private land available to communities on which they can expand and grow,” said Bishop in the release. “This poses unique challenges for communities like Fruit Heights, which currently has no local cemetery and is no longer able to rely on surrounding communities. With no other place to go, this small plot of forest service land is really the only option as they look to address their growing needs.”
Similar legislation introduced last year was not voted on, according to the release.