WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Fruit Heights is one step closer to having its own city cemetery.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the Fruit Heights Land Conveyance Act (HR 993), which would transfer 100 acres of U.S. Forest Service land to the city of Fruit Heights in Davis County, say officials in the Washington office of Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah.
The land will be used to establish a cemetery for the city, which currently relies on neighboring Kaysville for burials, said Melissa Subbotin, spokeswoman for Bishop.
Because of the increase in Kaysville's population, Fruit Heights has been notified that its residents will no longer be interred in the Kaysville cemetery, Subbotin said.
The legislation must now be passed by the U.S. Senate.
"I am pleased that Fruit Heights is one step closer to having a local cemetery," Bishop said.
"Having over 65 percent of the land in Utah owned by the federal government poses some unique challenges for cities like Fruit Heights that must expand in order to meet growing needs."
Bishop said he is glad the House did the right thing for Fruit Heights and is hoping the Senate will recognize the importance of passing the legislation.