West Bountiful, which needs Bountiful water to meet fire protection requirements for a new shopping complex, is in luck.
The Bountiful City Council voted 3-2 to allow West Bountiful to continue tapping into a Bountiful water line for five years in order to satisfy fire insurance underwriters' demands for water service in case of an emergency at the ShopKo development.The council changed its decision of April 11, when it voted 3-2 to allow the tap for only three more years.
West Bountiful Mayor Carl Johnson and the city engineer told Bountiful Mayor Bob Linnell that they would need at least five years to improve their water service to meet the need at the development.
Linnell agreed and told the Bountiful Council, "It would cost us nothing. In the spirit of neighborliness, it is my recommendation that we honor their request."
The shopping complex - which will include the largest ShopKo in Utah as well as theaters, restaurants and a supermarket - is being built on West Bountiful and Bountiful land between 500 West and the freeway and between 500 South and Center Street.
Bountiful will provide power to the complex while West Bountiful will provide sewer and water services.