The Winters Development Co. and the South Sanpete School District, which occupy adjacent areas in a centrally located city block, say they want to be good neighbors.
But they also agree that Manti Creek, as it traverses their block and serves as a boundary line, is a severe impediment to a good neighbor relationship because the creek is now where it wasn't in the pioneer era.When an American Indian raid destroyed the first grist mill at the mouth of Manti Canyon by fire, its successor was built behind the protective walls of the Big Fort, now the block that's home to the Winters, the school district and a dozen businesses. The stream bed was changed by a few feet or a few yards.
Randy and Stacie Winters, who have bought the old mill and are transforming it into a home and office, say the school district has built a warehouse that infringes on their property. It also interferes with their landscaping plans.
The district says the building was constructed only after a legal survey was completed to assure its correct location.
The Winters want a deed to come compensatory property. The district won't agree to that. Instead it has authorized a title search to locate the exact route Manti Creek once took on its way through town.
In the meantime, the district has planted a row of trees and will share the cost of a new fence with the Winters - all in behalf of a good neighbor policy.