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By Rosemary Pollock

Wendover City Councils Want Merger Referendum

WEST WENDOVER, NEVADA -- Two city councils joined sides Thursday night in an unprecedented agreement to ask Congress to amend a proposed federal legislation that will give the citizens of Wendover, Utah and West Wendover, Nevada a vote in deciding if they should be a single community. Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, introduced a bill earlier this year to accomplish just that, but without a vote from local residents. West Wendover's lobbyist, attorney Marcus Faust, will draft the new amendment to Hansen's bill.

Divided only by a line on the map, the two towns are noticeably different. The vote would move Wendover, a town that is old, dilapidated, dusty and laden with a $7 million education debt, a few miles east and into West Wendover, Nevada. The Nevada side of Wendover is a neon oasis in the desert and often casts a pall of gambling, prostitution and liberal liquor laws into predominately Mormon, Utah.

The proposed legislation will allow up to 10,000 Utah acres to go into Nevada, although Wendover, Utah comprises only 3,500 acres. West Wendover Councilwoman, Viola Troyan is concerned about the division and the cost of incurring the Utah-side debt for an elementary school, water system and the Wendover Airport.

Earlier this summer Wendover, Tooele County, Utah, and Elko County, Nevada officials voted to support the federal legislation as it was originally written. However, the council took a second vote on Thursday and is now supporting West Wendover's concern over local approval. West Wendover Mayor Josephine Thaut does not expect anything to happen with the proposed legislation until sometime in 2002.


City councils seek vote on uniting Nevada, Utah border cities
Reno NV Gazette-Journal (AP) 8Sep01 T4
Associated Press
City councils seek vote on uniting Nevada, Utah border cities


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