A local weatherman says he will continue referring to Bountiful as "City No. 7" on his nightly weather report until the Bountiful City Council votes to change the name of his street.
KUTV weatherman Mark Eubank has been fighting for a month to have the street he and the station's other weatherman, Barry Nielsen, live on changed from 1375 East to Thunder Mountain Road. Since July 27, when the council twice failed to act on a motion to approve the name change, Eubank has been referring to Bountiful by a number rather than a name on weather reports.During a speech at the city council meeting, Eubank said that Bountiful is a nice name for a city and it would be a shame if it was named something like "City No. 7."
Eubank said using the number for the city is only fair considering that 100 percent of the property owners on the street - all three - want the name change. Residents are even willing to have both the number and street name.
"I really haven't mapped out any strategy," he said. "Besides, we're the only place in the valley that broadcasts Bountiful tem peratures. I've waited 14 years to have a name on my street, I don't think it would be wrong to keep broadcasting `City No. 7' 14 years into the future."
When asked if he thought he is abusing his position in the media, he said, "I thought I was doing what the City Council wanted."
There is no sign on Eubank's street. The first 1375 East sign blew down, and Eubank, without permission, replaced it with a sign reading "Thunder Mountain Road." That too blew down and since has been found by city workers. They gave it back to Eubank, but he said he won't put it back up against the city's wishes.
He said he hopes he can sit down with the mayor and city attorney and work out a solution. He maintains that because Nielsen was the original subdivider of the street, he has a right to name the street. Because the necessary paperwork wasn't filed then, Nielsen doesn't have that right, City Engineer Jack Balling said.
City Councilwoman Barbara Holt said the City Council is not prone to change its mind, despite the city's name change on KUTV News.
There is no personal vendetta against Eubank, just an adherence to the city's ordinance calling for directional coordinates.