Commissioner Bruce Shepley told the commission Wednesday that although they may have found a proper storage shed to meet cold storage needs at Bellevue Cemetery, actually purchasing it may be a problem.
A Huffington Post article from 2012 tells a similar story of when residents of Hudson, N.Y., were up in arms when flags were disappearing from one of their cemeteries. However, after setting up some surveillance gear, they found a groundhog was the thief.
EDM Architecture engineer Jeromy Richardson and architect Tim Widman and interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan met with the commission on Tuesday to go over revamped plans that have brought the project under the $105,000 budget.
The Cemetery Commission finally received cost estimates for a possible storage facility at Bellevue Cemetery, however, all estimates are higher than the anticipated amount.
Interim Town Administrator met with the commission Thursday with the EDM report in hand that outlined three possible building scenarios, however, all were well over the $100,000 former town administrator Tony Mazzucco said it would cost.
Commissioner Bruce Shepley said the commission did give Mazzucco permission to begin the study and although they should have asked him where the money would come from to fund the study, it is still part of the project.
The town will use an engineering firm to gather cost estimates for expanding the Department of Public Works facility at Bellevue Cemetery.
The Cemetery Commission was asked to use funds to either replace or add on to the existing garage and after a tour of the grounds Monday, commissioners agreed to start moving the project forward.
The Cemetery Commission is taking the next steps in installing a new storage building at Bellevue Cemetery to replace the current shed that is falling down.
Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco requested the commissioners on Thursday plan a walk-through of the cemetery.
The Cemetery Commission may try to create a volunteer group to help clean up Maple Street Cemetery and stand fallen stones.
The Cemetery Commission visited both Maple Street and Bellevue cemeteries Thursday to survey the conditions of the Harrington and Plunkett mausoleums but were more concerned about the downed stones at Maple Street.
The Cemetery Commission has agreed that the veterans section in Bellevue Cemetery will remain veterans only — no spouses allowed.
"I was up there and I was reading a lot of those names and a lot of those people have been up there for years," he said. "I don't care if we had 20 acres, and personally, for me, it's hallowed ground and I am against it."
The Cemetery Commission may allow spouses buried in the veterans section of Bellevue Cemetery.
Commissioner Bruce Shepley asked the commissioners Tuesday during their monthly meeting what they thought about allowing spouses of veterans to be buried in the designated section where veterans are buried for free.