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.
The Cemetery Commission is looking at the possibility of installing a columbarium for its cemeteries.
Cemetery Commissioner Bruce Shepley told the commission last Thursday that he would like to explore the possibility of installing a columbarium, a facility that houses cremated remains.
With the help of monument setters and dealers, the Cemetery Commission has cleaned up some rules and regulations in regards to monument installation.
Representatives from the Department of Public Works, Bellevue Memorials and Berkshire Monumental Works attended a Cemetery Commission meeting Wednesday to help the commission revise rules and regulations.
The Cemetery Commission has found an unexpected solution to its tree problem: a stand of trees right in Bellevue Cemetery.
Commissioner Jim Taylor had inquired about a tree farm when the subject had come up at a previous meeting. On Thursday, he reported there were trees available that could replace the dead trees in the cemetery.
The Cemetery Commission is looking to revamp the city's outdated and often contradictory cemetery regulations.
Commissioner Roger Eurbin said last week that he has asked the city solicitor to review the rules and regulations, which he felt were littered with contradictions.
"They don't agree," he said. "One says one thing and the other says something else."
The Cemetery Commission wants to be prepared for the newest in trend in funerals: green burials.
Green burials are legal in many states and have guidelines for the natural and environmentally friendly way to be buried.