By Myrna Trauntvein
A project to improve the Mona City Cemetery will be done before schedule.
Everd Squire, director of finance, told the council that the project should be completed by the end of October. Squire has been overseeing the project on assignment of the council.
"The new section of the cemetery has been graded and one-half of the curbs are in," said Squire. "Part of the sprinkling system is in."
Bill Mills, mayor, said that the contractor had been under the impression that the work was to be done by November 1 and had been working to achieve that goal.
"The work was actually to be done by Thanksgiving," said Mills.
Dutson Supply, represented by Troy Painter, entered and won the project with a bid for $28,621.30 for their work.
The Mona City cemetery needed to be added to so that there will be enough room for future burials.
Early in the process, council members considered a map of the existing cemetery showing plots that had been used and plots that were still to be used.
There were also plots that could never be used because of burials on each side of the plot which have used more than their allotted space.
Therefore those plots are not wide enough for a standard burial.
The map the cemetery now uses was developed by the Squire family over years of service to the community.
Frank Riding, council member, who is also working on the project, had measured the proposed new area and found there was room for more sections to be added.
"The proposed lots will be bordered by a curb five to six inches wide and about one foot deep," said Squire.
A burial plot needs to be 42-inches wide and 100 inches long and there needs to be 18-inches on each side.
The new area will now allow approximately 50 rows of burial spaces.
Riding said that the area would be 335-feet long without a road. For the purposes of purchasing seed, there would be 300-feet that would need to be seeded.
Before the project, we had very few lots still available," said Squire.
The result is that there are now 240 more lots.
Burial plots cost $100 for residents of the community and $400 for non-residents.
"I do believe that, weather permitting, Dutson Supply will be done with the expansion project by the end of October," said Squire.