It’s been too long since I’ve given an update on what’s going on at the cemetery…as always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
This week is spring cleaning at the cemetery. You can find more details on the city website.
I know certain readers are concerned about the cemetery barn, and I am as well. We’ve been waiting quite a while (at least as long as I’ve been on the commission) to get a structural assessment of the barn. The barn is in rough shape, and has been for some time.
At tomorrow’s (April 2) meeting, we will get a report from our design consultant (Harvey). I’ll post it within the next few days.
Openings on the Commission
According to the city website, there are two openings on the commission for residents of D2 and D3. If you have an interest, please apply.
Trust Fund Balance
Once a year, the city treasurer reviews the balance of the cemetery’s perpetual care trust with the commission. I’ve posted the documents we received to Google Docs. Note that the perpetual care trust will be paying the debt service on the cemetery’s administration building until 2020. (You can see the schedule on the “Hope Administration Building” tab.)
The Friends of Hope Cemetery have proposed installing some interpretive markers (similar to those you can see in front of Salisbury Mansion or at the Korean War Memorial) to let visitors know more details about historic areas and graves of note. The first marker will be about the reburials from the Mechanic Street Cemetery. The prototype we saw was really great, and I’ll let you know when this (and subsequent markers) are installed.
As you may know — especially if you have a loved one who was recently buried at Hope — we do not currently allow new shrubs to be planted (though existing shrubs have been grandfathered in). This has been an item of some discussion at our meetings. In the early summer, we will revisit this, and some commissioners may take a day to experience the maintenance requirements at the cemetery (= mowing lawns all day) and evaluate whether our current policy on shrubs is worth revising.