Kenai council begins fund to maintain property

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2003

Having a nice, well-maintained place of residence takes effort and money, as anyone involved in home improvement projects knows.

The same holds true for the place of residence of loved ones' remains after they've passed away, and the city of Kenai hopes residents will be willing to contribute time and money to the beautification of that location, as well.

To that end, the city has established a cemetery donation fund for anyone wanting to contribute to the cost of upkeep and improvement of the cemetery.

The Parks and Recreation Com-mission discussed the idea of starting a donation fund and had the issue brought before the city council for its approval. At its July 16 meeting, the council, city attorney and city finance director gave the fund their blessing, with Mayor John Williams contributing the first $20.

Parks and Recreation Commis-sioner Dale Sandahl said there are several projects money from the fund could be used for everything from general maintenance to more major efforts, like installing a water source in the cemetery.

"There's so much to do at the cemetery to get it upgraded so it's a nice park and a wonderful place to visit that there's an endless number of projects," he said.

The commission plans to discuss several issues regarding the cemetery in its upcoming meetings, including beautification plans, maintenance issues and grave plot pricing. The commission's next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 in the council chambers at city hall, 210 Fidalgo Ave. Anyone interested is welcome to take part in the discussion.

"It's certainly a priority of the commission and has been to get that thing up to a standard and maintain that standard," Sandahl said. "... Our population's getting a little older here and everybody kind of wants a good-looking place for a final resting place, and that's what our aim is."

Anyone wanting to donate to the fund can mail or bring a contribution to city hall, specifying that it is for the cemetery fund.

Sandahl said in addition to donations, the commission is looking for volunteers to help maintain the cemetery. Church and community groups, businesses and individuals are all invited to lend a hand weeding, raking, picking up garbage and doing other general groundskeeping tasks.

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