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Question: Is there anything families can do to improve the upkeep of the Cemeteries?

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Families are welcome to do personal tending of the shrubbery planted at their loved one’s gravesite, but no outside major equipment or contractors may be brought into the Town’s Cemeteries.  We can all hope for … More

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Question: Can the funding model for Cemetery maintenance be changed?

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We are looking into modifying the funding model to add additional charges that would be immediately “expendable” by the DPW and putting those funds into a revolving fund instead of a trust fund. But with … More

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Question: What is the Town doing given this lack of funding for cemetery maintenance?

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With all the demands on the Town’s general operating funds, there are no good alternatives for the Town.  The DPW Director is trying to have DPW staff as available spend whatever time they can find … More

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Question: Who oversees the investment of the Perpetual Care Trust?

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The Perpetual Trust fund (valued in November 2010 at $749,460) is among 17 trust funds which are managed by the Town’s Treasurer, with assistance from an investment advisory committee comprised of three residents with extensive … More

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Question: What happened in 2009 and 2010? It appears that the cemeteries are only being minimally maintained?

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With the recession, interest rates on all kinds of investments have fallen below 1%, which then reduces the dollars available to the DPW for maintenance of the cemeteries.  The DPW generally does not spend all … More

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Question: Does relying on the interest earnings provide enough funding for proper maintenance of the Town

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No.   The Public Works Department typically requires about $60,000 annually to properly maintain the cemeteries and up until a few years ago the Trust generated about half of what is needed and the Town’s general … More

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Question: How is the $412.50 spent for the maintenance of the cemetery?

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The money is never actually spent by the Town.  Instead, the interest earnings from the investment of the Trust’s principal each year provides the funding for the improvement and maintenance of the Town’s cemeteries.  In … More

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Question: What happens to the $412.50 once it is received by the Town?

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The amount is paid over to the Town’s Treasurer’s office, which places the money in the Perpetual Care Trust Fund. The monies are then combined with all other perpetual care funds taken in by the … More

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Question: Where do the funds to maintain the Town

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For the most part, the funding comes from the price residents pay for a grave. The price for each grave ($551 as of 2010) sold by the Town has three components: $137.50 is for the … More

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