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Costs at Fort Bridger Cemetery discussed

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 24th, 2013


Pioneer Editor

FORT BRIDGER — Why, the Fort Bridger Cemetery Board was questioned Monday night, has the fees for opening and closing lots increased and the purchase of a trackhoe approved?

The questions came during the board’s regular monthly meeting. Normally scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, the meeting had been rescheduled due to illness.

Blaine Meeks, Mountain View, had recently buried his wife, LaDene. Meeks, a former member of the cemetery board, questioned the increase in opening and closing of the lots for burial at the cemetery. He also questioned the need of the recent purchase of a trackhoe by the cemetery. He was insistent the board could have used their backhoe as effectively the new trackhoe.

“My concern is to take care of the people of School District #4,” Meeks said. He also questioned the mill levy and said, in his opinion, the cemetery district would be required to implement a 3 mil tax levy to pay for the costs of operation. “In this economy,” Meeks said he thought the 3 mil levy was wrong.

Meeks also questioned why the land south of the county road that was donated to the cemetery by the Dahlquist family had not seen any improvements in the few years he hadn’t been on the board. His contention was, the money spent for the trackhoe would have been better utilized in improving the last addition to the cemetery and preparing it for graves.

Meeks said, the board had looked at purchasing a trackhoe several years ago, when he was on the board. The cost, at that time was $48,000, and the board determined the money could be better spent for the cemetery as it already had a backhoe and the trackhoe would sit 90 percent of the time.

During questioning, it was noted the second-hand trackhoe purchased approximated three months ago cost the cemetery $52,000. However, board members said it was more versatile and could be easier manipulated between headstones.

For the complete article see the 12-20-2013 issue.

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