The Town of Afton is looking for some good solutions to difficult situations at the Afton City Cemetery. From plot lines to placement of headstones a series of problems are becoming more and more difficult to manage, according to Josh Peavler, public works director for the town. “We are going to have this cemetery surveyed and staked so that we can start putting graves where they are supposed to go,” said Peavler. “We will shoot off of some existing stakes, there are a few out there, and we will look at where graves are rather than the stakes in some places and work from there.”
According to Peavler, the issues the town is now experiences at the cemetery have been a long time in the making. Graves in the Afton Cemetery date back as far as the 1800s.
During winter months, moving snow and dealing with frozen ground also resulted in some graves being put in the wrong places. Placing stakes will help cut down on that possibility, Peavler said.
The town will also be taking a look at headstone requirements for the Afton Cemetery.
Right now the town is working to gather information from cemeteries around the area as far as what headstone requirements, if any, are in place in other areas.
No decisions have been made by the town at this time regarding whether or not headstone requirements will be changed for the Afton Cemetery.