Vets cemetery work resumes

April 11, 2014 • Local News

Work will resume at the Gen. Douglas L. McBride-Roswell Veterans Cemetery next week as officials look to host a grand opening July 4.

Parks Superintendent Ken Smith told city councilors Thursday that he expected work to begin on laser leveling the grounds Monday. The project should cost $4,000.

“We’ve received $75,000 from the previous administration to install an asphalt curb and gutter, and an entrance the veterans cemetery,” Smith said. “To date, we have spent about $42,000 on an asphalt curb and gutter, and I have redesigned the 2-acre area for irrigation for the smaller [auth] area.”

Following the laser leveling, crews are expected to begin installing an irrigation system on the lot Thursday, Smith said. That process should take another six to seven weeks.

After the irrigation, crews hope to install sod on a large part of the area, but that depends on volunteers, Smith said.

“I have been handed this project from the previous administration and am happy to carry this forward,” Smith said. “I think it is a needed thing for our community.”

Councilor Jeanine Corn Best said those involved in the project would like to keep the public apprised of the cemetery progress.

“I want the public to be fully involved,” Corn Best said. “July Fourth is the opening date. It is what we projected. We will be putting veterans out in the cemetery, in the wall. We want everybody to be involved in that.”

Two walls that will have the capacity to hold remains of 200 veterans are expected to arrive in the near future, Corn Best said.

The walls will be delivered with a bit of flair.

An A&E television show, called “Shipping Wars,” has offered to deliver the concrete walls to the cemetery.

“It’s going to be very respectful to our veterans to do that,” Corn Best said.

The show will tape two versions, she said. One serious and respectful version, and one version, in which they will also have a ceremony to place a headstone in the cemetery for an alien.

“There is going to be a headstone for an alien,” she said. “You know what? It gets heads in beds to get tax dollars and shows our town off, and that’s the key.”

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