Fencing, landscaping improve cemeteries

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 11, 2011

Decorative fencing has already been installed at Marshall Cemetery. | Michele Gerlach/Star-News

Six hundred feet of decorative fencing has been installed in Marshall Cemetery, and similar fencing will begin going up in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery Monday.

Director of Leisure Services Dwight Mikel told the Andalusia City Council this week that the cemetery enhancement project is coming along nicely.

Earlier this year, with the help of area youth participating in a Disciple Now weekend program, new landscaping was installed in both cemeteries. Despite the drought, the plants seem to be flourishing, thanks to irrigation systems also installed.

“The landscaping looks good,” Mikel said. “It got settled prior to the drought.”

Mikel said a new contractor is taking over the fence project this coming week. Decorative fencing will be used on the entrance sides of both cemeteries and black vinyl-coated chain link fencing will be used on the back sides.

“By the end of the year, it should be right where we want it to be,” he said.

Mikel said city workers also have met with the principles of businesses who do work in the cemeteries, including vault and monument companies and funeral homes.

Mikel said resurfacing work has been completed in both cemeteries and sod work also is under way.