Helper transforms construction dirt into sacred ground
It turns out that one byproduct of Helper's infrastructure rebuilding is being transformed into sacred space.
The byproduct is dirt left over from all the digging that has been going on. The sacred ground is an expansion of the city cemetery.
"I had no idea how much dirt it would turn out to be," said Public Works Director Gary Harwood. There was plenty to fill in an area that had been used for road salt and gravel storage beside the cemetery.
Harwood has not measured the additional area to get an exact surface area, but he said it will be enough for new plots and probably some restroom facilities.
There is grading and stabilizing work to be done to prepare the land.
In a related matter, Helper resident Louise Hamilton told the city council that she and a group of like-minded citizens want to do more to beautify the cemetery and its environs.
Hamilton said one thing that could be done while the roads are torn up is to plant trees along the road leading to the burial ground.
While the council was in full agreement with citizen involvement in beautification, council members Harwood, Jason Llewelyn and Robert Bradley advised that the short-term issues of public safety and the long-term concerns of maintenance and expense must be considered.