Following a joint session which saw East Carbon and Sunnyside officials iron out many of their differences and move forward on multiple projects, the East Carbon City council convened Tuesday evening to formally legislate multiple issues.
"We didn't get all of our budget situation taken care of but we made significant progress concerning the cemetery project," explained council member David Maggio.
Prior to their public session, the East Carbon Council came together for a work meeting which allowed for full discussion of the city's current cemetery project with newly hired firm Jones and DeMille Engineering.
The crew at Jones and DeMille took over the project when East Carbon officials became concerned about financial differences with the cemetery's original engineers at JUB.
During said meeting, the engineers unveiled several complete digital layouts for the council to review.
"It was great to be able to see the full digital projection of what the cemetery will look like upon completion," said council member Barbara Robinett.
After looking at four possibilities, the council was able to come to a unanimous decision concerning the best option.
"This third proposal has what we are looking for aesthetically," she continued. "The turnabouts, the layout and the landscaping had everything we were looking for."
The only sticking point concerning the Jones and DeMille plan centered around the proposed dimension of the graves. According to council member Maggio, it is important that the graves be planned at 12 feet long, not the 10 foot plots outlined by the engineers.
"By plotting 12 foot graves we provide the space needed for mechanized digging at the cemetery," said Maggio. "We don't plan to dig these graves by hand and the machine needs the extra space so that stones don't get in the way of new digging."
With that single caveat, the East Carbon Council voted to move forward with the engineer's design. While Jones and DeMille won't begin work until spring of next year, East Carbon and the local partners at ECDC have already begun preparing the site.
"Weather permitting, ECDC machinery will continue clearing and grubbing the cemetery property," explained Maggio. "We will also work to locate and tie into the water lines running through that section."
The approved Jones and DeMille plan call for 1,412 plots to be dug in four quadrants during the project's first phase. An additional 1,392 are planned for phase two of the project which will be coming forward when funding permits.
The completed cemetery will have nine full turnarounds which are fully landscaped. This element while pleasing to the eye is also logistically important as it allows for easy navigation of the property in a vehicle.