Pardon our mess: Westview Cemetery

Sunday, June 1, 2014 8:04 PM
Last updated Monday, June 2, 2014 12:40 AM
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WHERE: Westview Cemetery, 2051 Division St.

WHAT: Weeds, missing sand and broken brick at grave sites

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities provides perpetual care at all city cemeteries.

ACTION PROMISED: While crews are applying herbicide to the sand plots and attempt to keep the grass cut and weeds at bay, “perpetual care” means, at best, “routine maintenance,” according to Darrell Bennett, the city parks operations supervisor.

“It doesn’t mean new sand, new dirt, (or) every time a brick falls off” it is replaced, Bennett said.

While the department once had three, a single prison crew now assigned to cemeteries five days a week is insufficient to keep the cemeteries maintained, he said.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 06/01/14 - 10:21 pm
Agent Orange

How about applying a little Agent Orange once a month?

Or maybe Napalm?

geecheeriverman 06/02/14 - 05:31 am
Always been a problem

Westview has always been a problem. I have relatives buried there, and it is hard to get anything done. Most of the time you will find one person at work there, and usually sitting in the office doing nothing.

historylover 06/02/14 - 11:25 am

My question to the Augusta Recreation Department is why would bricks and tombstones not be repaired? If the wall fell down at Diamond Lakes, wouldn't they fix it? I will be personally contacting the necessary people to see about this being rectified.

Little Old Lady
Little Old Lady 06/03/14 - 08:26 am
Tongue in Cheek

LL I got your tongue in cheek comment. Apparently some did not. This city owned cemetery has always been a problem.

The tombstones and brick walls are the responsibility of the plot owners. The city is supposed to take care of weeds, grass, etc. They don't even do that.

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