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Cemetery concerns prompt ordinance review

MABTON - Citizens’ concerns about the condition of the Mabton City Cemetery this past Memorial Day weekend have prompted the Mabton City Council to begin a review of the city ordinances regulating the use of the cemetery.

Councilwoman Vera Zavala said she had heard that some residents were being told they have to reseed their family member’s burial site, a claim which shocked the entire council.

“That is simply not okay,” said City Clerk/Treasurer Ret Stewart. “Whoever is handing out that information is completely in the wrong,” she told the council Tuesday night. She said she would be talking with the public works team immediately to clear up this issue.

Stewart said it is the responsibility of the city public works crew to handle all maintenance of the cemetery.

Families are only required to remove any flowers or other items from grave sites by Wednesday in order for city crews to mow on Thursdays, she explained.

Stewart encouraged the council to consider reviewing the cemetery ordinance in case these issues are not spelled out clearly.

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