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At the moment (summer 2019) we are addressing at least one out of three graves (far more than normal sunken volumes of one in five) showing a high need for additional soil (and time) resources. Some water table shifting is being observed even for grave sides older than 20+ years.
Parks are continuing to be engaged in maintenance of this area, but ongoing wet conditions is complicating the work, including leading to tracks of machinery, etc. in the area. The Town is limited by weather and soil conditions, and weather patterns are anticipated to remain wet for the near future.
New graves are covered over with gravel/dirt layer up to 1 foot below grade / finalized with black soil layer. These graves are then monitored for settling and topped off as needed.
With administration support, gravestone placement may be arranged and separately placed on undisturbed soil.
The seeding of grass will occur as per season and conditions requirements.
Older graves are monitored seasonally for settling and topped off as needed, in addition to re-seeding (grass) as required.
The Town also offers admin support connecting with the family to discuss actions regarding grave stones in the case of issues like sinking/breakage.
During the mowing of gravesites the observation of required top off of soil is referred to the Parks Supervisor to be taken care of. On average graves get topped up in the first ten years roughly bi-annually. During heavy rainfall periods the water table changes and will increase the amount of sites needing top up (to over one out of 5 graves).