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Kenai officials plan expansion for city cemetery

March 10, 2018

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — With only 20 burial plots remaining, the Kenai city’s cemetery will have to expand, according to city officials.

The city council on Wednesday appropriated funding for an engineering firm to develop a work plan for the expansion. The nearly 10-acre cemetery will expand to a 4-acre vacant lot across the street from the existing site, the Peninsula Clarion reported .

“It’s a project long overdue, and we’re pretty excited about it,” Kenai Parks and Recreation Director Bob Frates said.

The expansion project doesn’t have a timeline yet, but Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander said they’re “hoping to still have construction this season.”

The city is expecting to spend up to $260,000 on construction costs, which includes infrastructure, surveying grave plots, fencing and a parking lot.

The new cemetery site is planning to have about 350 standard burial plots, 180 infant plots and 360 plots for cremation urns, Frates said. The area surrounding the new site has also been designated for later expansions as needed.

“This will give us an opportunity to kind of coherently lay out the cemetery in the most logical order,” Frates said. “That’s one of the issues with some of the cemeteries throughout the state — these things were often times put in years and years ago, and you’ve got plots running in all kinds of funky directions.”

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Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, http://www.peninsulaclarion.com

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