Plain Township trustees plan to continue improving Maplewood Cemetery on Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road.

Plain Township trustees plan to continue improving Maplewood Cemetery on Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road.

In previous years, trustees planted flowers and trees and installed brick columns at the cemetery entrance. In 2010, they added wrought-iron fencing at the entrance at a cost of about $40,000.

Trustees decided at their Jan. 19 meeting that their next priority is repairing the cemetery's roads.

"There is pavement on the roads in various stages of age," said Plain Township administrator Ben Collins. "Most need rebuilt and are in pretty bad shape."

Collins said trustees had received an estimate of $190,000 in April 2010 to rebuild the roads, but he is anticipating that will increase to more than $200,000 this year.

Trustee Dave Ferguson said one of the considerations is determining which roads would be designated for truck traffic.

Collins said the maintenance department's building is in the cemetery and trucks hauling salt, dirt and mulch drive to and from that building. Trash trucks and recycling trucks also need access to the maintenance building.

"We need to design a route through the cemetery that might have more heavy duty construction," Collins said.

The cemetery roads are all linked: Four roads run east and west and two run north and south.

Trustee Dave Olmstead asked if core samples had been done to determine what base lies beneath the roads.

Collins said some core samples were taken last fall and others will be requested next month.

Ferguson asked about plans to open the southwest corner of the cemetery for more plots, which would require the addition of another road.

Collins said there are plans for adding more plots in the future but building the road may require additional design work or engineering.

"That section has not been opened for use yet but there are plans to put a road in before the grave sites are open," Collins said.

Trustees agreed to add that as an option to determine the cost when bidding the road project.

Township fiscal officer John Brandt said it would be cheaper to build the new road at the same time if the construction equipment already was on site.

When asked how the road repairs could be paid for, Brandt said some gas-tax revenue could be used for the main road. The rest would have to be paid with regular township funds.

Collins said the cemetery fund would not cover the cost since it only collects revenue through plot sales.

Ferguson also asked if there was any possibility of moving the cemetery plot sales office from the maintenance facility to the township administrative offices on Second Street. Collins said the township is reviewing that option.

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