December 8, 2011
City Approves Land Purchase for Cemetery Expansion
After pursuing a number of options for the future expansion of the Memphis Cemetery, the city council on December 1st, approved a contract to purchase 20 acres of ground adjacent to the site.
The board of aldermen voted 4-0 to enter a contract with Davis and Melinda Burrus to purchase 20 acres that connect to the southwest corner of the current cemetery grounds. The contract price of $100,000 will be paid with existing cemetery maintenance funds.
A gracious gift to the community from the Baker family has left a perpetual maintenance fund for the cemetery. Interest from this fund is earmarked for maintenance at the facility as well as for upkeep and expansion of the grounds.
A closing date will be scheduled prior to December 31st to finalize the purchase.
The city had been considering options for the expansion of the cemetery as available burial sites were projected to be expended in the next few years.
The cemetery currently covers approximately 28 acres with an estimated 5,000 burial sites.
With a projected maximum 800-900 burial sites available per acre, the purchase should secure the cemetery's needs for many decades.