Photo by Nick Worth
Grader operator Pat Baca and bucket loader operator Mike Young started work on the expansion of the Holbrook Cemetery last Thursday. According to City Manager Ray Alley, the cemetery will be expanded to the east up to the edge of the access road into the city equipment yard, providing another 150 to 175 plots. “We’ll take down the high chain link fence once the grass is established,” said Alley. He said a permanent block wall would then be built along the entire east side of the cemetery. “That will be as far as the cemetery will go to the east,” Alley said. He also noted the old house at the southeast corner of the cemetery will be torn down as one of the properties included in the city’s Brownfields abatement grant. “We have to go through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as part of that,” said Alley.