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The Times
  • Mohawk board discusses cemetery care

  • Plans for care of the village's cemeteries were discussed at Monday's meeting of the Mohawk village board.



    The board accepted awarded a contract for lawn care at the village cemeteries for the season. Kubecka's Lawn and Landscaping, Ilion, submitted a $29,500 bid and offered one cleanup in the spring and two in the fall as well as 15 mowings.

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  • Plans for care of the village's cemeteries were discussed at Monday's meeting of the Mohawk village board.
    The board accepted awarded a contract for lawn care at the village cemeteries for the season. Kubecka's Lawn and Landscaping, Ilion, submitted a $29,500 bid and offered one cleanup in the spring and two in the fall as well as 15 mowings.
    Mayor Jim Baron said the contractor is hoping to begin cleanup work next week and would like to keep his bigger mowers at the cemetery garage. He will also trim overgrown shrubs.
    For foundations for headstones and repairs to monuments, the village will contact Jason Cacciatore, of Enea Memorials. Wheelock said his department will open and close the graves at a cost of $175 each. If a burial must be done on a weekend, it would be up to the family making the request to pay an additional fee to cover the overtime costs. Wheelock said he is requesting at least 48 hours notice prior to a burial.
    Irene Sweet, of the cemetery commission, pointed out that the village has no cemetery workers this year and asked who would be in charge of marking out the grave sites.
    Sweet also said the roof on the garage has been losing shingles.
    “We should get quotes on that,” said Trustee Kathy Eisenhut.
    The board approved Village Clerk Judy Bray's request for an Adobe program that would enable village officials to edit a scanned document. It would also be available for other village departments, she said.
    Trustee George Cryer asked if the village board could do something to encourage residents to repair the sidewalks in front of their properties, perhaps by having the village pick up some of the cost.
    “Why pick up any of the cost?” asked Village Attorney Karl Manne. He said villages typically solicit bids for the work and contractors offer a cheaper cost per sidewalk block because of the anticipated volume.
    “It gives purchasing power to the residents,” he said. “Village residents would deal directly with the contractor.”
    Jeremy Silverman, of Grant and Essential Management Services, discussed grant opportunities for the village. The village was awarded a $22,500 grant in January to design and construct a kayak launch. He suggested seeking a HealthNet grant for a trail in that area or for a playground.
    He also suggested looking into developing strategies for a Brownfield Opportunity Area, possibly partnering with the town of German Flatts.
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