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Town of Wilna to take over second cemetery on Fort Drum

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CARTHAGE — The town of Wilna will take possession of another cemetery.

Cindy and Maynard Trombley came before the Town Council to turn over the Pierce Cemetery on Fort Drum to the town. Mrs. Trombley is the sole trustee of the family cemetery off Route 3A on Loop Road.

Town attorney Mark G. Gebo informed the Trombleys that they must turn over a simple deed and a map of the lots, as well as any assets, to the town.

Mr. Trombley said there are a few unused plots available and anyone wishing to use existing plots must have proof of ownership.

Town Supervisor Paul H. Smith said Fort Drum took ownership of all property except for the cemeteries within the current boundaries as expansions occurred. Fort Drum employees help to maintain the cemeteries, mowing three times annually, but the Trombleys said they and other family members have also done upkeep. According to Mr. Smith, Fort Drum representatives made a topographic map of the Pierce Cemetery years ago.

In April the town agreed to take control of a cemetery along Route 3 in Natural Bridge after caretaker Alfreda Morgan announced her retirement.

Mrs. Morgan has been affiliated with the Sand Hill Cemetery since 1961.

Mr. Smith appointed Councilman Daniel C. Nevills as cemetery sexton in June to oversee the operation of the Sand Hill Cemetery and the Pierce Cemetery once it is acquired. The Town Council agreed to sell any available plots in the new section of the Natural Bridge cemetery for $500 and not to sell any in the old section.

Mr. Gebo said the council will have to develop a certificate of ownership or deed for cemetery plots sold and set a fee schedule for grave openings.

He suggested the board check with other municipalities that operate cemeteries, such as the villages of Brownville and Philadelphia.

In other business, the Town Council decided to post a sign at the transfer station to prevent illegal dumping and post rules of use on the town website, http://wdt.me/CRvbuh. At the Avery Road transfer site, users will be asked to wait for the attendant and are reminded that construction debris, batteries, computers, electronics and household furniture are not allowed.

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