Columbarium arrives at Fountain Grove Cemetery | Local news


The city has approved rules for a new feature at Fountain Grove Cemetery.

A cremation niche, or columbarium, will be erected next year on the north side of the cemetery, Street Commissioner Bryan Tyson Engstrom told city council on Monday.

Mayor Carrie Schlade said a local funeral home requested the structure years ago, but due to weather issues and then the pandemic, the city postponed the project.

A cremation niche is a space above the ground to contain cremated remains. Schlade said the city will ensure the structure is well maintained and consistent with the rest of the cemetery.

According to regulations passed unanimously by the council, all doors will be made of the same material and will be engraved with the deceased’s legal name, date of birth and date of death. A military designation or other family mark may be engraved on the door, with the approval of the street commissioner.

The cost of using a cremation slot will be $ 1,250 for a person who was a resident of Bryan at the time of his or her death, or $ 1,300 for non-residents. The buyer will also be responsible for the engraving cost.

Flowers or any other element cannot be placed on or at the base of the structure.

Also on Monday, council approved two change orders for two road projects.

The total cost of pavement surfacing and repairs at Brunicardi Way has been increased by $ 4,204.52 for a final cost of $ 341,605.17.

Council also approved an increase of $ 8,233.40 for road replacement work along two blocks of Parkview Avenue and one block of Belmont Street after a discussion on the whether or not to impose financial penalties on the entrepreneur, M&M Asphalt d’Edon.

City engineer Brian Wieland said he was torn over the issue. On the one hand, the project suffered many setbacks, including a delay of around five weeks after workers found a gas service line that was not sufficiently buried, heavy rains that pushed work back further. further and illness issues among M&M staff. .

On the other hand, he said there were at least a few days where he thought the conditions were right but M&M didn’t work.

He said based on their deal, the city could penalize M&M up to $ 500 per day after the contract’s completion date, which was October 1.

Council members said they heard complaints from residents about the duration of the project, but ultimately voted unanimously to approve the change order as presented, without penalty. Council member Richard Hupe said he didn’t want the city to have a reputation for imposing penalties for no good reason, which could cause contractors to increase their bids for future projects.

City officials noted that now that the project is finally complete, the new stretch of road looks great. In fact, board member Judy Yahraus said the improvement made the rest of Parkview Avenue unattractive in comparison.

“Give me a few years,” Wieland said in response. “It’s going to be a bigger task. “


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