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Volunteers waiting for city to mow tall grass at Troy cemetery at least once

| August 3, 2005 12:00 AM

To the Editor:

I write this letter as an upset volunteer. For two Saturdays in April, myself, my family and many volunteers raked and disposed of many years of pine needles at the Troy City Cemetery. After which, the cemetery looked very nice.

A week or so before Memorial Day, Mr. Hammonds came to my business and informed me that the cemetery would be mowed before Memorial Day. The cemetery was not mowed. We were told the mower broke down and also that time ran out, both stories were from different people so I do not know which is true.

Anyway, I thought that it would be mowed by now, but to my frustration it is not. When I asked about it, I was told that it may not be on the agenda to do this year because the city is busy with the other parks and what not.

I do understand that the city crew is spread very thin but we volunteers spent many hours up there to get it raked and it would be so nice if it was mowed to show the hard work that went into it.

Also, the noxious weeds are a disgrace. The orange hawk weed, daisy, and knapweed are in full bloom and ankle high. I would hope that a day can be spent on the mowing and weed killing at the city cemetery and let the other parks rest for awhile to get the job done.

I am very sad because this volunteer effort was part of beautifying Troy and honoring the historic city cemetery. It would be an embarrassment to have the cemetery listed as a historic site, because right now it is a disgraceful sight.

We volunteers would be very happy to see the cemetery mowed.

Lynette Rebo Gilbert Beito

Arlyne Beito