The city of Blue Hill will transfer cremated stays that had been buried on the incorrect plot in a town-owned cemetery someday prior to now 12 months.
The cremated human stays — or cremains — had been buried at Seaside Cemetery someday prior to now 12 months with out the information of the city’s cemetery sexton, in response to Ellen Finest, chairman of the municipal choose board.
Whereas the city requires that caskets be buried in a vault, which entails both poured or pre-cast concrete being set into the bottom earlier than a burial takes place, cremains might be buried comparatively simply, she mentioned.
Cremains typically match right into a container concerning the measurement of a small field and might be buried by hand.
For the reason that city’s cemetery sexton, Robert Carter, spends a part of every winter in Florida, it isn’t troublesome for somebody to dig a gap and bury a field or urn of cremains on their very own with out being directed to the best spot, she mentioned.
The sexton must be concerned in making preparations for casket burials, so they’re much less weak to such confusion, she mentioned.
Carter found the error this spring when the household who buried the cremains contacted him about erecting a gravestone above them, she mentioned.
“He mentioned ‘that’s not your plot,’” Finest mentioned.
Carter and Blue Hill’s outgoing city administrator, Nicholas Nadeau, didn’t return messages searching for remark concerning the mix-up.
The city has determined to relocate the cremains to the right adjoining plot, and can foot the invoice, Finest mentioned. She mentioned she just isn’t certain how a lot it can value however given how simply they had been buried to start with, it shouldn’t be very a lot.
The city lately employed its first-ever public works worker, which can assist keep away from such confusion sooner or later.
Chris Kowalski, a former upkeep director at George Stevens Academy, began working for the city earlier this month. A part of his job will probably be to assist preserve the city’s three cemeteries — Seaside off East Blue Hill Street, Mountain View off Tamworth Farm Street, and the Previous Settlers Cemetery on Union Avenue, she mentioned.
The city used to contract out all of its public work providers akin to plowing and mowing however determined to rent somebody partly to get such work carried out extra rapidly when wanted, Finest mentioned, although she just isn’t certain if it can value lower than hiring contractors to do the work. Kowalski could possibly assist Carter hold tabs on cemetery burials, particularly when Carter is away every winter, she added.
“It’s essential to contact the sexton to search out out the place your plot is [before burying remains],” she mentioned.