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Land work adds plots to historic cemetery

Land work under way at Rose Hill Cemetery is expected to addover 100 new burial sites at the historic city cemetery, officialssaid.

Brookhaven Monument Company employees began the land reclamationwork in the cemetery in an area near High School Street andCongress Street Wednesday.

“We’re trying to get it where it’ll look good,” said David Pace,business owner.

Pace and cemetery supervisor Sid Kincade said the project wouldimprove several existing burial sites and provide for approximately125 more. An exact number is not known, pending plot layout for thereclaimed land.

“We don’t know how many yet,” Kincade said. “We’ve started doingsome map work.”

Kincade said the area getting attention now is low. Previously,he said grass cutting and other work often could not be donebecause of the wet ground following winter.

“It would stay wet down here in the spring until April,” Kincadesaid.

Pace estimated the city brought in 50-60 loads of dirt for theproject. And the weather has been cooperative lately, Kincadeadded.

“We had some decent weather the past few days so we could workit,” Kincade said.

Once the work is done, Kincade said he hoped to allow the landto settle until next spring. He and Pace said new sites could beused shortly, but they would need additional foundation work toaccount for settling.