Weeds and dried out patches of dirt have taken over the Vernon Cemetery grounds.

Weeds and dried out patches of dirt have taken over the Vernon Cemetery grounds.

Vernon mayor not impressed with cemetery conditions

Staff will bring forward recommendations for possible upgrades

Vernon’s mayor admits the Pleasant Valley Cemetery doesn’t look so good.

The city is assessing the current condition of the cemetery prior to the May 24 council meeting.

“Someone came in and said the conditions weren’t what they should be. I went out and took a look and decided he was right,” said Mayor Akbal Mund.

“There were a lot of weeds. A lot of it looks like a desert landscape. It shouldn’t look like that.”

Mund says the public expects a high level of landscaping at the cemetery, particularly among those who have loved ones interned there.

In 2015, city staff addressed an expected reduction in revenue at the cemetery by cutting irrigation by $18,400.

However, public complaints arose and in the 2016 budget, council added $28,000 to increase irrigation at the cemetery.

“We put more money in so the last thing we need is people saying, ‘Where is it?'” said Mund.

On May 24, city staff will bring forward recommendations and cost estimates for improvements and upgrades to address weed control and repair damaged turf areas.

Mund doesn’t believe significant additional money will be required to bring the cemetery up to sufficient standards.

Contractors and city staff have been performing regular maintenance at the cemetery and the irrigation system is currently operating after undergoing several repairs during the spring irrigation start-up.