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The Town of Orchard City will not be going into the cemetery business.

By a vote of 4-0 on March 8, town board members rejected the idea of participating in some manner with management and operations of the Cory Cemetery.

Trustees declined to pursue the idea of a joint operating intergovernmental agreement with the county for responsibility for the cemetery. Mayor Ken Volgamore noted that under such an accord, the cemetery could end up becoming "a potential liability" to the town.

The Cory Cemetery District has been without a board of directors for six years. Management and operations have been overseen during that time by the District 2 county commissioner.

Although there are six members on the Orchard City Town Board, only four voted on the issue. Trustee Tom Huerkamp declined to vote saying he had been involved with cemetery management previously "for 26 years."

Trustee Dick Kirkpatrick declined to vote saying he has many relatives buried in Cory Cemetery. That comment prompted District 2 County Commissioner Don Suppes to suggest that since Kirkpatrick has many relatives buried in the cemetery he might then be willing to serve on the cemetery's board of directors.

In other business at its March 8 regular meeting, the Orchard City Town Board dealt with the following matters:

• Trustees agreed to add up to $4,880 additional to the town's 2017 budget for purchase of a pickup truck. Trucks being used by the town now are said to have too many transmission breakdowns, and so staff was given freedom to shop for a different brand of truck and at a higher price than was already provided for in the budget.

• Trustees approved replacement of an irrigation water filtering system used on the powerful pumps at Orchard City Park.

• The water committee recommended not to pay a repair bill for $1,786 presented by a private pipeline company; the water committee recommended not to reimburse a private pipeline company operating at Cedaredge for improvements because the correct town procedures were not followed in the project; and trustees approved a deal to sell a $9,000 residential water tap to Cherry Acres South as part of an expired multiple tap agreement.

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