Sac City Staff Say Cemetery Needs Repairs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 10, 2007

The site is Sacramento’s historic cemetery on Broadway. It was created in 1849 on land donated by John Sutter. 

"I think a lot of people don’t understand what a beautiful place the cemetery is." 

Marcia Eymann is with the Sacramento Archives and Museum Collection Center. She says volunteers have helped transform the cemetery over the last 12 years….from a rundown, vandalized site to an attractive area with manicured plots and even a rose garden. But there are still some issues… 

"The biggest issue is the irrigation system. Because of the force of the water they are causing damage to the monuments that are still there because that water wears down the storm. So what we need is a low pressure water system." 

Eymann also says aggressive squirrels and feral cats run rampant in the cemetery and cause damage. There’s also a mortuary chapel that needs repair.

On Tuesday, Eymann will ask Sacramento City Council members to approve a Cemetery Master Plan – a long range strategy for preserving the site.