Cemetery seeks to add 500 burial lots.
WEST BOYLSTON - Mount Vernon Cemetery is running out of space, cemetery commissioners told selectmen this week.
Cemetery commissioners are seeking a vote at the annual town meeting next month to expand the cemetery by 500 lots.
The commission has already collected $153,481 for cemetery lots. An architect has estimated the expansion would cost $276,500, Mr. McCormick said.
Cemetery Trustee John F. McCormick III told selectmen Wednesday only 45 remaining cemetery lots are available. He said 108 lots were sold in the past four years. He said the town must begin expanding the cemetery now to have new lots available once existing lots run out in the next couple of years.
"We need the lots when people ask for them," Mr. McCormick said. "We can't just say, `Come back next week.'"
He told selectmen the Cemetery Department can do much of the work itself and plans to use only the money available. A vote at town meeting is required to expend the money. Selectmen voted unanimously to place the article on the town meeting warrant.
In other business, selectmen are considering Recycle Bank as an incentive to increase the town's recycling. Anthony Casella, a representative from Recycle Bank, told selectmen the program is a rewards service - similar to a credit card loyalty program - that gives homeowners rebates and discounts for recycling.
Selectmen took no action but said they will discuss it with residents at a public hearing next week to discuss pay-as-you-throw trash collection.
PHOTOG: T&G Staff/STEVE LANAVA
CUTLINE: Mount Vernon Cemetery has only 45 remaining burial lots available.