Cemeteries in Springwater will have the support of the town next year. On Monday, the Springwater Town Council allocated $20,000 in its tentative budget for 2011 to cemetery maintenance.


The decision comes after cemetery associations approached the council last month to renew a request for funding.

Cemeteries in Springwater will have the support of the town next year. On Monday, the Springwater Town Council allocated $20,000 in its tentative budget for 2011 to cemetery maintenance.


The decision comes after cemetery associations approached the council last month to renew a request for funding.


Several cemetery associations asked the board to help cover mowing costs to help the associations stay solvent, asking more than $10,000 in funding from the town.


Each association related the same story: each has a perpetual fund required by the state, in some cases totaling tens of thousands of dollars. But that money is restricted and can’t be used for operations.


“We’ve got four years left before we’ll be obliged to surrender the cemetery to the town,” said Antionette Thompson, representing Ashley Cemetery.


A law passed in May encourages towns to support cemeteries and opens the door for direct funding. But heeding advice from their attorney, the town council agreed the better option would be for the town to bid the mowing of all the cemeteries and pay a contractor directly.


Initially budgeted at $6,000 for 2011 the council increased the amount for cemetery maintenance to $20,000. in addition to helping fund mowing at association-managed cemeteries, the town plans to also maintain five other cemeteries.


The town’s budget hearing is scheduled for Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. The budget is largely the same as last year, with expected increases for labor. Among the newly budgeted items is $27,000 for demolition of unsafe buildings, $160,000 for an excavator and an increase of more than $23,000 for fire protection services.


(Contact Les Bowen at 585-335-2271 or lesbowen@dansvilleonline.com.)