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City-Owned Cemetery Needs Work; City Promises A Fix

10:44 PM, Jun 12, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- It's been around for nearly a century, now some question whether the city is properly honoring those buried at Maplewood Cemetery.

Daniel Miller, an Indianapolis news anchor and former WFMY News 2 employee, has two grandparents buried at the site, and he's concerned about the way grounds crews are taking care of it.

"There were some people out mowing the lawns who told me the parks department is responsible for taking care of this property," said Miller. "And, I'm concerned that it looks like this."

What Miller is referring to are weeds growing around tombstones and flower arrangements thrown across the lawn.

He says he doesn't think the city is doing its best to honor the lost, or their families.

"I would hate to think my grandmother and grandfather, who are buried here, who worked hard on this city...to know that no one cared," he said.

WFMY News 2 reached out to the city of Greensboro for answers on this issue.

City spokesman Jake Keys told us the city isn't neglecting the graves - the problem is simply the cemetery's soil. Keys says the soil at Maplewood takes a long time to drain and even puddles after heavy rains, like the ones we had this past weekend.

Crews mow the lawn and clean the cemetery grounds every couple weeks, but the rain knocked them off schedule a bit this week.

Keys promised the city would send a landscaping crew to mow the lawn and clean up Thursday.

WFMY News 2

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