City: Issues At Maplewood Cemetery Not About Neglect

11:30 PM, Jun 13, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Wednesday, we introduced you to a man who was concerned about the upkeep at a Greensboro cemetery. Well, WFMY News 2 spoke with a city official Thursday who says Greensboro isn't neglecting Maplewood Cemetery.

"First and foremost, our commitment is to the residents," said Parks and Recreation Director Chris Wilson. "If something's not going right, we want to address that, but we also don't want to trade one issue for the other."

That other issue is mowing the cemetery's lawns or landscaping on the property too quickly after rainfall. 

Crews had been holding off on maintenance at the cemetery as water from the recent storms drained from the soil.

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As city officials promised Wednesday, landscaping crews spent the afternoon cleaning up the cemetery before Thursday's storms swept through the Triad.

And, although the process might have taken longer than some would have liked, Wilson says he has more than one responsibility when it comes to city properties.

"We do our very best to talk to the residents and address their concerns," he said. "We give them a schedule and let them know how we're going to address it, just to let them know that it's certainly not being neglected. It's just a matter of making sure that we do the right things for our facilities because, remember - we're resource protectors as well."

Wilson says the problem with the cemetery is its terrain. Maplewood essentially sits at the bottom of two hills, so when it rains, the cemetery holds a lot of water. And, that can cause problems when it comes to mowing the lawn.

WFMY News 2

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