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Cemetery mowing and maintenance for the summer of 2020

As the Rainier Cemetery District is staffed by only one employee and there is no funding this year to hire a temporary employee; the Sexton will be working alone again this year unless he has volunteers helping. For the majority of the summer, all twelve cemeteries will be mowed but, no trimming around the headstones and markers will be done. If there is time before a service is to be held there may be some trimming done in that area only. There can be no regular schedule because the Sexton does not know when burials or appointments in the office will need to be scheduled. Typically, cemeteries are mowed every other week until August when the grass slows down growing. There will be many dandelions and daisies during this time and when that is all that is growing; mowing will not be a priority. Please understand that the Sexton has more than 13,000 graves to maintain in the District which spans a large part of Columbia County. When one area is being maintained other areas are sure to be looking out of control and when a burial or office meeting comes up, no maintenance is being done. In addition to all of this, the equipment must be maintained as well, which takes time. You may visit a cemetery one day and it looks out of control and then it may get done the next day but when you return two weeks later, it looks out of control again. Thank you for your patience and understanding.