Pillsbury Cemetery Expansion Funding Approved by Council

People are dying to get in. And that’s no joke.

In its Dec. 5 meeting, the Londonderry Town Council approved a request from Administrative Support Coordinator Steve Cotton to withdraw $34,580 from the Capital Reserve Fund for the Pillsbury Cemetery Expansion in order to fund engineering services for the cemetery’s Phase III expansion. The planned addition of 600-plus plots will serve the needs of baby boomers, and possibly their offspring, for years to come.

Cotton told the Council that of the eight cemeteries in town, only one, Pillsbury, had any available plots. The cemetery was last expanded in 2010, and at that time was seeing eight to 12 plot sales a year. In FY 2016 the town saw 18 plot sales, and for FY 2017 they are already at 24, Cotton told the Council.

“We have an inventory of 90 available plots,” he said.

The land is there, an adjacent piece donated by the Woodmont Commons developers, Cotton said. The engineering work is estimated at a five-phase project resulting in 622 double plots, which can take the town through another 20 years, he said.

The project would begin with an engineering study estimated at $34,580, Cotton said.

The Council unanimously approved the withdrawal of funds for the engineering study.

In other business, the Council also approved Cotton’s request to withdraw $27,874 from the Expendable Maintenance Trust for the following projects: overhead door at the DPW garage, $4,225; concrete pad at the fuel farm, $8,200; Hot Edge Roof Ice Dam at the Police Department, to prevent icing-up at the three entrances, $8,340; and stair treads and landing replacements at the Town Hall, $7,019. The Council unanimously approved this request.

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