City Says Ball Fields Proper For Cemetery Ground

City vows to include letter with deed saying land is ultimately for cemetery use

NEBRASKA CITY – The Wyuka Cemetery Board is preparing for a March 13 meeting where the city is expected to discuss plans to build playing fields on cemetery expansion land.

In a letter to the cemetery board, the city proposes construction of soccer, t-ball and softball fields, as well as a bathroom, road and parking lots.

Letter: “We want to once again stress and re-assure each of you that everything that we are proposing for the use of this property is in full light and with the absolute understanding that one day this property will be utilized, ultimately, for the future growth and expansion of Wyuka Cemetery.”

The city says a document will be kept at the county register of deeds office that states that the land is for cemetery expansion.

The letter says $350,000 in city cemetery funds could be used to help construct new restrooms and roads at the location, but would not be used for playing fields.

City Administrator Grayson Path said the deed records for the land do not restrict it for cemetery use only.
Path: “It very well could be converted into some other public use, deemed appropriate by the city council.”

A 2002 cemetery plan designates  future use of the property for graves, but the city says the cemetery will not need some of the land for 50 years.

Path said it is proper to use the land for immediate public use.

The city also provides cost estimates ranging from $500,000 to $800,000.

  • Youth soccer field, $32,575
  • Full-sized soccer, $22,175
  • Full-size ball field, $103,000
  • Drives and parking, $301,400
  • Site utilities, $61,250
  • Restroom, $112,500
  • Underground irrigation, $28,000

The cost estimates include $135,750 in site grading and $24,000 in roadway excavation. It does not include any field lighting.

 

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