Pima effort to expand cemetery moving forward, albeit slowly

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PIMA — The Town of Pima is moving forward with expansion of the cemetery. There’s just one hang-up.

“We are moving forward,” said Town Manager Vernon Batty. “We’ve sent a check to Pioneer Title and now we’re just waiting on the seller to turn in all his paperwork. They haven’t been responding to Pioneer Title.”

The town is also considering an increase in the cost of plots at the cemetery, to help offset the cost of acquiring more cemetery land.  Current cost is $300 per space and $900 for a family set of five plots.

“$900 for five versus $300 a piece is pretty skewed,” said Council member Deborah Barr. “That should be $1,500 and that’s almost half price.”

The secondary goal is to bring costs in-line with the neighboring communities of Safford and Thatcher, which charge $465 and $400 per plot, respectively.

Barr asked for Batty to bring to the council a recommended pricing structure at the February meeting.