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Mayor promises changes at cemetery

Jim Talley’s mother is buried in Bellevue Cemetery…and he says almost every year about this time, he’s witnessed many of the same problems.

His SUV was filled with garbage bags Monday, bags he says are filled with trash and old flowers…found strewn around the cemetery.

“So on Friday, some our family members took it upon themselves to pick up around the gravesites,” said Talley, whose complaints center around what he calls lack of maintenance at the cemetery off Lexington Ave.

But trash isn’t the only problem. Talley says in recent weeks, he’s seen tree limbs scattered all over the cemetery and tire marks over gravestones. He says one with marks and mud on it belongs to a veteran.

“The corner here is cracked. This footstone will have to replaced,” said Talley on Monday, while looking over the stone.

Talley’s complaints aren’t new. He’s spoke to us of similar problems during the past two winters. They are issues Danville’s new mayor promises to address.

“The solution so far, obviously, hasn’t worked. We have a committee, and we have to make sure they are effective as a committee,” said Mayor Bernie Hunstad.

Talley has a few ideas of his own..some of which he says worked in prior years.

“To put a building back here, to staff it before there were problems. You know, they build a $7 million city hall, but they can’t take care of people who have lived here all their life,” he said.

Talley said he was going to take some of the complaints before the Danville City Commission at their Monday meeting.

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