More space needed at city’s cemetery

April 27, 2010

By Staff

City Council members will consider a plan next week to accommodate additional cremated remains at the city-run cemetery.

The decision could address the dual issues of increased demand and limited space at the cemetery. The plan headed to the council May 3 recommends spending about $25,000 to install additional columbaria — niches to store cinerary urns — and benches at Issaquah Hillside Cemetery.

Residents with opinions about the cemetery plan can address the council during the public comment portion of the 7:30 p.m. meeting. Members meet in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

Officials proposed a pair of granite columbaria and four benches for the lower section of Hillside Cemetery. Plans call for a columbarium to be added in the veterans’ area, and for the second columbarium to be installed near another, existing columbarium.

The city Cemetery Board suggested a bid from Pacific Coast Memorials, a tombstone company based in Everett and the lowest bidder. Council Services & Safety Committee members reviewed the proposal April 21, and recommended the item to the full council.

The cemetery sits perched above Newport Way Northwest on a Squak Mountain slope between West Sunset Way and Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest.

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