Proposed expansion of cemetery raises concerns of neighbors

I built my home on Diamond Ridge in 1996 knowing that the Hickerson Memorial Cemetery was in the neighborhood. But I never dreamed that I may look out my front door and see graves. Well, this could happen if the city goes through with the proposed expansion of the cemetery.

Several weeks ago I found out from a neighbor that the city is proceeding with plans to improve this property by utilizing $88,707 of reserve funds allocated to Parks and Recreation, and $112,000 from City Hall, to complete Phase 1 of this project.

This is highly disturbing for many reasons. This has all been done without any regard to the surrounding community, nor any input from the public. There is no clear description of what will be done or how it will be done.

Is this the way our city council operates, with no regard to properly administer the funds of the people, to protect public property, the safety, health and welfare of the public or its parks, arts and recreation?

I am dismayed by the way this has been handled by the Homer City Council, and hope that the public can be informed as to what the plans are for this project and how it will proceed. A public meeting has now been set for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at City Hall. Please let the city council know of your concerns.

Thank you,

Jill Gann