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Weston To Review Cemetery Drawings

Weston is one step closer to putting to rest a matter that has caused 20 years of debates, battles, vitriol and near bloodshed. Hopefully. Maybe.

At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the Board of Selectmen will discuss a proposal by Blair Hines Design to prepare a presentation on a town cemetery. Last week, the board voted to spend up to $1,600 on the drawings if they like what they see on Thursday.

But the location of the cemetery -- the 80-acre Fromson-Strassler parcel in Georgetown -- would require rezoning that could cost the town upwards of $25,000. The selectmen have indicated that this expense should be included in the upcoming budget referendum. If residents choose not to pay the cost of rezoning, the location may have to change.

The Cemetery Committee was formed several years ago with the task of finding a location for a nondenominational burial ground in town. But ongoing disagreements amongst the selectmen, the committee and residents have prolonged the search, which First Selectmen Gayle Weinstein says unofficially began two decades ago.

If the Blair Hines contract is approved, the end product will provide the town with a concept drawing, an enlarged sketch plan, a perspective sketch and an assortment of photos showing typical woodland cemetery developments.

The meeting is open to the public, but no public comment section is scheduled. The selectmen will also discuss property tax refunds totaling nearly $24,000. The meeting will take place in the Town Hall meeting room.

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