SACKETS HARBOR Facing a shortage in the number of plots remaining at its Lakeside Cemetery, the town of Hounsfield is considering expanding the cemetery by purchasing a piece of adjacent property.
However, the town is still negotiating how much it wants to spend and how much land it will attempt to purchase.
Theres a lot of issues we need to clear out, town Supervisor Timothy W. Scee said.
The cemetery, sandwiched between Dodge Avenue and Old Military Road, has only four available plots.
The town is looking at four lots owned by George M. McCulloch that total about 1.3 acres. Town officials have been given estimates for each lot of between $30,000 and $40,000.
In addition to the price of the property, there also are questions about preparing the lots, now developed for housing, for the cemetery.
Weve got to find out what kind of utility foundation we have, Mr. Scee said.
Utilities on site would have to be cleared, which could become an extensive process if the properties had any recorded easements.
You wouldnt want to dig down and hit a gas main or a water main, Mr. Scee said.
The potential costs of such work mean there will likely be further Town Council discussions on whether the expansion would make sense.
We dont want to lose a lot of money here, Councilman Stephen H. Lee said.
The town, which has been in discussions for several years with the cemeterys association to take over its assets, received the final paperwork necessary to complete the turnover in April.