I like to read through the newsletter included with the Tooele City Water bill to keep up to date on what is happening in our community. I was extremely disappointed in the new Tooele City Cemetery Decoration Policy changes that are being shoved down our throats. I value the time I have to recognize and remember my deceased family members and plan to let the City know just how disappointed I am with their new policy.
The new cemetery decoration policy is overly restrictive. We are not allowed to place anything around the gravestone on the grass. We are only allowed to use built-in vases or set non-glass containers that fit within the 4-inch cement mow strip space around the gravestone. And if we don’t follow these new dictates, they plan to remove the decorations. To me it just makes them appear too lazy to do their job.
The majority of gravestones in the Tooele City Cemetery do not have inset planters and many of them are so old they don’t even have the 4-inch mow strip. In effect, Tooele City has made it so that people in our community can no longer recognize our loved ones even on Memorial Day. People have paid thousands of dollars for the plots for their loved ones. Doesn’t any of this money go toward maintenance? I pay plenty of taxes that seem to keep going up every year, but don’t seem to be receiving any benefit from those huge raises. My water bill just went up as well, though I know for a fact I have been using less water not more.
One would think all of this income the city is receiving would be ample compensation for having the grounds people mow once in a while. I don’t understand why it is so difficult for the grounds people to mow just before and then after the holiday. Telling people they can no longer place baskets of flowers specially made for around their loved one’s graves on Memorial Day is absurd. Of course, that’s just my opinion. I believe Tooele City needs to revisit these policy changes. If nothing else, they need to remove the restrictions for the weeks of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.