The Grantsville City Council approved an amendment to its current budget Wednesday to buy land next to the city’s cemetery.
The 3.1-acre parcel, located immediately east of the Grantsville City Cemetery, was approved for purchase at the appraised value of $82,000, as well as closing costs that amount to approximately $1,200.
The council also approved a minor subdivision to cut out a half-acre portion on the lot’s eastern end. The omitted portion was not included in the approved purchase price.
Grantsville City Mayor Brent Marshall said the agreement to purchase the land, which is also adjacent to the city maintenance lot, has been in the works for months.
“There has been a lot of work to get to this point,” he said. “There’s still a lot of things that have to fall into place in order for it to be recorded. My proposal to you is that we purchase this property. I propose you take the $82,000 out of our capital improvement fund. We’ve built it up good. It makes it a lot cleaner for auditors when they come in and look at the books, as this is a capital purchase and that’s what we set aside the money for.”
The land, which currently belongs to the Wooton family, requires the signature of three separate members of the family, two of whom live out of state, before the deal will actually be complete, Marshall said.
With transportation time and the time it takes to register a plot with the county for a new plat number, Marshall said he estimates the parcel will not officially be the city’s until at least mid-November.
When the deal does go through, the city has considered using it to expand the city cemetery. Currently, that expansion is slated to go into land at the J. Reuben Clark Farm property located across the street from the cemetery. Council members also spoke favorably about the deal, which was approved unanimously.
“I think the city could really benefit for this land, both for possible cemetery expansion and for possible shed expansion,” said Councilman Scott Stice. “I think it’s a no-brainer and we ought to go ahead.”
Only one person, Susan Johnson, spoke at the public hearing prior to the council’s discussion of the land purchase. Johnson, a member of the Friends of the Clark Historic Farm, was in favor of the city’s plan.
“I just have to voice my support for the purchase of this property. I think it’s a very forward-thinking way to move things forward with the cemetery. We ask you to look at this property to be used as the extension of the cemetery,” she said.
The Friends of the Clark Historic Farm has urged the city several times this year to reconsider expanding the cemetery to the Clark Farm in an effort to keep the land’s heritage intact.