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Alpine Cemetery to be gated
Mayor Sheldon Wimmer said there have been instances of drugs being sold in the cemetery. "Those burial plots are sacred ground and there shouldn't be activity after dark," he said.
City council member Ramon Beck who lives next to the cemetery said he has seen all kinds of late-night activity there including motorcycles, ATVs and horses. Drug paraphernalia has also been found on the grounds, he said.
Sorenson said initially that while he was not opposed to having gates at the cemetery, he did not have an employee he could dedicate to the task. "If we can figure out a less labor-intensive way, that would be the best," he said.
So, the council is considering automatic gate options and should be making the final decision in the next couple of weeks.
After consulting with manufacturers, Sorenson said a sliding cantilever gate on the east side entrance to the cemetery makes the most sense. The gate would move sideways on a track and could be programmed to lock and open at pre-determined times.
The west entrance is too narrow for a cantilevered gate so manufacturers suggest two swinging gates attached to posts which would also be automatic. The gates would include an underground loop so that anyone who got locked in open the gate to get out. There would also be a key pad with code.
City officials are not sure what to do with a secondary entrance on Grove Dr. They are considering gating it but without any electronics.
Sorenson is still talking with gate manufacturers and garage door companies but is expected to have final information for the council in upcoming weeks. City officials are hoping to get the gates installed before year's end and Sorenson said the manufacturers are saying that won't be a problem.
In the meantime, the Lone Peak Police Department has stepped up patrols in the area. At the August 22 city council meeting, Wimmer expressed his appreciation. "I've been up there at times and they've been making a swath up there every night," he said.
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