MACEDONIA – The possibility of purchasing 5 acres between Route 8 and Olde Eight Road for expansion of the Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery was unveiled during the cemetery board’s annual meeting with City Council on May 14.

Cemetery Treasurer Jeff Snell explained the cemetery has the opportunity to purchase the parcel from the Eaton family. It is located across Olde Eight Road from the cemetery in a triangle-shaped area bordered by Route 8 and Olde Eight and Valley View roads.

Snell said the land is valued at about $60,000, and the family is willing to sell it for $25,000, with the remaining $35,000 being a donation. He said to proceed with the acquisition, approval is needed from Macedonia, Northfield Village and Northfield Center and Sagamore Hills townships.

The land could accommodate 2,400 graves on roughly 3 acres, with the remaining 2 acres preserved as wetlands. Snell said with about 500 gravesites still available in the existing cemetery, burials at the new site wouldn’t commence for 10 to 20 years. The total 2,900 plots would extend the life of the cemetery by 80 to 90 years.

Snell said a consulting firm has estimated the long-term development of the land would cost about $341,000, including $33,000 for engineering. A circular, 15-foot-wide road with two access points onto Olde Eight Road has been proposed.

Snell said the parcel would be the most economical for cemetery expansion. He added a couple of other parcels nearby have been looked at, but they would cost several thousand dollars more.

As for other matters, Snell said improvements to the cemetery’s interior road are being considered. The estimated cost is $79,000, and the board will look into applying for a 2021 Ohio Public Works Commission infrastructure improvement grant or loan.

Snell also announced the assessment amounts that each community in the cemetery district will pay in 2020 will remain the same as last year.

The total assessment for the four communities will be $150,000, compared to $150,370 last year and $143,818 in 2018. The board recently declined to raise the assessments since the coronavirus outbreak has put a burden on member communities’ budgets. Snell said he expects the district to have a balance of about $264,000 heading into 2021.

The breakdown of each community’s share of assessments is as follows: Macedonia, $67,681; Sagamore Hills Township, $47,556; Northfield Center Township, $24,500; and Northfield Village, $10,260.

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