New Three-Year Cemetery Pact Signed By City Of Saugatuck & Saugatuck Township; Douglas To Join Soon
Although the area’s two cemeteries—Riverside Cemetery and Douglas Cemetery—are owned by Saugatuck Township, the renewal agreement between the township and the City of Saugatuck to share in the cost of lawn care maintenance provides Saugatuck residents identical treatment as township residents with regards to acquiring burial grounds and operations.
The Saugatuck City Council approved a new, three-year contract (running April, 1 2015 to March 31, 2018) and the township did so on Wednesday.
The City of the Village of Douglas is expected to approve a similar contract with the township, thus extending the same benefits to residents there.
Neither cities have cemeteries, and for a number of years—via similar contracts—the cities and the township share the costs of operating the two burial sites.
“The amount we pay goes according to the city’s population,” Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier told council last Monday, about each municipalities’ share.
Saugatuck Township’s current annual landscape contract with locally-owned Grounds Management Solution comes to $30,450.
That amount is to be divided by the 2010 census numbers (Saugatuck, 925; Douglas, 1,232;