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Braintree Town Council to hold special meeting Tuesday on Blue Hills Cemetery

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 20, 2012 01:00 PM

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Braintree’s Town Council will re-take the vote on the Blue Hills Cemetery land at a special Town Council meeting on Tuesday.

Council President Charles Kokoros said that the main reason for the re-vote was due to an error in the posting, which omitted the word “West”.

“I believe you have to be proactive in these things, get it done, fix the mistake,” Kokoros said.

The Blue Hills Cemetery staff is seeking to build a crematory on the southern side of West Street, next to the cemetery administrative offices, caretaker’s house, and maintenance shed.

Currently, all burials happen on the northern side of the street.

Before the permits can be acquired for such a construction, councilors have to recognize the land next to the cemetery offices as “suitable for burial,” as state law mandates that crematories can be constructed only on land within the limits of the cemetery.

Councilors will revote to approve the 28 acres of land at the site for the use of a $1 million crematory that will be approximately 3,000 square feet.

Kokoros said that during Planning Board meetings, neighborhood concerns had already been vetted. The crematory will be placed on a parcel far away from residents, and actual burials would not occur on the site as approved.

Regardless, the Granite Parks Association president has been notified of the upcoming meeting, and all of the nearby residents have been emailed.

“The neighbors have been notified and will have the opportunity to come down and speak,” Kokoros said.

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