Thank you Arlene Ridler for speaking up about cemetery access.
I, too, tried to speak to Carmen Didier of leisure services regarding people with mobility issues.
I was politely told that my mother should purchase a wheelchair if she is unable to walk the distance.
I asked how fair she thinks it is for seniors on a pension to buy such an expensive item. No reply.
I also asked her how people are expected to remove their ornamentation from their sites come fall. (Everything has to be removed from gravesites by November and you can only put them back in May.)
I was told to bring a wheelbarrow. As you can tell, my concerns were not being heard.
I feel that she is being extremely insulting to those of us who care for our loves ones’ gravesites.
When I tried to explain to her that some of the items are extremely heavy and that a wheelbarrow will not do, this is the reply I received. They will have to have a meeting to discuss the opening of the gates come November for the removal of such items and the installation of a fee for those gravesites with ornamentation. So be prepared to pay.
I will end on this note. Do you seriously think that anyone with the intent of vandalizing the cemetery cares if the gate is locked?
I believe the shovel will fit quite nicely through the unlocked pedestrian gate. Oops. Now that will be locked, too.