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Complaints prompt cemetery maintenance

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This dead tree finally fell down This dead tree finally fell down
Ward III Commissioner B. J. Fletcher Ward III Commissioner B. J. Fletcher
Grass grows rapidly with summer rains Grass grows rapidly with summer rains
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Riverside and Oakview Cemeteries are looking better after complaints from residents that it's been neglected. We spoke with one commissioner who says its important to take pride in our city.

It still needs some work, but slowly things are starting to improve at the Riverside Oakview Cemetery. "It was a good thing that it was brought up," said Ward III City Commissioner B. J. Fletcher.

After dozens of complaints city workers have been cutting the grass and making improvements to the grounds. "I have been amazed at the phone calls of people just saying thank you that's where my family is at, that's where my loved ones are at, so it was a good thing that it was brought up," Fletcher said.

Although we did spot this large tree that was down. Fletcher says the weather and restructuring has made it difficult to keep this maintained. "It just sort of got pushed to the side. We had people working on one part of it then they would go work on the other part of it, and sometimes you have areas that grow faster."

Fletcher says overall she would like to see the city's grass cut more often. "When we are asking them to come into our city and be a part of it that's first impressions and its very important that we keep this city groomed."

Fletcher says she would to see inmates used to help with city projects.

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