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Dade City's willing to deal to expand cemetery

DADE CITY — The city may be willing to trade a street paver and a backhoe for a burial lot — but not until September.

That was what commissioners said Tuesday night about a potential agreement between the city and the owners of land abutting the Dade City Cemetery.

The cemetery has about 1,600 plots left and should be expanded to accommodate future burials, according to city officials. Bob and Jo Larkin, who own more than 7 acres just north of the graveyard, offered to sell their property to the city for $35,000 per acre.

But commissioners want to wait until budget season to decide on the $247,800 purchase.

If approved, some of the cost can be offset.

The city will give the Larkins some surplus city goods, including 3.66 acres of city property, a street paver and backhoe. Total value: $38,644.

A $5,000 down payment will go toward the remaining balance and the city will pay off the rest over 10 years at a 5 percent interest rate, if the move goes through.

Ideally, part of the possible mortgage will be covered by rental fees collected when a Sprint cell phone tower is built east of downtown. No date has been set for the tower's construction.

In other news:

The city also postponed deciding whether it will hike the rates for residential trash pickup. Earlier this month, the city agreed to pay trash collector Central Carting more for its service within the city, raising the city's cost to $8.38 per residential customer from $6.97.

Trash pickup rates are set by ordinance. Commissioners will decide later whether to pass the increased cost on to residents.

Helen Anne Travis can be reached at htravis@sptimes.com or (352) 521-6518.

Dade City's willing to deal to expand cemetery 05/27/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 9:00pm]
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