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20 acres offered for plots

To solve the problem of a nearly full Oakridge Cemetery, Charles Davis of Davis Funeral Home suggested Tuesday that the city buy an additional 20 acres that he and two partners own. The site, south of the Methodist church on County Road 581, is the one that Inverness City Manager Bruce Banning recommended in a report written three months ago. Two other possible sites in that report are 6 acres adjacent to the existing cemetery and about 15 acres east of Pleasant Grove Elementary School.

Oakridge Cemetery, which the city operates, has about 180 gravesite spaces left. Davis told the City Council on Tuesday night that those could be used up sometime in the next year and a half.

Davis mentioned that he was one of three investors who own the 20 acres and that the asking price would be $9,000 an acre, or $180,000 total. He estimated that if the city develops that land as a cemetery, it stands to clear almost $685,000 for every 5 acres used.

Of course, that money would trickle in over the course of about 20 years per 5-acre tract.