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What’s with the stakes in the cemetery?

Visitors to the Glencoe City Cemetery and First Lutheran Church Cemetery may have noticed stakes set up around the perimeter of the open grass area in the middle of the property.
The stakes are being used in a survey of the area for a potential storm water pond project, not to outline upcoming construction.
City Administrator Mark Larson explained the process is to determine if creating a storm water pond in that area will work and, if so, how.
The pond is a potential piece of the Armstrong Avenue project, the city’s 2016 public improvement project.
The pond would be used to hold storm water before it can follow the already established path under Highway 212 to the Buffalo Creek.  
Though there are other grassy areas near Armstrong Avenue, Larson said one is private property owned by Seneca and the other is city property that has been leased out to pay for the maintenance costs of the cemetery.
The area of the cemetery in question is already a floodwater area. The area is empty and no plots in the area have been or will be sold, Larson said.
When lots of rain has fallen, Larson said the area often experiences above-land flow.
In recent years, the cemetery board has considered adding a pond for aesthetic reasons, as a point of beauty in the cemetery, Larson explained. This project would latch onto that idea and create a permanent pool of water at the lowest part of the cemetery near Highway 212. Larson said the pond would always have water flowing, so there would be no stagnation or cattails.

For more, see the Sept. 9 print edition of The Chronicle.