Cemetery Find Leads To More Upkeep

8 years 6 days 14 hours ago Wednesday, August 11 2010 Aug 11, 2010 Wednesday, August 11, 2010 10:18:32 PM CDT August 11, 2010 in News

JEFFERSON CITY - After a Jefferson City historian found a jawbone in the Old City Cemetery, the city increased its upkeep of the site.

"Cemeteries are sacred and we take those places very seriously," said city administrator Steve Rasmussen.

The city corrects the problem by require tighter conditions on the contractor that services the cemetery on East McCarty Street along with closely monitoring the conditions are fixed.

Rasmussen said he believes gofers dug up the jawbone.

"You don like that to happen but we have rodents and they are burrowing animals and they burrow deep down inside the ground and they move stuff around," said Rasmussen.

Gofers and burrowing holes were seen at the cemetery.

The city budgets $20,000 a year to maintain the cemetery.

Jefferson City established the Old City Cemetery in 1821 and it one of three plots owned by the city

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