Unanimous approval was given to Cemetery By-law 1026, regulations for the control and management of the Castor Municipal Cemetery, at the Town of Castor’s regular Council meeting on August 12, 2013.
Changes include the town having the right to remove any grave covers that are in a state of disrepair or unsightly condition; not allowing cremated remains to be placed under an existing grave cover; and only allowing new grave covers if a previously deceased spouse’s grave had one.
The new restrictions of limiting the monument size to three feet six inches wide, 21 inches deep and 18 inches high was needed because when head stones have to be moved to dig a new grave, larger stones are more susceptible to breakage, and very costly to replace. Special consideration will be given to burial of one adult and one infant (12 months or younger) within one casket.
The town is adding 30 solar lights so that each corner is marked. Solar lights at grave sites or floral arrangements need to be part of the monument. Residents are reminded that items placed on graves that result in extra time and increased maintenance costs will be removed.
Castor Rocks update
“The July 13, 2013 Castor Rocks event was an extremely successful fundraiser, great entertainment and ran very smoothly,” reported Todd Pawsey. “We wrist banded over 400 people and cleared approximately $16,000 for minor sports and recreation in Castor and area.” Of that amount, $10,900 was raised through corporate sponsorship. Organizers are planning to hold the event next year on July 12, 2014 with the band, Thunderstruck, already booked. “I’ve never seen an event so well organized,” commented Mayor Garry DeVloo.
With careful scheduling of staff shifts and reduced overtime, life guard costs at the swimming pool were significantly reduced this summer without compromising safety.
To date, 90 per cent of Town of Castor’s taxes have been collected, not including those on installment plans, leaving an outstanding balance of $100,000.