Old Electra Cemetery Project Delayed

A project in Electra is being delayed because of winter weather.

The project being done by the Main Street in Electra was approved in August 2014.  It involves putting up a new brick fence at the Old Electra Cemetery.

"It's been a nice community project and we're looking forward to having it completed," Jannis Hayers, the project spokesperson said.

Newschannel 6 learned only part of the fence will get the upgrade.  This is because the primary focus was to improve the look for people coming into town.  They were also restricted by the budget.  The project costs around $25,000.  However, all of the money was raised by Main Street. 

"Main Street has raised the money over the years through fundraisers and they were committed to do this before they spoke to the city commission about it," she said.

Hayers said the community also purchased some of the fence so they could add to it.

"The fact that they were willing to buy a foot of fence indicates that this is something they thought important," she said.

Crews took down part of the old fencing at the Old Electra Cemetery at the end of 2014, but haven't been able to put up the new brick fence because of freezing temperatures. 

If you drive by, you can see posts and concrete laid out.  You can also see a slab of bricks.  Officials hope the pile of bricks will soon line a portion of the cemetery.  Hayers said there was concern about the brink being stolen at first, but police officers have been keeping a close eye on it.

The winter weather didn't just delay the project.

"We've also had weather that our contractor schedules have been affected in other ways as well," she said, "So, we don't have any control over that."

Hayers said all of the pieces are ready to go.  Crews are just waiting for the weather to warm up. 

She said, "The professionals involved are anxious to finish the project and they will do it just as quickly as they can."

Once the brink fence is put in place, another contractor will come in to install the gate. 

"That is not used for entry so much as it is for exit," she said.

Hayers said the goal is to have it completed by Spring.

, Newschannel 6