Official asks if Colo. cemetery is reselling plots

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado Springs City Council member is questioning whether a city-owned cemetery covered existing graves with up to five feet of dirt and planned to sell new burial plots on top of old ones.

A city official denies that cemetery managers planned any such thing.

Councilman Tom Gallagher says dirt excavated for a city construction project appears to have been spread over part of the 130-year-old cemetery. He's asking whether cemetery managers planned to sell new burial plots over old ones.

Assistant City Manager Paul Butcher tells KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs the city has no plans to sell new plots and denies cemetery managers did anything illegal.

He says some fill dirt was added to control erosion that was carrying away the soil around graves.

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