WEST HAVEN -- The city is ready to sell burial plots in the new cemetery and is offering a discount for early purchases.
City residents or property owners can go to City Hall between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 23 or 24 to purchase plots at the discounted price of $450. After the presale, the plots will cost $550.
"It's a great public service to the residents," said West Haven Parks and Recreation Director Brock Randall.
City Councilwoman Sharon Bolos said purchasing the plots provides a kind of insurance for West Haven residents. Bolos' brother lost an infant and was unable to find a burial place quickly. The young couple eventually buried the baby with a grandparent.
"If it needs to go to another family member, that's such a good relief to have that option," Bolos said.
The cemetery, which will be at 2350 W. 1600 South, is tentatively scheduled to open this fall. The cemetery's 10 acres have been completely graded. Irrigation and site design are the only steps that remain uncompleted.
Because the cemetery design is not finished, residents can't purchase specific plots yet, but those who purchase burial rights will be notified as soon as the design is finished, so they can choose the location of their plot.
Residents can buy up to 12 plots if they have proper identification and a Weber County tax notice proving their residency.
West Haven city officials are unsure how many plots will be sold during the presale, but hope to sell as many as possible.
"There are some residents who are very interested and will probably buy all 12 plots that they are allowed to buy," Bolos said. "We might sell 500, we might sell 2,000 -- who knows."
The city has been working on the new cemetery for almost two years.
Randall said, "It should be a beautiful cemetery."