CENTERVILLE -- The city is looking at ways to create more burial capacity, as available space is expected to run out in less than four years.
Of the 306 plots available for single-depth burials, only 138 remain on the new plat E, and 131 are left on the west slope.
Meanwhile, of the 135 double-depth burial spaces, 122 remain.
City staff project that those spaces will be sold out in less than four years.
"We are running out of space," City Manager Steve Thacker said.
Also, recent policy changes in Farmington and Kaysville that affect the sale of burial rights to nonresidents in those cemeteries are expected to increase the demand for Centerville burial plots.
As of July 2010, Farmington no longer sells plots to nonresidents, and Kaysville recently adopted a policy in which, as the new section is developed, nonresidents can have a space only if there is an immediate need. Kaysville also increased the nonresident price to $2,650.
Centerville's nonresident cost is either $1,360 or $1,660 depending on location. Nonresidents also pay an additional $500 at the time of burial.
Now, Centerville officials are looking at the city's policies and space.
Considerations include charging more at the time of burial for nonresidents, having a different fee for residents versus nonresidents, changing policy to not allow nonresident purchase, or restricting nonresidents to purchase burial rights only in the double-depth area.
Thacker said no decisions have been made, but staff is working on a policy for potential council approval that increases the cost and restricts burial rights for nonresidents to only at a time of need.
"We are going to prepare a proposal," Thacker said. "There is no idea of what the cost will be at this time."
Staff also has proposed four options for expanding cemetery capacity. Options include allowing the cemetery to sell out in the next few years and creating no new burial areas, and creating a partnership with the private sector to develop city-owned property.
Two options involve developing existing city-owned property, such as the foothills area or a section of Island View Park.
"There is no formal action yet," Thacker said. "We are just studying options."
The council plans to take a field trip to the foothills area and Island View Park to look at the spaces.
Thacker said Island View Park has three sections. The top has a heavily used soccer field, while the lower two levels have a tennis court and bathroom, respectively. Those lower levels are old, need repair and have limited use by residents, Thacker said.
"The lower levels have potential for cemetery expansion," Thacker said.
He said the city could look at rebuilding the tennis court elsewhere and relocating the bathroom to the upper level that is heavily used.
Thacker said staff is awaiting further council direction to pursue cost evaluations.