The earliest that Salmon Arm’s new cemetery will be able to accommodate burials is the spring of 2016.
At a recent council meeting, Coun. Ken Jamieson asked if rates will be the same as those at the Mt. Ida site. Chief financial officer Monica Dalziel said it’s hoped the fee structure will allow the cemetery to be financially self-sustaining. In the meantime, rates for 2015 are increasing by two per cent, as they have over the past several years.
Dalziel said: “Following 2015, the rate increase will only impact infill at (the existing) cemetery, those sporadic spots still vacant.”
She noted that Salmon Arm rates are lower than those at communities surveyed such as Armstrong, Vernon, Kamloops, Westbank and Kelowna. Staff said construction of the new cemetery will continue over next spring, summer and fall.
Director of public works and engineering Rob Niewenhuizen said people will probably be able to choose which sites they prefer, but cremations will be kept at the old cemetery until it is full.