Upkeep at Olney’s two cemeteries will now become more regular thanks to the approval of a bid for the maintenance contract by the Olney City Council on Monday, July 22. The Olney Cemetery Association advertised for bids on cemetery maintenance, which includes mowing and weed-eating at least six times per year at the discretion of the board, among other specifications. Only two bids were received. 

Those bids were $1,000 per maintenance session from James Rockenbaugh, and $2,350 per session from Whitaker Lawn Care of Archer City. Members of the Cemetery Board recommended that the council approve the lower bid, submitted by Rockenbaugh.

The cemetery has been without regular caretakers since the end of May, and has been searching for an affordable option in the months since. Workers with the city of Olney have been helping at the cemeteries when their regular work schedules allow in the meantime.

Council members inquired as to how the contract worked, and were told by Danny Parker that the Cemetery Board guarantees at least six maintenance sessions per year.

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