In an unanimous vote Wednesday night, the Nevada City Council choose to bury a plan to hand off responsibility of Pioneer Cemetery to the Nevada Cemetery District.
Located on West Broad Street, Pioneer Cemetery is the county’s oldest burial ground. It contains as many as 400 graves on close to 2 acres that date back to the 1850s, including those of William Alphonse Sutter (son of the famous General Sutter of Sutter’s Mill), Henry Meredith and, reportedly, Aaron A. Sargent, although city clerk Niel Locke brought up evidence to refthat claim.
With the cemetery lacking adequate fencing and cemetery officials describing the city’s ability to maintain the grounds as inadequate, the proposal called for the city to transfer ownership and maintenance of the cemetery to the Nevada Cemetery District at a cost to the city of $2,000 a year for two decades.
In choosing to retain the cemetery, council members spoke about the park’s charming rustic and natural quality as a benefit.
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