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Kiosk to be installed at cemetery

Council pledges money for system, restroom remodel

A system, which allows visitors to locate graves by using their fingertips, may be ready to go by Memorial Day.

At their Feb. 21 meeting, Gothenburg City Council members approved $10,000 for an informational touch-screen kiosk at the cemetery.

Maps of graveside locations can also be printed from the kiosk.

The city budgeted $10,000 this year and promised another $10,000 in the 2012-13 budget (see box).

Council members also said the city would pay for ongoing maintenance of the kiosk and shelter.

One of the restrooms at the cemetery will be converted to house the kiosk, with the remaining restroom remodeled into a unisex lavatory that they hope can be handicapped accessible.

Cemetery board member Duane Oliver, who made the presentation to the board, said city workers will remodel as much of the restroom as possible although he noted that they will probably have to hire a masonry contractor for the walls.

Cemetery board members have looked at kiosks at several different cemeteries and decided they liked one made by Vision Technology of Bismarck, ND.

Oliver said the public would have access to the kiosk 24 hours a day and could also access information through a link on the city website.

Grave information would be updated by the city or city sexton office.

“We understand that if you want to wait, you can but we’re excited to proceed,” he said.

Council members agreed that the kiosk, which the cemetery board has wanted to do for several years, is a worthy project.

With their blessing, Oliver said work on the restroom and installation of the kiosk could be done in late April or early May.

City administrator Bruce Clymer said families of deceased loved ones could put pictures or obituaries on the kiosk for a fee.

“We could this as a source of revenue,” Clymer said.

Strauser noted that many people are interested in geneaology.

In discussing how to budget for the kiosk this year, Clymer said money budgeted for a remdodel of the concession stand at the city four-plex—which he said won’t happen this year—could be used along with Keno funds.

Mayor Joyce Hudson wants to see the project completed but said concession-stand remodel money, used for the kiosk project, needs to be replaced.

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