Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM by David Ortiviz

Citizens concerned about landscaping at cemetery

Some citizens in Pueblo are upset about what they call the deterioration of Roselawn cemetery. First there were gophers. "The just leave a path of destruction," said Lucille Corsentino, with Concerned Citizens for Roselawn Cemetery. In some spots the pesky rodents have left mounds of dirt between headstones and the grass is gone. "It's just very disheartening and very sad," said Corsentino.

The citizens group formed because they're frustrated by conditions at Roselawn and say the problem goes beyond gophers. "It's also complicated by lack of watering, lack of maintenance, overgrowth," said Lucille Corsentino. "The question we are asking is why was the cemetery so well maintained for 100 years plus, and allowed to deteriorate into the condition it's in today," she added.

By our observation most of the cemetery looked well maintained, but the historic section is overgrown with weeds. In 2009 Roselawn, which is a non-profit and relies partially on donations to maintain the cemetery, spent close to $70,000 on landscaping. But is that enough? We tried to talk with managers, but all we were told was there's no money to improve the historic section which was used mostly in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

However, with overgrown weeds and gophers the citizens group feels these are indicators, this century old cemetery is going downhill. "If we don't step forward now, our fear is that we will lose the cemetery," said Corsentino.

In July managers at Roselawn told a newspaper reporter they trapped dozens of gophers and plan to reseed the grass.



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