Glynis Strause of the cemetery association reminded commissioners that the association was a county-appointed committee while Unify to Beautify was a nonprofit with a 501c3 classification, making it able to raise money and receive donations.
She thanked Unifiy to Beautify for raising money.
The current project, a rock and stone gateway is almost complete.
She said as soon as the cross is mounted on top, a celebration and ribbon cutting would be planned.
Primarily, both groups want the county’s help to repair roads in the cemetery that have deep ruts in them. Commissioner Emilio Garza said he would take care of the roads.
Meanwhile, 250 more grave sites have been plotted for the cemetery’s expansion, according to Lamon Bennett.
“This is a project of the man who gave us this courthouse. It’s part of what we grew up with,” said County Judge Jim Huff.
“It’s our stories. We need to have others know them,” said Grace Wilson of Unify to Beautify.
Also, a separate gate for brush was requested because large trucks could not enter through the stone gateway.
Strause said the future goal is to have a water line to the cemetery, “so people can plant trees.”
Huff noted that the city of George West water line is directly across the street.
“I will visit with them, approach the city and see if they can do it,” Huff said.
Also desired is a historical marker for the cemetery.
It was noted that an application fee for a marker would be $100. Another fee would be $1,500 to file the marker with the state.