Moldy walls and cracked sidewalks once plagued the Whispering Maples Memorial Garden, but now construction is well under way to return the mausoleum to its original state.
It all dates back to 2015 when the mausoleum in Plattsburgh and the crematorium and mausoleum in Ellensburg fell in disrepair and into the hands of the State of New York.
Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Michael Cashman said he wants to protect the love ones inside but also the taxpayers of Plattsburgh.
“What we’re trying to do is focus on getting the buildings rehabbed doing the moral and ethical thing and getting ready for the receivership that will come in the coming months,” said Cashman.
As soon as construction is completed, the town will own the building, and all the maintenance that goes along with it.
Thankfully the state has provided some funds.
“The state of New York has assigned a certain amount of money for perpetual care which will help to maintain the buildings moving forward,” said Cashman.
But New York Senator Betty Little is looking to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again and the town isn’t left with the burden of maintaining a building.
“Our town clerks have the sole responsibility to do the management of the facility the paper work and interact with those who have loved ones and also the funeral homes in our local areas,” said Cashman.
Senator Little has introduced legislation that would prohibit the construction of any standalone mausoleum.