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Re: Washington Park Cemetery - St Louis

Good evening, all. And thank you to all who have responded to my posts regarding Washington Park Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. Your thoughts have given me many ideas about how to proceed. My goal for this week is to see if the St. Louis American is interested in running a story or series of stories about Washington Park Cemetery. I contacted someone who works there and he put me in touch with the editor-in-chief of the paper.

I'll also keep touch with Mr. Kuper's lawyer to determine exactly how they will eventually settle the property: At present there is an asking price of $10,000 for the cemetery...(Berkeley required the lawyers to remove the FOR SALE sign that was on the property before Mr. Kuper died.) Anyone who takes it at that price must realize that the cemetery will not generate revenue since burials may no longer take place in the cemetery...That person or persons will need to know that the upkeep on just the front sections is in excess of $30,000 per year just to mow the front sectons for 7 months out of each year.

The next thing to do is to wait until the fall/early winter when the vegetation has died so that the Friends of Washington Park can see the extent of the work that must be done...and, perhaps, begin some of that work before the snows come.

Question: Can companies with chippers and mowers get a tax write-off if they donate time and effort in a major clean-up?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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