April 20, 2019

Funeral home to withdraw service to Dover-Foxcroft

DOVER-FOXCROFT — A local funeral home that has provided the town with grave-digging services for years will no longer do so, selectmen learned Monday.

Town Manager Owen Pratt said Eric Annis of the Lary Funeral Home advised him that he would no longer dig graves for burials in the town beginning in the spring.

“This is a problem to us right now,” Pratt told selectmen. Although Annis offered to sell his small backhoe to the town, Pratt said the town does not have the equipment or the crew to carry out the job. He said there are about 50 grave openings required each season.

The board’s public works committee agreed to investigate this issue.

Selectmen discussed who would pay the cost of repairing damage to Pleasant Street after a water main break. The total cost of the repair work was $10,175, according to Pratt. He agreed to discuss the costs with the Dover-Foxcroft Water District.

In other business, selectmen accepted the resignation of Judith Lewis as selectman and learned that 50 people had applied for a patrol position on the Police Department.

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