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October 24, 2014, 6:22 am
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City Readies RFP For Private Management of Oak Ridge Cemetery


Concerns are being raised about the possibility of turning Oak Ridge Cemetery over to a private company.

 

Mayor Mike Houston plans to put out a request for proposals from companies interested in taking over the city-run cemetery, where Abraham Lincoln is entombed.

 

Oak Ridge has required city subsidies to operate for the past several years.

 

But several aldermen and other interested parties say the cemetery is too important for the city to give up control.

 

Among those opposed are funeral director P.J. Staab and a rep for union workers at the cemetery, who fears a private takeover would bust the union.

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