The Ely City Council voted unanimously to approve the donation of cemetery plots to veterans in the veterans area of the Ely Cemetery at their June 23 meeting. The agenda item was brought forward by Councilmember Bruce Setterstrom, who said that he had been asked by some local veterans if it was possible.
The city would still charge for opening and closing of the plot ($125) and perpetual care ($300) for a total of $425.
City Administrator Bob Switzer said that the city doesn’t bury that many vets (15 in the last five years), so that the donation would not have much impact on the city.
Setterstrom said that there were about 15 plots left in the current veterans area of the cemetery but that the city would eventually expand or open a new area for them.
“We’re never going to run out,”Setterstrom said. “If you’re a vet, you should be able to be buried for free.”
Setterstrom said that vets can be buried free at national cemeteries but that the closest ones are in Salt Lake City, Utah and Boulder City.
“If you’re born and raised here, it should be provided,” he said.