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Upkeep of burial ground urged
Commissioners ask that West Elfers be given more care.
By Times Staff Writer
Published October 10, 2007
DADE CITY - Several Pasco County commissioners pressed top officials Tuesday to remedy complaints that the historic West Elfers Cemetery has become unkempt.
In a deal with Pasco, the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg is responsible for upkeep. But supporters say they've been forced to deal with overgrown weeds and dumping.
County Attorney Robert Sumner suggested maintenance occurring every three weeks might have to be done every two weeks.
At the board's prodding, after stories in the Pasco Times, he also agreed to meet with cemetery supporters - a meeting he previously deemed unnecessary.
Sumner said $13,000 is available to repair a gate and fence, among other problems. A $270,000 fund also should provide adequate money for regular maintenance, he said.
"Who has dropped the ball here as far as maintenance of this cemetery?" Commissioner Michael Cox asked. He urged the county to solve the problem because "we have a moral obligation to do the right thing."
At Commissioner Pat Mulieri's request, county officials agreed to send a crew to remove dead pine trees.
A historic spot
At one time, the cemetery was part of the Anclote Community. Its location was also known as the Baillie Settlement, named for the Baillie family. Baillie's Bluff, where Peter Karr Baillie settled in 1867 north of the Anclote River, is named for the family.