Annual Spring cleanup begins soon at Baker City’s Mt. Hope Cemetery

By on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 in More Top Stories Northeastern Oregon News

BAKER CITY — (Information from the City of Baker City) The City of Baker City says it will soon begin its annual spring cleaning of Mt. Hope Cemetery. 

The city’s Public Works Department says its cemetery maintenance contractor will soon be commencing their cleaning campaign. This involves the removal of all decorations, flowers, and  floral designs at grave spaces. The City says removing the various decorative items placed at grave spaces assists the contractor in completing the tasks of thatching, edging, fertilizing and spraying weeds (weather permitting) as thoroughly as possible.  

The work is scheduled to take place at the cemetery from April 8 through April 22, 2024. The City asks citizens to please remove any decorative items, flowers, etc. from grave spaces by no later than April 7,  2024. Please note that decorative items not removed from grave spaces and headstones by that  date will be collected by the contractor beginning April 8th. Collected decorative items that are in good condition will be stored until claimed or until November 1, 2024. Perishable or deteriorated decorative items will be removed from the grounds permanently. 

Items conforming to the cemetery rules may once again be placed on grave spaces beginning  April 23, 2024. A copy of the Mt. Hope Cemetery Rules is available to view on the city’s website,  

In a message, the City says, “Thank you for your cooperation and assistance as we attempt to maintain Mt. Hope Cemetery in the manner and dignity appropriate for the grounds.”