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Residents react to cemetery conditions

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Residents have been expressing outrage over the condition of city-operated cemeteries and it's getting results.

On Wednesday city workers were out cleaning up multiple cemeteries that have been in awful condition.

Pat Garchow and her husband Martin stopped by Forest Lawn Cemetery on Wednesday.

Loved ones have been fed up with the overgrown grass and weeds in the Saginaw cemeteries, especially near veterans graves on Memorial Day.

But when the couple arrived they saw volunteers and several city workers had already cleaned the area up.

City workers were mowing the grass at Forest Lawn on Tuesday. On Wednesday crews were fixing up Oakwood and Brady Hill cemeteries.

Public services director Phil Karwat said there are a few factors to blame for the recent conditions at the cemeteries during Memorial Day, including the weather and a lack of employees.

Karwat said the city has a new commitment with Tri-Cap, a community corrections program. Which means there should be more crews available to help maintain the cemeteries starting this week. 

In the meantime Garchow said she hopes the city starts to make cemetery upkeep a bigger priority.

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