BENTON HARBOR — It is still unknown who is going to manage and maintain Benton Harbor’s two cemeteries – Crystal Springs and Morton Hill.

Benton Harbor Cemetery Board Chairperson Lisa Varrie told board members at a meeting Tuesday that she is still trying to find out how much money the cemetery has in the bank.

She said they can’t put out a notice asking for bids until that happens.

The previous management company, C Management, is continuing to do burials on a contract basis, but not the grounds maintenance. The families pay the city, which then reimburses C Management, which is owned by Bert Edquist.

Edquist started managing the cemeteries in 2013 and gave the city the required 120-day notice last fall that he would no longer manage them, as of March 15.

Meanwhile, the city has contracted with two lawn care businesses to mow and weed the cemeteries. At the July 6 city commission meeting, commissioners approved paying almost $15,000 for Crystal Springs to be maintained and $1,250 the maintenance of Morton Hill.

Cemetery board members did not discuss the grounds maintenance during their meeting.

When contacted after the meeting, Varrie said the cemetery board is not involved with the contracts between the city and the lawn care businesses.

She said the next meeting will be on Oct. 13, but she expects a special one to be called earlier than that, when there is information to report.

Morton Hill Cemetery is 2.78 acres and is fully developed. Crystal Springs Cemetery is 120 acres, with only 65 acres developed.

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