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City will provide water, power to Arsenal Street Cemetery

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The job of volunteers who maintain and have been making improvements at the Arsenal Street Cemetery soon will get a bit easier.

The Watertown City Council unanimously agreed Monday night to provide electrical power and water to the 6-acre cemetery.

Organizer Katherine T. Plante-Hunt had requested electricity be connected to nearby Sand Street, so an American flag could be lit up at night.

Ms. Plante-Hunt told council members the lit flag would honor the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War soldiers who are buried at the cemetery. Volunteers also hope to install lights at the kiosk and gazebo.

Ms. Plante-Hunt also had requested water to be used in maintaining the cemetery’s gardens.

Over the years, volunteers have planted trees and flowers at the cemetery, Ms. Plante-Hunt said. She said she hopes to add a fountain, too.

In the past, the city Fire Department provided water via a tank truck, but it no longer can do that.

A small group of Jefferson County legislators showed up at the council meeting to support Ms. Plante-Hunt.

County Legislator Jennie M. Adsit said she has found it too difficult “to lug gallons of water” to her sister’s grave at the cemetery.

City Council members thanked Ms. Plante-Hunt, her family and the volunteers for all they have accomplished since taking on the work in 2007.

“I’m surprised they were able to do it and the strides they’ve made,” Councilwoman Roxanne M. Burns said.

On Wednesday, city officials were unable to say when the project could start or be completed.

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