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Mausoleum construction ends; landscaping, ribbon-cutting remain

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Landscaping and some road work are all that remain to be done before Rome holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new mausoleum at historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

KC Williams, the project supervisor for Milne Construction, turned the site over to Rome Cemetery Director Stan Rogers last week for the final detail-work.

And details are what the new mausoleum is all about, based on a walk-through that included Williams, Rogers and mausoleum marketing chief William Kerestes. When Rogers pointed out that one of the lamps hanging from the ceiling was a little lower than the other, Williams didn’t brush it off.

“I’ll get the scaffolding over there to fix that,” he immediately said.

Some late changes to the layout of the parking lot have been dealt with, Rogers said, and once the curb and gutters are installed, the lot will be ready to pave. City crews started work last week on the road that hearses will use to deliver remains to the back of the building.

Williams, who has been in Rome for close to a year, said the new mausoleum, will last a thousand years.

“It’s built to withstand just about anything,” he said “I’d rather be in that than in anything else (during severe weather).”

All of the crypts are located above the flood plain.

The contractor — who said he has supervised construction of about three dozen mausoleums across the country — said the soil conditions at the base of the cemetery, plus the design details, made the Myrtle Hill project one of the most complicated he has ever had to deal with.

Rogers said the detail on what will become one of Rome’s new landmarks includes specialized trim work on the Silver Cloud granite mined out of Elberton, Ga.

The mausoleum includes 596 niches and 580 crypts. Close to a hundred spaces have already been purchased.

The mausoleum includes numerous surveillance cameras for security.

Rogers said an arrangement has been made with Rome Monument Co. to engrave names and other appropriate information about the niches and crypts. He said he expects a special niche wall at the rear of the mausoleum to be a popular space because it will be very accessible for families.

If all goes according to Rogers’ proposed timetable, the ribbon-cutting ceremony would be scheduled for late November of early December.