The Carrboro Town Council unanimously approved improvements to Westwood Cemetery and Old Carrboro Cemetery in a meeting on Feb. 7.
The $135,000 in funds will be allocated for improvements such as new fencing and erosion prevention.
These two cemeteries are the only two public cemeteries managed by the Town of Carrboro. Old Carrboro Cemetery started its burials in the 1910s, and Westwood Cemetery was established in 1948.
Old Carrboro Cemetery ran out of plots in January 2022, and Westwood Cemetery is expected to sell out of plots within the next several years if sales continue at the current rate.
Ben Schmadeke, Carrboro's capital projects manager, said this issue spurred conversation about expanding the cemetery and increasing the number of plots available for residents.
"There's been a little bit more attention on the cemeteries, with that situation with the running out of plots," Schmadeke said. "And so that's where we've been looking at improvements."
The Town Council has discussed possible ways to restrict the purchase of new plots. Some of these possible regulations include limiting the number of plots each person can buy, requiring purchasers to have relatives in the cemetery or requiring purchasers to be residents of Carrboro. The Council has yet to make a decision on which, if any, of these restrictions will be implemented.
During the discussion regarding cemetery expansion, other cemetery improvement ideas arose regarding maintenance and overall improvement of the cemetery areas, Barbara Foushee, a Carrboro Town Council member, said.
The cemetery has consistent regular maintenance, but several issues discussed at the Feb. 7 meeting go beyond regular maintenance.