Gila County employees turned out this morning to spearhead a clean up of the Pinal Cemetery. Although the call was put out for a community-wide volunteer effort, the workforce this morning wielding rakes, hoes and wheelbarrows was largely all county employees, including Supervisors Cline and Humphrey and Gila County Manager, James Menlove.
The work was concentrated along the roadway this morning, but Cathy Melvin, who works for Supervisor Cline says they hope to get more volunteers to address more ground – next time. The challenge of maintaining this icon of community history and final resting place has always been a conundrum since it is largely owned by various private entities. County tax dollars are therefore not easily allocated for the purpose of maintenance. They occasionally get involved out of community pride and volunteer efforts, but the long range goal is to establish a coalition of interested parties which could be responsible for the cemetery.