County Commissioners approve purchase of burial grounds for needy population | Premium


Victoria County Commissioners on Monday approved the purchase of 25 burial grounds from Commissioners Court.

The plots, located at the Telferner Memorial Cemetery, will be used by the county to bury people whose estate does not leave enough money to cover burial costs and whose loved ones cannot afford the burial, will not pay not burial or cannot be located, per Victoria County policy.

“We use an average of about three or four (plots) a year,” Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller said. “But being down to five, looking at the years ahead, we felt 25 would be enough.”

The plots will cost $3,750.

“And that’s the price you all paid for spaces 20 years ago,” said Diane Zandonatti, owner of Telferner Memorial Cemetery.

Victoria County last purchased 100 plots from Telferner Memorial Cemetery in 2001, Zandonatti said. Of these 100 plots, five remain today.

Commissioners also approved six appointments to the Victoria Animal Control Shelter Advisory Board.

Scott Buchanan, assistant director of animal control; Dr. Lee Zeplin, veterinarian; County Commissioner Gary Burns; Jennifer Werland, executive director of the Dorothy O’Connor Pet Adoption Center, and community members Caleb Shaw and Mike Atkinson will serve on the board.

“The meetings will be entirely open to the public, so if you are not an official committee member, you are absolutely welcome to speak at these meetings,” said David Gonzales, director of the county public health department. Victoria.

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