The Danville City Commission should not be trying to cut corners when it comes to maintenance of the city cemeteries.
The city should have high standards for how the cemeteries are maintained and operated. Like maintenance of streets, police and fire protection and water and sewer service, the operation of the city's two cemeteries is something that the residents and taxpayers of Danville expect their city government to do well.
That does not mean that the city could not contract out maintenance of the cemeteries to a private firm, as is currently being considered. But the commissioners need to be looking at privitization as a way of doing a better job of maintenance, rather than as just a way to cut costs or escape their responsibilities.
The city of Danville, especially under Mayor John W.D. Bowling, does an excellent job of beautifying public areas, such as Weisiger Park, entrances to the city and even median strips. The same level, or perhaps an even greater level, of attention should be given to the city's cemeteries - even though they may not be as important to the city's "image."