The city of Nicholasville has reached an agreement to purchase property at 401, 403 and 405 N. Central Ave. so it can expand the Maple Grove Cemetery, commissioner Andy Williams said.
“In the past year, we have been negotiating with the current owners of the property on North Central Avenue, which is (Jessamine County Sheriff) Kevin Corman and his wife, Tammy,” Williams said.
The city will pay the Cormans $275,000 for the property, which is about 2 acres, appraised near $300,000.
Most of the money ($250,000) for the purchase will come from the cemetery perpetual fund, while the remaining $25,000 will come from the fiscal-year 2012 general fund budget.
Williams and Mayor Russ Meyer said the property purchase is key for the cemetery’s future.
“At the current rate, we’ve got about 300 graves left in our cemetery, which will probably last maybe two or three years,” Williams said. “More than a year ago, we started making some plans for the future, and Kevin and his wife came to us and started talking about it. And we’ve had many closed sessions about it, and we finally come to terms with Kevin.”