The Pleasanton City Council will consider a plan tonight to spend up to $4.5 million to upgrade and substantially improve the city-owned Pioneer Cemetery on Sunol Boulevard.
Much of the costs, if not all, would be covered by revenues generated from the sale of new burial plots and would have no financial impact on the city's General Fund budget.
Initially, administrative and professional services needed to plan the project would cost $170,000, an allocation to be requested by city staff at Tuesday night's meeting.
An oversight committee headed by the city's Parks and Recreation Commission would conduct the start-up work on cemetery improvements with funds from the current cemetery fund balance of $393,081. The cost of future improvements would be offset by the sale of future burial plots.
As planned, a total of 7,109 new cremains plots are planned in the cemetery along with 625 plots for full casket burials.
Also, the oversight committee is recommending new designations to include a wider range of burial options, from premier sites with estate-type detailing to single and companion grave plots are more affordable prices to families.
The Pleasanton Memorial Gardens was first established in 1850 as a non-endowment cemetery. Many of the city's founding pioneers are buried there, including the Kottinger and Neal families as well as 400 military veterans.
Part of the recommended improvements to the cemetery, which was renamed in 2006 when the city acquired the cemetery, include a veterans memorial structure, an information kiosk, a computer terminal that can provide visitors with information about the cemetery and about those who have been laid to rest at the cemetery.
Gary and Nancy Harrington, who have donated public art to Pleasanton, have pledged $40,000 in matching funds toward the construction of a veterans memorial.
If the City Council approves the cemetery upgrade project Tuesday night, veterans groups plan to launch a community wide fund raising program to finance the veterans plan.
The City Council meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.