City to upgrade mapping system at two cemeteries

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The city of Jonesboro is in the process of upgrading the mapping system at two local cemeteries.

The city is creating a digital map of Oaklawn and Nettleton Cemeteries to better manage the database and plots at the grave site.

"From the mapping we'll be able to go out and stake exactly where they need to dig," said City Engineer Craig Light.

This project began over a year ago when city official used ground penetrating radar to identify all the bodies in the cemetery. They next step is surveying the grave sites.

"Who owns which piece of property when a family has a death so we know exactly where to put them," Light said.

The mapping system will allow city officials to switch from paper to a digital system.

"It's hard to keep up with them and make sure we're digging in the right spots when we go out there to plant a body," Light told Region 8 News.

The land surveying should be complete by the end of the year.

"Once we get that part done we will connect the deeds to each one of the plots and eventually make the data available to the public "he said.

In 2015, the city will begin connecting the deeds to each plot.

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