Decatur makes im­prove­ments to sign, ceme­tery

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - MIKE ECKELS meck­

DECATUR — When driv­ing into Decatur from the south, mo­torists of­ten ig­nore the Grand Sav­ings Bank bill­board and an old sign that, over time, was cov­ered by two cedar trees. A change to this area is about to trans­form it into a wel­come mat to vis­i­tors to the Decatur com­mu­nity.

In 2017, the old metal Peter­son Farms sign which graced this site for many years was re­moved and the brush and de­bris around it were cleaned by the city’s main­te­nance crew. The old sign was re­assem­bled and re­hung in­side the de­pot stor­age shed where it will con­tinue to greet vis­i­tors to the Decatur mu­seum.

On March 9, city crews were back at the site re­mov­ing the two cedar trees that stood on ei­ther side of the bill­board. A new lighted flag­pole was in­stalled be­tween the bill­board and the Grand Sav­ings Bank sign.

Within a week, a new sign will be erected on the old Peter­son bill­board that will wel­come mo­torists to the city of Decatur.

Ceme­tery Drive

As the city was say­ing its last good­byes to former mayor Charles Li­nam in May 2017 at the Decatur Ceme­tery, another funeral pro­ces­sion was pulling into Setser Street, caus­ing con­ges­tion on the all-ac­cess drive­way at the site. Mayor Tharp vowed to fix this prob­lem by in­stalling a new ser­vice road to elim­i­nate any con­ges­tion that mul­ti­ple ser­vices would cre­ate.

Work be­gan March 9 on the new en­trance to Decatur Ceme­tery. The new road is on the far east side of the ceme­tery and, when com­pleted, will con­nect to the new 40-acre sec­tion on the north­east side of the ceme­tery. This will al­low for more burial plots for fu­ture Decatur res­i­dents who wish to be in­terred in the 165-year-old ceme­tery.

Once the new road is com­plete and open to the pub­lic, Setser Street will be­come a one-way exit only.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

A back­hoe and roller ma­chines laid the foun­da­tion for a new street at the Decatur Ceme­tery on March 9. Once com­pleted, this road will serve as a one-way en­trance to the ceme­tery and Setser Street will be­come the exit.

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