The Prophetstown Township Board of Commissioners office building and storage facility in Riverside Cemetery is moving ahead. Ground was broken three weeks ago for a new building at 113 High Street, near the western entrance of the cemetery, that will house township offices and records and include a storage space for cemetery equipment. The current equipment shed is decades old and has no restroom facilities.
The updates to the cemetery and the new building are being made possible by a $1.06 million donation left by the estate of Kleo Roth. The new building will provide Sexton- Jim Casson, Board President- Myron Hofmeister, Township Clerk- Jackie Roman and the trustees with workspace and meeting space and a location to house township files.
The new building, new curb and gutter on High Street and the widening of the Second Street entrance are all part of the first phase of the project. Eventually all the roads in the cemetery will be repaved. The first phase is estimated to cost $900,000.
Hofmeister says he hopes that the vast majority of the building project will be done by September, but it is weather dependent.