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Wales officials are grappling with what to do with their latest orphaned burial grounds, South Wales Cemetery, which was recently abandoned to the town for financial reasons.

Councilman Rickey Vendetti said during a workshop session of the Town Board on Tuesday night that he met recently with a state cemetery investigator about the cemetery, one of four now the responsibility of the town. By law, municipalities are responsible for maintaining abandoned cemeteries.

Vendetti said officials must decide whether to develop the remaining 2 1/2 acres of the cemetery and sell plots, continue selling the cemetery's remaining plots and appoint a caretaker.

He also suggested a moratorium on selling plots until records, including the locations of plots, are in better order.

Vendetti also said one question to be answered is whether the town will allow cremated remains to be placed in the same grave site as those of another family member.

In other matters, the union representing Wales highway employees has officially notified the town of an impasse in contract negotiations.

The International Union of Operating Engineers represents two town employees. A mediator from the state Public Employment Relations Board will be called in.

Supervisor Mary Weinman reported the development during a work session Tuesday. She said she received official notification Oct. 17.

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