Residents Crying Out for Help to Clean Up Local Cemetery in Lamesa

Residents Crying Out for Help to Clean Up Local Cemetery in Lamesa

By Alicia Neaves

NewsWest 9

LAMESA - Lamesa residents who go to a local cemetery to pay respects are greeted by a mess. They are crying out for help in hopes the owner, or someone, will finally clean it up.

"This is sacred ground to me. It is very sacred. Not only for my son but for all the people lying in here," Dawson County Commissioner, Tony Hernandez, said.

Lamesa residents are outraged.

"It's getting so, so bad that you don't even feel like coming," Lamesa Resident, Dianna Vasquez, said.

Lamesa Memorial Park Cemetery, where the perpetual care isn't cheap, is a sight for sore eyes.

"Where's the money going? They say they don't have gas, they say they don't have lawnmowers. Ok, so who's getting rich off the money we pay as citizens?" Lamesa Resident, Debra Garza, said.

They say the sprinklers are never seen in action. Some just clean it up themselves.

"I have children and they come out here to see their dad and there's weeds everywhere, there's ants all over the place. It just breaks my heart," Lamesa Resident, Karen Mize, said.

Headstones are cracked. Flags installed for veterans can't be seen past the weeds.

"I came out here on Father's Day and his headstone had been moved. They had buried someone right next to him and it looked like it was buried in my spot, so I end up coming back and they assured me that it wasn't. They moved the headstone over so whether I still have a spot there or not, I don't know," Mize said.

Some weeds reach as high as the height of the tombstones, but if you take a glance across the street at the area that's owned by the county, the difference is night and day. 

Attempts to contact the owner go unsuccessful.

"It's a company out of Dallas, from my understanding and they refuse to give the owner's name out at this point because he has been inundated with calls," Chance Britt, Lamesa City Councilman of District 6, said.

A former employee agrees this has got to stop.

"They will treat you unfairly. They treated me unfairly. They wanted me to get on my hands and knees and pick some weeds. I told them no so I guess I got fired. They'll tell you lies that the equipment, this and that, are in the shop but it's not," Austin Sauseda, Former Employee of Lamesa Memorial Park, said.

There are talks of a potential lawsuit or hopes the city or county will take it over. One thing's certain, residents want a clean, respectful place to bury their loved ones.

Sources tell NewsWest 9, a local lawn and ornamental company was contacted numerous times on Thursday for an estimate on treating the weeds. They were hired just before 6 p.m. Thursday. We were informed they will start that work on Monday, July 7.