The Vale Crematory is the source of 95 per-cent of funds necessary for the cemetery operation. The crematory operates uses liquid propane fuel at a cost of approximately $72,000 per year.
Savings from Natural Gas
Converting the crematory to natural gas would result in a saving of more than $30,000 annually. This change requires bringing a gas line in from Mynderse Street. However, the proposed line is a long distance and the cost would be significant, estimated at $100,000. Financial contributions are needed for this project.
Preliminary research is underway to deter-mine if solar power would be feasible in supplying some of Vale’s electric power needs. Solar panels could be installed on the large flat roof of the crematory’s garage. This location is approximately a half mile from State Street and not visible to passing traffic.