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Prairie OaksMemorial Eco Garden Proposal

Polk County has received application for the purchase of land that resides in the Town of Apple River for a natural or green cemetery.  Wikipedia data indicates that natural burial is the internment of the body of a dead person in the soil in a manner that does not inhibit decomposition but allows the body to recycle naturally.

This process varies from the traditional cemetery in that chemical to delay decomposition of the bodies and containers are not utilized and biodegradable coffins are substituted.  Also, only flat stone markers are utilized and designs are meant to be compatible with current surroundings.

Wiki data indicates that each year 22,500 cemeteries in the U.S. bury:

  • 30 million board feet of hardwood caskets
  • 90,272 tons of steel caskets
  • 14,000 tons of steel vaults
  • 2,700 tons of copper and bronze caskets
  • 1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete vaults
  • 827,600 U.S. gallons of embalming fluid which usually contains formaldehyde

Additional information is available on the internet under Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens.  Please become familiar with these methods and share your concerns and opinions with members of the Town of Apple River Board.

Respectfully submitted By Ken Sample, Supervisor

Apple River Fire Department

The volunteer Apple River Fire Department has been servicing our town since 1957.  Their commitment to maintaining a fleet of vehicles, the buildings that house them and the training required to be a qualified firefighter and/or 1st Responder is huge and worthy of our appreciation.

Current times are presenting some significant challenges in finances and the ability to meet certain staffing needs.

We need to employ methods that help us attract and retain personnel so we can have an effective and responsive department.  There are two particular areas that need to be addressed.

1. If you qualify and can serve during the normal works hours 7AM to 5PM you are needed.

2. Fire department personnel contribute a large portion of their personal time to be a fire fighter. They need administrative assistance in processing paper work between the Town Board, other county or state identities and the Fire Department.  If you have some administrative skills to volunteer please contact a member of the fire department or town board.

Respectfully submitted by Ken Sample, Supervisor