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Moline's Riverside Cemetery Needs Repairs

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Riverside Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the area and parts of it could come sliding down unless repairs are made. The oldest part of Riverside Cemetery is at the top of the hill. In the 1870's a road was carved out along the hill and a retaining wall was put in to reinforce the area.

"150 years ago it was a good place to put a cemetery, up on top, out of the way," says Moline City Engineer Scott Hinton.

However, time has taken its toll. Several areas of the wall are missing and pieces are on the other side of the road or down the hill. Back in 2000, a study was done to see how much it would cost to repair the wall. Engineers said it would cots a $175,000 to repair the 600 foot wall.

"Part of the reason it's so expensive is because there's not a lot of room between the wall and the top of the hill here where you have a lot of the gravesites," adds Hinton.

The parks department decided not to do the repairs, because of a lack of funding. Several years later a rain storm caused a mud slide, with mud making its way down the pool at Riverside Park.

"At some point something has to be done with the wall here or there's a really good possibility of loosing this thing," says Hinton.

City leaders are working to fix the problem. Alderman voted to have soil samples and repair estimates start right away.

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