February 1, 2008 - Glendale News - "NORTHWEST GLENDALE — City fire and legal officials who toured Grand View Memorial Park on Thursday to inspect fire safety conditions said more maintenance work needs to be done before the city can drop a pending lawsuit against the cemetery.
Cemetery co-owner and operator Moshe Goldsman has been busy implementing a $105,400 makeover of the troubled park since late December, installing an aboveground irrigation system, pruning or removing brittle trees and shaving the site’s broad, overgrown grass lawns.
Most of the work is completed, but after the inspection Thursday, the cemetery has a few more items on its maintenance to-do list, Goldsman’s attorney David Baum said.
“At this point, we’re satisfied with the project’s improvement, but we’re not there yet,” said Vasken Demirjian, the Glendale Fire Department environmental management coordinator. “There’s a lot of pending issues and problems. Most of the dead trees and branches have been cut, but there’s still a few trees that need to be pruned or cut.”
At least four abandoned vehicles, including an old, weathered hearse that’s parked outside a dilapidated chapel, are considered fire or safety hazards and need to be removed from the site, Demirjian said. "You know, it's a work on progress," he said.
Recent heavy rains delayed the cleanup work, which was previously expected to be completed this week, Baum said.
“We also have to secure the buildings on the premises so that they can’t be accessed without authorization, and then we’re going to probably go back and mow one more time and do final cleanup and be done,” Baum said. “In three or four weeks, all of this stuff should be handled.”
Baum is expected to give a status report Wednesday on the cleanup work at a court hearing." - Glendale News
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