Walnut Grove Cemetery to get interactive online

MARTINS FERRY – City council approved a proposal from Joseph Lawrie, utility mapping technician from the Rural Community Assistance Program, to create an online interactive digital map of the historical Betty Zane Walnut Grove Cemetery.

He will survey the 35 graves and produce a database with pictures of the headstones and points of interests, and information about the deceased. More information could be added in updates as historical data emerges.

He will produce a technical map, a creative map for visitors, and an interactive map online.

“This will be a new and exciting project for RCAP. We haven’t done this before,” he said, adding that this could be a first step to similar projects for the larger cemeteries. Total work would be 40 non-consecutive hours during a three or four day period. The project should be completed within 60 days.

Council approved an expenditure of up to $3,000.

Lawrie added that his organization’s work on water and sewer line mapping for the water system is 80 percent complete.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank @timesleaderonline.com