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first_imgEach commissioner and the secretary of Clark County Cemetery District No. 1 — known to most in the area as Fern Prairie Cemetery — wrote their choice for district chairman on torn pieces of notebook paper and threw them in a hat.They were tallied up. Will Zalpys won the chairmanship, though his victory was never really in doubt.“We just did the election, and unfortunately I’m it,” Zalpys joked in a deadpan tone.Zalpys has led the cemetery district in the outskirts of Camas since April 2002. The other commissioners laud him as the member with the most knowledge of the cemetery’s workings.Most of the district’s meetings are carried out with a deliberate impassiveness. It’s likely out of necessity, as many topics deal with death. There’s a need for a respectful routine, according to its members.The commissioners are Zalpys, Jeanette Jester and John Straub.Meetings, decisionsAt its January meeting, the group discussed lowering the price of its baby grave plots, designated to a small section of the cemetery marked off with a white picket fence. The baby section is about 1 year old and featured a handful of graves as of mid-March.That meeting took place at East County Fire and Rescue Station 91, just up the road from Fern Prairie, off Northeast Robinson Road.It costs $100 to bury a baby at the rural Clark County cemetery. That price and others are less expensive than options in the Vancouver-Portland area. In recent years, people have been choosing Fern Prairie for its affordability, Zalpys said.last_img

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