By Elizabeth Klinge

FOLSOM (CBS13) — City leaders in Folsom are deciding if a controversial new crematorium should be built in the historic district there.

Demand for cremations is growing across the country, but Folsom doesn’t have a place offering the service—and some neighbors want to keep it that way.

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“This is not a ‘Not in my backyard,’ this is ‘Not in anybody’s backyard,’ kind of a business,” Deborah Grassl said.

Grassl has lived across from the cemetery for 30 years and says it’s been a good neighbor, until now.

“We are all very, very united in that this crematorium idea is not a good idea,” she said.

Opposition signs are everywhere in the neighborhood

“In everybody’s front yards, there are at least one or two signs,” Grassl said.

Hundreds of residents have signed a petition against it.

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“It’s not like we’re saying it’s bad,” another resident said. “It’s just bad in a residential neighborhood.”

The crematorium needs a city permit to proceed. The city’s historical commission denied the plan earlier this year saying it would have a negative impact on the existing historical graves that date back to the pioneer days. Now, the cemetery managers are appealing to the full city council.

“If you can’t put a crematorium in a cemetery, where can you put one,” one manager said.

The locally owned company says there is a growing need for cremation facilities.

They say there would be a maximum of 500 cremations a year, and all air quality standards would be met—but many neighbors still have concerns.

“There’s the ick factor. I sit on my front porch all the time. It’s not something that we want to look and see a puff of smoke and think that is going on right now,” one resident said.

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And after more than two hours of debate, late Tuesday evening, the city council voted to postpone making a decision. They will revisit the issue on May 10.

Elizabeth Klinge