GARDINER – Russell Greenleaf wants residents to have an open mind when they think about a proposed crematorium at Oak Grove Cemetery.

The Oak Grove Cemetery Association official hopes city councilors will favor the group’s plan to turn an old receiving tomb into a crematorium.

Revenue from the operation would support the cemetery’s upkeep, stone repair, tree removal and mowing, which he says costs $30,000 a year.

He said the findings of the city’s Crematorium Review Committee should ease neighbors’ concerns, including environmental and economic impacts, noise and traffic.

Thom Harnett, chairman of the review committee, will present the report to councilors at 7 tonight at City Hall.

If the proposal is approved, Greenleaf said, the association will set up a nonprofit corporation to run the operation. “The profits will go back to the association to pay for lawn mowings, tree trimmings, waterline repairs and stone repairs,” he said.