The Salt Lake City Council has approved a nearly $40,000 payment to improve conditions at one of the nation's oldest public cemeteries.

City officials have been fielding complaints recently from people concerned with weeds, tall grass and vandalized headstones at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, located in the city's Avenues area.The money, which the City Council authorized during its meeting Thursday, will be used to hire a maintenance supervisor and two security guards who will patrol and water the grounds at night.

City officials said the improvements will not solve the cemetery's problems, but they will help, particularly during the upcoming Halloween holiday when vandals traditionally target the cemetery.