SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Sherman City Council members have approved an engineering contract to help preserve historic West Hill Cemetery. 

Nearby Sand Creek has eroded into the 175-year-old burial ground. City spokesperson Nate Strauch said the engineering contract carries a price tag of $200,000.

"Making sure that the cemetery is protected, and especially that these gravestones — they were people who were important to someone once upon a time — so we want to make sure that they are not in danger of falling into the creek," Strauch said. 

There's no time line on when work will begin, but the planning process is expected to take several months.