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GRANT COUNTY CEMETERY DISTRICT
July 29, 2013
MEMBERS PRESENT: Chairman Darrin Figgins, Vice-Chairman
Cecil Simpson, and Members Ronald Craft and David Schell.
MEMBERS ABSENT: Kathy Olson
STAFF PRESENT: Sexton Bernard LaFever and Secretary Paula
PUBLIC PRESENT: None
The Cemetery Board met at the Ulysses Cemetery for the
purpose of updating the regulations for decorations at the cemeteries. Board
members walked through the cemetery and discussed maintenance issues caused by
decorations on gravesites. The current policy is vague and the goal is to give
lot holders a better guideline for acceptable decorations. Some of the issues
are small plaques, figurines, etc. that have blown over and must be picked up,
paving stones extending over on another space, veteran crosses, solar lights,
shepherd hooks, wind chimes, etc. that are placed away from the headstone,
benches without bases and placing items without notifying the Sexton. There have
also been complaints about the clutter in the cemetery and complaints about
decorations being removed without notice. The Sexton is concerned about the
amount of time it takes to move items while weed eating and mowing and also the
additional work due to space between the headstone and miscellaneous
decorations. Hiring additional help was discussed.
Following discussion, it was decided to keep the same
policy with additional wording to limit placement of decorations and require
notification prior to placing permanent decorations. The policy will be
discussed at the upcoming meeting on August 9, 2013.
The board discussed making sure the water is drained at
the south end of the cemetery and weed removal in the streets.
The Sexton showed the board the irrigation water
filtering problems they are having.
The Board toured the new building with the Sexton.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 a.m.