Cemetery commission addresses grave repair work

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By Leila Dycus, Intern

The Madison Cemetery Stewardship Commission addressed completed repair work on select graves at their meeting Aug. 6.

“They have done the work, as far as I can tell,” stated City Planner Bryce Jaeck, sharing a handout with photographs of graves that were worked on.

The commission went on to address some graves still in need of upkeep.

“We were going to think about contacting some families and asking them if they would be willing to begin the restoration process on their plot, and I was just wondering how that was going,” said Commission Member Beth Fears.

However, the names of those buried are people without family in the area and may not have been known by anyone, or the families of anyone, in town, and may not be kept up due to that.

“I think first of all the families don’t know the responsibility that they have, that the city just mows between, and what’s in there is the family’s responsibility,” said Commission Member Jan Manos.

Manos also brought up her observation of four lichen-covered benches in the Madison cemetery that need to be cleaned. So, she made a motion, which was unanimously approved, to “notify the city that the lichen needs to be removed and to check in to some type of coating to prevent it from happening again.”

The meeting continued with discussion of an incorrect statement recently published in the city newsletter stating that dogs were not permitted in the cemetery. The commission clarified that dogs are, in fact, allowed in the cemetery so long as they are kept on a leash and their owners pick up after them.

In other news, the commission will discuss their budget for the upcoming year at their meeting next month.

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