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Council approves changes to cemetery rules and regulations

September 26, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield City Council unanimously approved changes to the city's cemetery rules and regulations at the Sept. 19 meeting. The changes involved headstones and the process to replace damaged or worn ones.

The changes require the person replacing a headstone to first seek permission from the city to do so. Once granted, the person replacing the headstone would also be responsible for removing and disposing of the old stone.

The issue went through the city's Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board early this summer when officers from the American Legion Post 177 wanted to get involved in replacing damaged and worn headstones through a Legion program for veterans' graves. There was concern over what to do with the old gravestones and markers. Other cemeteries that would remove and store them in a holding area, would later have people thinking the area was part of the cemetery. To prevent that from happening in Canfield, the cemetery rules and regulation changes simply made removal the responsibility of the person replacing the stone.

The change would give a green light to the American Legion to proceed with the program.

Resident Frank Micchia asked about North Cemetery and the multiple headstones that are in need of repair. He said there are likely no family members around to care for the headstones.

Councilman Bruce Neff agreed and said he would like to see a fund started so people could donate to have the headstones straightened and repaired.

Council approved the changes to the rules and regulations by a 5-0 vote. The changes included language that the city is not responsible for headstones or grave markers.

On a different matter, Mayor Richard Duffett presented a proclamation to Sarah Keeler, President of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Mahoning Valley Chapter. The proclamation honored the groups work at preserving the history of the U.S. Constitution through various public events in the area. They rang bells during the date of the actual signing of the document 231 years ago. This year's Constitution Week was also a special time for the local DAR, which was celebrating its 125th anniversary.

On another issue Council woman Christine Oliver reported a citizen approached her about donating a dog park to the city. Councilman Chuck Tieche said it would need to be taken to the Park Board, but he cautioned that Federal grants were used to purchase Fair Park and those funds could place limits on what can and cannot take place there.

"We simply need to do some research to ensure we would not be in violation [of those grants]," Tieche said.

In other business:

Zoning Inspector Mike Cook noted political signs need to be 15 feet off the edge of the road or behind a sidewalk. He said all signs in violation will be removed and stored, should those placing them want the sign back.

City Manager Wade Calhoun said leaf pick up will begin on Oct. 7 and will wrap up Nov. 21.

Calhoun said the city has made application for a zero-interest loan to run sewers to the Millennial Moments JEDD (Joint Economic Development District). He said that would be phase 1 and phase 2 would continue the sewer to the Redgate Farm property the city owns.



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