During its February 26 meeting the Cemetery Committee discussed three matters: the cemetery clean-up fund, the Assateague cemetery conference and the March 12 cemetery clean up schedule.
The meeting was called to order at 5:30. Members present were Terry Howard and Gary Turnquist. Also present was Town Manager, Robert Ritter.
The cemetery clean-up fund was discussed. We were fortunate that the dry weather last fall allowed us to forgo a final cutting, and as such, we are going into the year with a balance forward of $1,045. We are fortunate that many of the town organizations have made a donation to the clean up fund, a line item in their budget, but every year we are in need of reminding them of just how important their contribution is to the clean up effort.
At the Assateague cemetery conference, in January, with Fish and Wildlife, the committee met, Dr. Ethel Eaton, with the Virginia Dept. of Historical Resources. She mentioned to this writer that there was potential grant funding for historical projects associated with the cemeteries on Chincoteague, and a query for specifics has been sent to her office to explore this. This suggestion by her was prompted by the fact that as a town committee, we had successfully created a clean-up fund, supported by private donation, and as such could compete in a matching funds proposal. Our initial goal would be to hire professional help to straighten large, listing monuments, throughout our various cemeteries.
A clean-up date of March 12th has been set, to go through and clip several cemeteries of last years growth, before they get out of hand. Any reader interested in helping should contact a committee member.
The cemetery clean-up fund has become a vital resource in our efforts to present our public cemeteries, to our residents and visitors, in a positive light. Even small donations add up; every town resident has a stake in the overall appearance of our cemeteries.
Submitted by: Gary M. Turnquist
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