Weeds clog Lake burial ground
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Thursday, 20 June 2013 08:45
MILLBURY - Parts of the Lake Township Cemetery are buried under weeds, a resident complained at Tuesday's meeting.
|Weeds are seen near a tombstone at Lake Township Cemetary in Millbury, Ohio on June 19, 2013. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
"Our cemetery always looks so beautiful," said Marge Willman, but she heard some people complaining about the condition of it at the Memorial Day service, which is held annually at the cemetery.
Willman decided to drive around the cemetery, which is located off Union Street east of Walbridge. She concluded it looked terrible, with high weeds choking some of the headstones.
"I do not understand giving … some more money or hiring the guys back (to work at the cemetery). Or if someone wants to volunteer to help," Willman said.
Trustee Ron Sims said the township cannot have volunteers at the cemetery because of liability, and the risks of them running the equipment and getting injured. He said Willman's description of the cemetery was accurate.
"I agree. We used to have five part-timers do the trimming," Sims said. "Let's put it this way, it's doesn't look like it did 10 years ago."
Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen said the cemetery budget reflects cemetery revenue, which has steadily shrunk over the last few years as cremations became more popular.
The cemetery budget four years ago was around $200,000; this year it's $165,000, said Fiscal Officer Vicki Schwamberger.
"We do not have a levy for the cemetery. The cemetery has always existed and flourished on the sale of graves," Bowen said. "We've tried to stay as fiscally responsible as we can and we have not asked for a levy. And I don't know if I want to ask for one."
Trustee Richard Welling said the cemetery sexton, who was not at Tuesday's meeting, has been told to ask for assistance if he needs it. Employees can be pulled from the roads and parks department.
"He has help available," Welling said.
Still, with 40 acres and just two workers responsible for all the upkeep - and trimming around headstones being labor-intensive - the cemetery will not look perfect, Bowen said.
She added that the Ohio Revised Code only requires townships to mow twice a year at cemeteries, and Lake Township is doing a lot more than that.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
• Requested bids on Wagoner and Isch roads for cold/hot mix application. Bids will be opened at the Aug. 6 meeting.
• Decided to buy additional fencing for Moline Meadows Park. The trustees have received a Wood County Park District grant for $2,490 for fencing on the Ryegrass and Moline-Martin sides of the park. The trustees will spend an additional $3,260 for fencing on the north side. JBS Strait Line Fencing, Walbridge, will do the work.
• Voted to re-enroll in the Ohio Township Association Workers' Compensation group rating program. Frank Gates, Columbus, will be the administrator and receive $4,994.
•Approved spending $1,650 at Adler's Transmission, Walbridge, for emergency transmission repairs to a police vehicle.
• Approved buying 2,365 pounds of rubber crack sealer from the Wood County Engineer's Office for $1,200.
• Voted to spend $901 for a drum of Monsanto Class A foam from Finley Fire Equipment, McConnelville. The foam is used for structure fires.
• Heard May department reports. Police made 16 arrests and issued 63 citations. Rossford had 347 calls, Lake had 328, Walbridge had 118 and Millbury logged 15. Medic 50 EMS had 103 runs and the fire department had 99. Zoning received $470 and issued six permits. The cemetery had 15 burials.
• Sold a 20-foot dovetail utility trailer to Millbury for $1. It was replaced and is no longer used by the road department.