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May 24, 2010

CITY OF PLYMOUTH

RIVERSIDE CEMETERY BOARD

MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

Meeting called to order at 5:00 P.M. by Patricia Gryzwacz.

 

1.  ROLL CALL

MEMBERS PRESENT: Pat Gryzwacz, Barbara Dougherty, Don Hess, Scott Farmer

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:   Pat Carne

 

OTHERS PRESENT: Lisa Hominga and Steve Faiman, City Representatives

 

2.  CITIZEN COMMENTS: None

 

3. BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS: Long term goal would be to add new plants and shrubs to the west side of the mausoleum in order to beautify it.  This would also balance out the east side.

 

4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: A motion to approve the minutes from May 26, 2009 was made by Barbara Dougherty and seconded by Don Hess.

MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

 

5.  OLD BUSINESS: None

 

6.  NEW BUSINESS:

A. Annual Election of Chairman

?           Pat Gryzwacz was elected as the Chairman for another year, motion made by Barbara Dougherty and seconded by Don Hess.

 

B. Cemetery Walk-Through

?           It was noted that the Cemetery looks very nice.

 

C.         Updates

1.         Appointments

Congratulations and welcome to Scott Farmer for his appointment to the Cemetery Board.  We are happy to have you.

 

2.         Water Usage

Due to an aging water system which was completed in 1920?s, the system is failing.  In order to still have water usage at Cemetery, it?s recommended we consolidate multiple water spigots to just one spigot.  Additionally, we have witnessed abuse of water sprinklers being left on and even washing of cars.  Motion made by Don Hess and seconded by Barbara Dougherty.

MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

 

Points of water discussion: 

The maintenance of the current water system is extremely hard to repair.  This is due to the age and the lack of water maps to reference. We know the water pipes run around and up and over graves.  This being said, it?s difficult to maneuver around pipes without disturbing graves.  Also, the pipes can easily break if hit while digging a new grave. In order to fix this situation, we would need an entirely new water system to accommodate each and every spigot.  This is not an option due to the high cost and budgetary constraints. Therefore, the best solution is to pull the current spigots (70+ located throughout the Cemetery) and install one new spigot located on the South East side of the Cemetery. 

 

Although it?s not as convenient with one spigot, at least there would still be water available at the Cemetery. To direct visitors to the water source, we would place signs pointing to the exact location.  Visitors may want to drive their cars to the one spigot and fill buckets to retrieve water, if their flowers and plants are further away.  It should be noted, there will actually be two water knobs allowing two people to fill buckets at the same time.

 

Lastly, the City of Plymouth surveyed other local Cemeteries and many have only one water spigot available.  Other Cemeteries do not provide water at all.

           

7.  REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE: None

 

8.  ADJOURNMENT: Motion to adjourn meeting made by Don Hess and seconded by Barbara Dougherty. Meeting adjourned at 5:45 pm.