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February 25, 2002


Cemetery Board of Trustees

February 25, 2002


A regular quarterly meeting of the Plymouth Cemetery Board of Trustees was held at 7:00 pm on Monday, February 25, 2002 at Plymouth City Hall, 201 S. Main St., Plymouth, Michigan 48170.



Present:  Chairwoman Loretta Olson, Trustees Barbara Dougherty, Patricia Grzywacz, Marian Robertson.   Absent:  Trustee Sanford Knapp.

Also Present:   Mark Hammar



It was moved by Trustee Robertson and seconded by Trustee Dougherty to approve the meeting minutes of November 27, 2001 as written.            MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY



Chairwoman Olson noted a recently submitted letter from Ms. Carol Levitte, attorney for Mr. Harold Monet.   The letter states that the City of Plymouth has included ordinance review and revision among it’s top five goals for the year, and that the City should also review the cemetery ordinances as part of this process.  The Cemetery Board of Trustees acknowledges receipt of this letter and will take the recommendation under advisement.



Chairwoman Olson noted the request from Inch Memorial on behalf of the Vaughn family to grant a height variance for an upright monument in Block J at Riverside Cemetery.  Current rules and regulations state that the monument must not exceed forty-eight (48) inches in height.  Administration recommended approval of the request and attached a resolution for their review.


After some discussion it was moved by Trustee Dougherty and seconded by Trustee Grzywacz to approve the variance request to allow the Vaughn family to place a fifty (50) inch high monument on the west 1/3 of Lot 351, Block J at Riverside Cemetery.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY


Chairwoman Olson inquired as to the status of Block M at Riverside Cemetery.  At the November 27, 2001 meeting, there was some discussion regarding changing the current regulations for monument style and size in that block to allow all styles and sizes in an effort to sell more gravesites in that area.  After further consideration by the Department of Municipal Services, it was decided that Block M should remain intact with current regulations at this time.



Chairwoman Olson noted the inclusion of several informative articles within the agenda packet and expressed her appreciation that these kinds of updates are provided to the Cemetery Board of Trustees each meeting.


Trustee Grzywacz inquired as to whether the Department of Municipal Services has pursued using volunteer groups, or 35th District Court Work Detail personnel to perform general cleanup of both Pearl St. and Riverside Cemeteries.  She stated that she is aware of the situation in Northville where this type of labor has been used to pickup downed limbs and trash throughout the cemetery at no cost to the City. The Administration made note of this suggestion and will forward it to the Supervisory Staff at DMS for consideration.



Hearing no further business to come before the Cemetery Board of Trustees, Chairwoman Olson entertained a motion to adjourn.  It was moved by Trustee Grzywacz and seconded by Trustee Dougherty to adjourn the meeting at 7:23 pm.  MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY


NEXT MEETING:      Tuesday, May 28, 2002 – 5:00 pm at Riverside Cemetery