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Gibsonburg Mayor Steve Fought plans to continue to press for a change in a policy that limits where plots can be purchased in a relatively new section of West Union Cemetery.

Mayor Fought said last week he plans to attend the next meeting of the cemetery board to discuss the policy and other issues, including maintenance of the cemetery on W. Madison Street.

After hearing from residents and a family who wanted to bury a relative near other family members but was barred from doing so, the mayor said it’s time to revisit the policy.

Rather than opening the entire section for the sale of plots, the board has had a policy of offering plots for sale “row by row,” according to the mayor.

While the policy is aimed at making it easier for managing and maintaining the cemetery, the mayor said he favors more flexibility in offering plots for sale.

After conducting a review of the policy that included walking through the cemetery, Mayor Fought compiled a report and in June presented it to the three-member cemetery board, which includes one member each from village council and the Madison Township Board of Trustees and a resident.

“I’ve met with the cemetery board a couple times and we’re working toward a resolution on a few other items. However, the board remains firm that it wants to uphold the current policy of not selling plots across the open space. I do not agree with that. I think the entire space should be opened up for sale.

“The policy has been in place for quite a long time. As we’re doing with a lot of things in Gibsonburg, we’re starting to take a look at some of those policies that were written quite a long time ago and ask ‘Why can’t we change them?’ I think the policy is a little outdated and warrants being looked into. I think there are a lot of people in the village who want to see it changed,” the mayor said.

Council’s representative on the board, Charles Gerwin, is also in favor of a more flexible policy, according to the mayor, and a majority of council members agree with him.

Walter Shreffler, Lima, O., told The Press last week his sister wanted to bury her husband near family members but was told she couldn’t. He estimated the grave sites are about 80 yards apart.

“That can be a long walk for those who are older,” he said, adding that his sister’s husband was a veteran.

 

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