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Council to offer direction on cemetery rules

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, June 8, 2013

Oaklawn Cemetery recently announced that it will begin on June 14 to enforce rules that limit items placed at graves.

The city-owned cemetery posted a notice May 17 that all “faded, wilted or unsightly flowers will be removed by the groundskeepers,” pointing out that the “placement of any decorative items such as benches, seats, lights, chimes, toys, carpet, etc., that impede or prevent the mowing or maintenance of the cemetery is prohibited.”

Like the mowing of bluebonnets before they went to seed in spring 2012, the notice generated another round of controversy at the cemetery.

Monday, the city council will “discuss and give direction” regarding rules and regulations at the Oaklawn and Sand Hill cemeteries.

That item is one of only six on the agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall – but it promises to generate the most discussion.

After approving minutes of previous meetings, and bills and invoices for May, the council will also:

  • consider a resolution adopting a rate review mechanism agreement with Atmos Energy;
  • consider nominating a member to the board of directors of the Wise County Appraisal District to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Joey Luttrull; and
  • consider a request from the Decatur Lions Club for permission to hold a “Steak Break” 5K run on Sept. 29 in connection with the club’s annual Steak Challenge.

The meeting is open to the public.

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