St Johnsbury Cemetery Commission – November 8, Ballot Item
Absentee voting is currently open for the November 8, 2016 election. The Town of St Johnsbury has one item on the ballot for consideration, which is for the creation of a Cemetery Commission. The article language is as follows:
? Shall the voters of the Town of St Johnsbury place its public burial grounds under the charge of cemetery commissioners, and elect separately a board of three (3) cemetery commissioners, who shall have the care and management of such burial ground and exercise all the powers, rights and duties with respect to such care and management.
The Town currently owns several Cemeteries which are maintained by a combination of neighbors, nearby churches, volunteers and the Department of Public Works when called upon. Since the Town does not have a Cemetery Commission, the duties of management are the responsibility of the Town Select Board.
The Town will soon be acquiring the Grove Cemetery in East St Johnsbury, which is much more significant in size and is more active than the other cemeteries in Town. The Grove Cemetery Association, which is not associated with the Town, has dissolved, and in accordance with State Law, the Town will be required to take over the management of the Cemetery. This property requires more active management to keep the cemetery mowed, the fences in good repair. There is also work associated with selling lots and arranging burials.
The Town is asking voters if they wish to create a Cemetery Commission of three people to manage the Town owned cemeteries, including the Grove Cemetery. If the creation of a Cemetery Commission is approved by voters, commissioners will be elected during Town Meeting.
The Vermont Secretary of State’s office has developed additional information available at the following link: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/616600/digging-deep-2014.pdf
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