Newark residents argue with metropolis over cemetery decorations

The cemetery is now imposing a coverage that solely permits synthetic decorations throughout winter months.

NEWARK, Ohio — There’s a battle over what could be positioned round gravestones at a city-owned cemetery in Newark.

Cedar Hill is now imposing a coverage that solely permits synthetic decorations throughout winter months.

“I by no means thought 7 1/2 years later, I might should combat for an evening mild for her,” stated Loren Barber, whose daughter Jaime is buried at Cedar Hill.

Jaime was shot and killed in 2015. Barber fought to ensure the person who shot her was locked up for many years. 

By no means did he assume he must combat over her closing resting place.

“Everyone grieves otherwise. I can not think about leaving her out right here,” Barber stated.

Indicators on the cemetery’s entrance state individuals can not have synthetic decorations after April 1, which is when crews begin mowing.

Whereas this rule has been in place for many years, it hasn’t been enforced till now.

“The coverage that was put in place over 50 years in the past and has not been enforced, it has prompted main points and security considerations,” stated new cemetery superintendent Likelihood Patznick throughout a latest Newark Metropolis Council assembly. “With a purpose to keep the protection in essentially the most respectable approach, I do have to implement the ornament coverage.”

Throughout a metropolis council assembly Monday night time, many packed the room asking for a compromise.

Many argued among the decorations had already been eliminated and thrown within the trash, although metropolis leaders say these decorations blew away throughout latest windstorms.

President Don Ellington says town is solely making an attempt to take higher care of the cemetery and decorations are exhausting to mow round.

The town agreed to not implement the rule for 30 days, however all Barber needs is a compromise. He needs 8 inches in entrance of his daughter’s gravestone to depart mementos.

“I do not assume we must always should beg and go to this excessive,” Barber stated.

10TV reached out to Ellington, Patznick and Mayor Jeff Corridor for an interview however all declined. Corridor did say town is engaged on a brand new web site to raised talk with households.


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