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Henderson council seeks input on cemetery rules

Henderson council seeks input on cemetery rules
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POSTED: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 10:14pm

 A plan to add new guidelines for headstones and grave decorations in a city cemetery was put on hold until residents have a chance to weigh in.

The Henderson City Council planned to amend the rules at this week’s meeting but chose to table the item in order to get input and have more time to review the changes, Mayor Pat Brack said.

“There have been concerns about people erecting the gravestones that aren’t in keeping with our guidelines or adding elements to the graves other than flowers, which some people feel detracts from the solemnity of site,” Brack said.

An older section of the cemetery is only supposed to have flat gravestones for easier maintenance, Brack said. A new section allows for upright headstones.

“This is a public cemetery and we want to make sure the rules we adopt are what the people using it want, so we’re encouraging people to contact us within the next couple of weeks if they have specific issues they’d like addressed in the regulations,” she said.

Continue reading this story from KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal.

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