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Nogalski Reports On State Of Cemetery

Issue Date: November 22, 2017

Stanley Nogalski, in his Presidents report at the November 13 meeting of the Peshtigo Riverside Cemetery Association, recognized Lois Walters and four other volunteers, Rich Michalski, Ruth Stiemke, Anthony Matecki and Kathy Crabtree for their time in helping to remove summer grave decorations on Oct. 9.

Nogalski also thanked Jim Felker for his assistance in working with Sexton, John Garon after the departure of the former assistant groundskeeper. Nogalski noted, Felker did a fine job in stepping in and keeping things going seamlessly. Also in his report, he thanked and commended Garon for his hard work and diligence this past season. "He has done an absolutely wonderful job with the grounds and serving the members of our association who have questions, concerns or require assistance in time of need".

Treasurer Nancy Holtzberger reported the cemetery association income so far for this year is $17,373.96. The association could possibly use this money to buy a better lawnmower or update existing equipment. Holtzberger also indicated there is $47,772.02 in the checking account at this time. It was also reported that the former assistant grounds worker, Deb Harper, was granted unemployment.

Sexton Garon reported in the past month there was seven burials, one being out of town, one was a cremation and the other five were in the Riverside cemetery. Garon said, "Yearly totals so far are 37 burials, including 17 full burials and 20 cremations and also 21 grave sales. These totals are very close to last years totals at this timeframe".

Nogalski also reported in his Presidents report that the Board Meeting schedule for the 2018 year has been approved by the City, with meetings being held at the Drees Center at 5:30 p.m. on the dates of Jan. 15, March 12, May 14, July 9, Sept. 17 and Nov. 12.

The January meeting will be preceded by the Annual Meeting for all the members of the Association. There will be five positions open for election. The unfilled vacancies left by the passing of Pat Tobin and present board members Stan Nogalski, Sally Witak and Nancy Holzberger. Any members with an interest in helping serve the needs of their friends and neighbors are encouraged to attend, volunteer to run for the Board and vote.

Garon also stated the Gravity machine broke down on October 31 and was brought back for repair with the same piece metal broken off the disk, that was fixed prior. The machine should be replaced, but Nogalski will check when the warranty expires and will also get estimates for replacement. Garon also noted the truck is in rough condition and is being brought to the mechanic for repairs. The John Deere Lawnmower needs a belt replacement otherwise is still in good working order, the Backhoe is also in good shape and the new pole saw they received will come in very handy.

With winter fast approaching, the crew is in the process of breaking down the cemetery for the winter season. Felker will have surgery with an anticipated recovery time of between one and three months. He will be returning to work on an as needed basis and when he is able to.

In public comment, Holtzberger stated a committee was formed for how to proceed with the hiring process to acquire an assistance to help Garon. Further information will be posted once it is available. Also in public comment, Felker commended Garon for the great job he is doing. People call daily and he either has an answer or gets them an answer promptly. Holtzberger commented that she has heard nothing but good comments and no complaints .

A discussion was held regarding the types of monument benches that are permitted at the Cemetery. At this point only solid type benches with a solid base and no legs in the form of a grave marker with dates/ names/ etc. are allowed. This type is much easier for lawn maintenance without having to navigate under and between the bench type with legs without a solid base. It was recommended at this time, the slab type benches are allowed and not the leg type benches.

Several funeral directors have inquired about above ground burial for cremations and urns of which they use a sealant for the container. The cemetery charter rules state "Burial of human wastes only". Nogalski is convinced that above ground storage is something we don't need. Also another thing to consider would be different fees for the different burial types. Committee member Dave Zahn, made a motion "At this time we not allow above ground burial. We have enough space for conventional burials and it will also result in a reduction of revenue".

Lois Walters addressed the committee about the addition and placement of a Kiosk bulletin board with a map of the cemetery along with user friendly information to help find loved ones in the cemetery.

Information will also be placed in the Kiosk of whom to contact that can be utilized for many different things. The placement will be by the flags, beyond the monument by the center road. Nogalski will be responsible for managing and maintaining the Kiosk, which will be of minimal maintenance.

Walters made a motion to accept the construction and placement of the Kiosk under direction of Walters and Kathy Crabtreee.

A reminder that winter memorial grave decorations may be placed at the cemetery beginning November 15. Please keep in mind that these items should be removed prior to April 1, 2018 to facilitate the annual spring cleanup activity by the cemetery staff.


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