Last week, the Bond County Board and Greenville City Council conducted a special meeting, with the topic being Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
Approximately 35 citizens attended the meeting with 10 expressing their concerns regarding the cemetery upkeep.
At the May city council meeting, several persons attended to talk about problems with the care of the cemetery, which is located on the east edge of the city, but is not in the city limits.
It was mentioned at last week’s meeting that in recent weeks, and after the group went to the council meeting, the care of the cemetery has improved.
The cemetery is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Caroll Berry of Vandalia. Pat Schaufelberger, attorney for the city, said the Berry’s are ready to sell the cemetery.
Schaufelberger and Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer have been involved with research regarding the cemetery.
During the meeting, Bauer said there were two corporations, Mt. Auburn Corporation which holds ownership of the cemetery, and another entity which is responsible for the holding of trust funds and maintenance of the cemetery.
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Early in the meeting, Schaufelberger said he believed the best solution is an association consisting of a governing body involving people who have loved ones in the cemetery.
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At the conclusion of the meeting, County Board member Eldon Young urged the forming of an association.
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An account for cemetery donations has been set up at Bradford National Bank in Greenville.
In addition, there is a go fund me account that can be accessed on the internet: https://www.gofundme.com/st-saulegoode.