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Atlantic News Telegraph
April 16, 2008

Supervisors to consider cost sharing for upkeep of Southlawn Memory Garden Cemetery

By Laura Bacon
NT Staff Writer

ATLANTIC - The Cass County Supervisors will look at a possible agreement between the city of Atlantic and Cass County to share the costs of maintenance of the Southlawn Memory Garden Cemetery during their meeting today.

The cemetery, upkeep and questions about ownership have been a matter of discussion for both the supervisors and city council, and while issues of ownership have not yet been cleared up, officials have discussed sharing the cost of upkeep, like mowing and maintenance of roads in the cemetery.

City Administrator Ron Crisp said that bids had been received for mowing and that a group that had been working on issues related to the cemetery - including representatives from the board of supervisors, city council and Grove Township - had been looking at how costs could be shared between the entities.

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman said at a previous supervisors' meeting, that Iowa Code allowed a township to levy taxes for the support and maintenance of a cemetery, and noted such a levy had been discussed by Grove Township officials.

Crisp noted that even if Grove Township did levy taxes, the amount that they could raise would be limited, and additional city and county assistance might be needed to cover all the yearly costs.

Crisp said that the cemetery would need mowing through the summer and that roads there would need some grading and possibly some gravel, and that an agreement to share those costs was being worked out.

He thought the supervisors might want to discuss a possible maximum for contributions to the upkeep, and that if they approved an agreement at their meeting today, that he'd "probably put it on the agenda to be discussed at the next city council work session," and that it could be on the agenda for the regular city council meeting coming up on May 7.

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