CC council hears updates on cemetery, property concerns

Cambridge City council discussed the possibility of adding banners along U.S. 40 to honor veterans and considered several requests related to land, such as discussing next steps to address blighted properties and establishing a fund to accept donations for Capitol Hill Cemetery restoration.

Veterans’ banners
Superintendent of Public Works Ken Risch said he was approached about the idea of Cambridge City installing banners along U.S. 40 to honor the town’s veterans.
Centerville is one of many regional communities that have already done so, in a project spearheaded by Centerville Public Library and local volunteers. Some communities feature just the veteran’s name, years of service and branch, while others include pictures and names of donors.
Risch said the town could put banners on poles all the way from Indiana 1 to Hilltop Drive-In, so it could accommodate quite a few, depending on funding.
Council supported Risch’s plans to research potential costs, ways to determine which veterans are featured, and how to raise funds for the project.
“It would be a nice tribute,” Councilwoman Debbie McGinley said.

Capitol Hill Cemetery
Council approved an ordinance establishing a separate fund to process donations for Capitol Hill Cemetery to help address the serious destruction taking place around April 1.
The fund would carry over from year to year, and donations wouldn’t revert to the General Fund at the end of the calendar year. Creating the fund satisfies the State Board of Accounts, Bever said.
In addition, council approved a $7685.43 donation from Western Wayne Heritage for Capital Hill Cemetery.
A reward of up to $3,500 is still being offered for information leading to conviction of those committed the vandalism, with large posters displayed along U.S. 40 to announce it.


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