By KEVIN HOWELL
GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- Township trustees Monday night changed the language of its cemetery plot sales to reflect a growing interest in cremation burials.
The trustees agreed to change the term "deed" to "certificate of ownership for ground interment right(s)" at the recommendation of Trustee Todd Beeson, who attended an Ohio Township Association class at the association's conference this year that referenced the issue. Beeson said the change clarifies that people are not buying the real estate of the plot, only the right to be buried there.
Additionally the trustees approved the terms of sale per plot to be one full burial; one full burial and one cremation burial; or two cremation burials. Up to two additional cremations may be buried in a plot, each for half the cost of the plot at that time.
Beeson explained that cemeteries do not generate income after the initial sale of a plot, but require perpetual maintenance, and that it is becoming increasingly common for people to bury multiple cremation remains in one plot. He said that the new terms of sale is one way to take advantage of the trend in order to help offset the maintenance costs.
In other business the trustees agreed to pursue engineering for the resurfacing of Middle Street in Garfield to include in the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Trustee Chair Bob McCracken said that income surveys must be completed by April 5 and the application submitted by April 19. The trustees also considered resurfacing alleys in Damascus, but not drainage in the area since there would not have been enough time to complete the engineering.
Also at the meeting the trustees agreed to hire Tapco Electric in East Palestine to upgrade the lighting at the maintenance garage and recycling center for under $2,000. The project is within the road department budget, and it will also be possible to seek reimbursement for the recycling department portion of the lights.
The trustees also approved $500 for Reed's Tree Service in Homeworth to remove a tree in the Bunker Hill Cemetery.
The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 8 at the Administration Building.
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