ES Cemetery Commission in need of new member

Thursday, November 19, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

Eureka Springs Cemetery Commission chair Susan Tharp said the commission is in need of a new commissioner to replace Judy Holden at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Tharp said Mayor Butch Berry will appoint Holden’s replacement, and the city council will have to approve the appointment. Holden said next month’s meeting is her last.

Also at the meeting, the commission discussed repainting the flagpoles in the cemetery in early spring, but decided to leave it on the agenda to decide at a later meeting. The commission will need to borrow a bucket truck to paint the flagpoles, and commissioner Glenna Booth said that the city should have purchased one by spring.

Tharp said the cemetery is still in need of donations to build an entrance sign, but she thinks it is pretty close to its goal. She said the commission needs to take another site walk to determine the placement and orientation of the sign.

Groundskeeper Charles Johnson said he has spoken with the teacher of the welding class at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, and some students are interested in helping with the sign.

Commissioner Bruce Wright told the commission that 12 volunteers showed up for the headstone cleaning, possibly the best turnout they’ve ever had, on Saturday, Oct. 31.

“I’d like to make sure this is continued, maybe one in the fall and one in the spring,” Wright said. “We have all this D-2. We were able to complete a whole block with that amount of people. If that’s continued, we’ll be able to knock a lot of that lichen and mold off.”

He said the commission provided the volunteers with water, doughnuts and hot dogs.

The cemetery commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 in the Auditorium.

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