Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Graves dispute resolved

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        UNION TOWNSHIP — A dispute involving leaving mementos at Mount Moriah Cemetery grave sites has been resolved between residents with relatives buried there and the township's board of trustees.

        Residents were upset when they discovered signs that had been posted at the cemetery, which is off Mount Moriah Drive just north of Beechmont Avenue, telling people to remove all objects from grave sites.

        But Trustees Carl Walker and Art Wiedenbein met with a handful of residents and reached a compromise on where mementos, such as photos, drawings and decorations, can be left at grave sites.

        Essentially, the rules were rewritten to allow decorations and mementos within a 2-foot area in front of and at the corner of headstones.

        The board of trustees approved the new rules and the compromise at their board meeting earlier this month. The township owns and maintains the cemetery.

        Cheryl Ilhardt, the sister of Jimmy Haussler, who is buried at the cemetery, was one of those who met with the trustees.

        “They've been really proactive,” said Ms. Ilhardt of the board. “They're trying to work with us. They are going to allow us to have the two feet, which is what we wanted.”

        Trustees had said the signs went up after they received a number of complaints from residents about the appearance of the cemetery and the number of items being left at grave sites. They also said maintenance workers were having trouble cutting the grass.


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