A role of Township Government is the preservation of cemeteries and gravestones. We often drive by one hardly noticing. A friend wrote me yesterday saying one was "kinda a waste of taxpayers money" - in the context, it was far away from the main population of his Township. I don't agree with that. I have much to learn because so many Township task seem to overlap with the city and county, perhaps like one deeded to Hamilton County. (Picture to the right)
A pioneer cemetery provides not only a resting place for loved ones, but also enhance the beauty of the neighborhood. History buffs value gravestones and headstones can be viewed from an artistic viewpoint.
Delaware Township does a pretty good job maintaining our pioneer cemeteries.
I've found we have many people in our community who want give back. It is possible to encourage, create, and find some good people to do most of the upkeep. It cannot be a for profit organization.
IC 23-14-68 Care of Cemetery by Township
Cemeteries without funds for maintenance
In Existence before February 28, 1939
Not managed by any viable organizations Defines
What the Township Trustee must do
Reset and straighten all monuments
Level and seed the ground
Destroy detrimental plant, noxious weed, and rank vegetation
Note: Nobody should try any restoration without going through the proper channels. There are best practices and standards to meet to assure that you are preserving the site in a way that will not eventually lead to damage.
A beautiful Pioneer headstone off Cumberland.