HAZARD — A meeting was scheduled at the Perry County Courthouse in the Fiscal Courtroom for Friday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the upkeep of Riverside Cemetery in Hazard. That meeting was cancelled, and the date has been changed to July 22, same time and place.
Those who own plots or have loved ones buried at Riverside are invited to attend. Riverside is located in Wabaco and is one of the largest cemeteries in Perry County.
During the last meeting over Riverside’s upkeep, Mike Roper, who is the attorney overseeing legalities in this process, gave a statement on video, which is posted in the Riverside Cemetery Facebook group.
“According to a letter from the Attorney General’s office,” said Roper, “the Riverside Cemetery is owned by owners of the lots; therefore, not owned by any individual. According to the Attorney General’s office, every person is responsible for maintaining their own cemetery plot. That creates a problem because it is hard to get everybody together. Some will do the work. Some won’t. What we’re trying to do is get everybody together that has spots, so that they can all appoint one person that will be the overseer of the cemetery. When that happens, I think everybody is going to feel better about their loved ones being buried there.”
Main items of discussion at the July 22 meeting include the possibility of establishing a trust that will fund grass cutting at the cemetery. Also, appointing an entity that will be responsible for overseeing regular cemetery maintenance is an area of interest. This meeting will be for Riverside Cemetery only.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.