Henry County Indiana Cemetery Commission
2009 Meeting Minutes

Henry County Cemetery Commission Minutes, Jan. 22, 2009

Commissioners Present: Ann Holmes, Thomas Hamm, U.E. Bush, and Donna Tauber
Present from the Public: Ken Holmes
1. The minutes of the meeting of October 23, 2008, were approved as previously distributed.
2. The current officers were reelected: Donna Tauber, president; Mike Burch, vice president; Tom Hamm, secretary; Ann Holmes, treasurer
3. The president reported that she had sent a letter to David Rinker about work on the Painter Cemetery.
4. The treasurer reported a balance of $3,358.71.
5. The Henry County Historical Society has agreed to partner with the commission for placing funds with the Henry County Community Foundation. The commission will bear any additional costs involved.
6. The commission considered possible fund-raising opportunities, such as brochures for possible memorial donations at area funeral homes and participating in a June festival at the Henry County Historical Society. Bud Bush will investigate the cost of brochures. It was suggested that we might want to consider partnerships with family reunions for certain cemeteries.
7. Work is being done at the Mechanicsburg Cemetery.
8. The meeting concluded, with the next meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 26, at 6:00 P.M.

Thomas D. Hamm
Secretary


Henry County Cemetery Commission Minutes, Feb. 26, 2009

Members present: Burch, Bush, Hamm, Holmes, Tauber
Also present: Ken Holmes
1. The minutes of the meeting of January 22 were approved as distributed.
2. The treasurer reported the balance unchanged since last month.
3. The treasurer reported that insurance is current.
4. No contact has been made thus with area funeral homes.
5. The annual report has been submitted to the Indiana Historical Bureau.
6. The president, treasurer, and Commissioner Bush will explore the possibility of a grant to the Henry County Community Foundation for a brochure or funeral home materials.
7. An article is forthcoming in the Courier.
8. A report will be submitted to the county commissioners as way opens.
9. Thus far, eight historic cemetery signs have been erected.
10. The president reported that she has been reappointed to the commission.
11. The following cemeteries were identified as priorities for 2009: Painter, Beech Grove, Paul, Messick, Holland and Evans. We will explore using correctional center inmates for labor.
12. The commission adjourned until the next meeting, to be held Thursday, March 26, 2009.

Respectfully submitted,
T. Hamm
Secretary


Henry County Cemetery Commission Minutes, March 26, 2009

Commission Members Present: Burch, Bush, Hamm, Holmes, Tauber
Present from the Public: Mike Lykens, Jeff Ray, Angela Tielking
1. The minutes of the meeting of February 26 were considered and approved as distributed.
2. The commission discussed Stony Creek Township cemeteries with township trustee Mike Lykens and Jeff Ray of Summit Lake. A previous trustee signed a contract with the Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc. (CILTI) that restricts mowing in three cemeteries-Bundy, Current, and Rogersville--in order to conserve native vegetation. Their preferred method of reducing undergrowth is burning, but the commission is concerned that this could do long-term damage to tombstones. Jeff Ray has done some repair work in the cemeteries, locating, straightening, and resetting at least fifty markers. The commission will pursue ways that markers can be made accessible to visitors without disturbing the prairie grasses, and resetting large stones in conjunction with the trustee and CILTI.
3. The treasurer reported a $50 donation for use at the Hicksite Cemetery in Greensboro from Rick and Tracy Jones in memory of Maxine Higginbotham. This brings our balance to $3,408.71.
4. The president reported that she had attended a grant workshop given by the Henry County Community Foundation.
5. The commission voted to spend 300 to $500.00 if necessary for typesetting fees for brochures if we receive the Henry County Foundation Grant.

Respectfully submitted,
D. Tauber, President
T. Hamm, Secretary


Henry County Cemetery Commission Minutes, April 23, 2009

Commissioners Present: Burch, Bush, Hamm, Holmes, Tauber
Present from the public: K. Holmes, A. Tielking
1. The minutes of the meeting of March 26 were approved as previously distributed.
2. The treasurer reported an unchanged balance of $3,408.71.
3. The president reported that the grant application to the Henry County Community Foundation to help pay for brochures had been submitted and endorsed by a review committee. She is confident of final approval. The foundation will ask that the brochure include its logo. We will place an order for ten thousand.
4. It was reported that prisoners from the state correctional center would not be available until July.
5. Kenny King has offered to supervise county prisoners to work on commission projects.
6. Signs for Stony Creek Township cemeteries are being procured.
7. Work will be done on the Joel Pressel Cemetery in Liberty Township with the cooperation of the landowner, Jerry Hostetler.
8. Concern was expressed about building being done north of the Elliott Cemetery encroaching on it.
9. DNR has probing permits available.
10. The commission adjourned to meet on May 28.

Respectfully submitted,
D. Tauber, President
T. Hamm, Secretary


Henry County Cemetery Commission Minutes, May 28, 2009

Commission members present: Bush, Burch, Holmes, Hamm, Tauber
Present from the public: Ken Holmes, Robert Riddle, Brooke Evans
1. Minutes of April 23 meeting were approved as previously distributed.
2. The president is checking on the Henry County Historical Society acting as the pass-through agent for the grant from the Henry County Community Foundation.
3. Robert Riddle asked for help at the Hess Cemetery in Harrison Township. He has been mowing it since 1990, but is concerned about the increasing number of markers that are in danger of toppling over. Bud Bush and Ken Holmes will try to coordinate some work in the cemetery in June.
4. Brooke Evans of K-Mar Printing distributed examples of the firmís work to consider in designing a commission brochure. A final decision will be made at the next meeting.
5. The president distributed the grant agreement with the Henry County Community Foundation.
6. The meeting adjourned to reconvene June 25 at 6:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
D. Tauber, president
T. Hamm, secretary


June - no quorum


July - no quorum


Henry County Cemetery Commission Minutes, August 27, 2009

Commission Members Present: M. Burch, U.E. Bush, T. Hamm, A. Holmes, D. Tauber
Present from the Public: Ken Holmes, Bob Hess
1. The minutes of the June 25 meeting were approved, a quorum having been lacking in July.
2. The treasurer reported a balance of $4,782.71.
3. The commission discussed a project for the Day of Caring on September 11. The Hess Cemetery near Cadiz was the tentative choice, assuming that appropriate supervision will be available.
4. The present urged us to think of ways that we might recruit volunteers and raise awareness of our work.
5. The meeting adjourned until Sept. 24, 2009.


Henry County Cemetery Commission Minutes, Sept. 24, 2009

Commissioners present: Burch, Bush, Hamm, Holmes, Tauber
Present from the public: Ken Holmes, Jonathan Parkhurst
1. The minutes of the meeting of August 27 were corrected and approved.
2. The treasurer reported no activity in the past month.
3. The Day of Caring work at the Hess Cemetery was successful. The commission is grateful for Brad Martzenheiser for his supervision and the Cadiz Fire Department for making their facilities available.
4. The commission discussed Volunteer of the Year possibilities.
5. DNR will erect a sign on S.R. 103 near the Alan Shepherd burial ground. Ann Holmes will write a thank-you note.
6. A sign has been erected at the Hodson Cemetery in Stony Creek Township.
7. There is a report of an attempted grave robbery in the Bundy Cemetery in Stony Creek Township.
8. Jonathan Parkhurst shared his interest in the Pioneer Baptist Cemetery at Knightstown, information he has gathered on the people buried there, and his concern over its present condition. We suggested that he contact the Wayne Township trustee.
9. The commission adjourned to meet on Thursday, Oct. 22.


Henry County Cemetery Commission Minutes of October 22, 2009

Present were Ann Holmes, Ken Homes, Bud Bush, Donna Tauber and Mike Burch
1. Minutes of Sept 24th stand approved
2. Treasurer reported a few recent donations from new brochures - will get an update to amount in fund from Foundation.
3. President reported that the Grant completion form was submitted to the Foundation for purchase of the new brochures.
4. Discussion was held on winterizing and maintenance of equipment.
5. Thank you card sent to Brad Martzenberger for the Day of Caring - Thank you card to be sent to Allen Shepherd.
6. Donation of scrappers, brushes, ect by the Backenbach Gen. society.
7. Holiday Gathering will be Dec. 7th at 5:30 at Highway 38 Diner - Mike will make the reservation.
8. Meeting adjourned until January 2010.

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