Steve Kerr chaired the meeting –
· Treasurer Jim Stuttle presented financials for review and discussion.
· 2019 Budget – Motion was made to close to public comment and approved. A Motion was then made to approve the 2019 Budget. Approval was unanimous.
· Mark Matusak attended the Peoria City Council Meeting on 11/27/18. There was no funding level adjustment. He stated that he felt there was confusion by some members not understanding the City of Peoria owns Springdale Cemetery which makes a difference in perception regarding funding. There was agreement that there would be an effort to educate and dispel this perception.
Burials are off by 10 for the year which averages less than one a month.
· The Michael Ryon Memorial request for mourners to donate to the cemetery brought over $600 in donations.
· Project Updates: Prairie Gardens Scattering Garden Projects continue to move forward as weather permits.
· Equipment Repairs: High cost repair for one mower.
· Volunteer Mowers: Mark Matusak reported that there use to be as many as 5 or 6 volunteer mowers at the cemetery and they are now down to 2. He would like to recruit new volunteers for next year to help with the maintenance of the grounds.
· “The Civil War Shaft Project”: Billboard has been placed announcing the project. Bruce Brown’s Fundraising efforts - $20,000 with 100% match equaling a total of $40,000. The goal for the Project is $60,000. Efforts continue.
· Prairie Gardens Marketing: There will be a Spring event to market the Garden held before the first scattering.
· Springdale Historic Preservation Foundation will be holding an event to celebrate the restoration work on the Memorial on Good Friday 2019.
Kathie Raiborn, Observer
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