Linda Daley chaired the meeting
Mark Matusak presented the Manager’s Report:
o Burials were up in February although still slightly under last year’s numbers.
o The CloudPoint GIS project is coming along well and is on target for completion in the Fall..
o There has been an early return of two “seasonal” employees to start cleanup of leaves that are remaining from last year. Clean up was postponed until Spring because of last Fall’s inclement weather. Grounds staff build-up is tentatively scheduled for April 22.
o The Pet Cemetery – Whispering Woods. Mark Matusak reported that calls have been made to a number veterinarians in the area and most now have flyers in their offices explaining the services Springdale Cemetery offers. Pet owners will have a number of options regarding burials or scatterings for their deceased pets.
o Connie Frank reported for the Springdale Historic Preservation Foundation regarding a presentation by Mike Rucker on a Savanna update and Prairie Scattering Garden. Connie stated that the presentation was extremely interesting and reported some statistics about Savanna Natural Grass. One of the many statistics was that Savanna native grass can absorb up to 4 inches of rain as compared to typical grass which can only absorb ¼ inch of rain. This could be a partial solution for water run-off for the City.
o Treasurer Jim Stuttle presented financials for review and discussion. Items were approved by the Board.
Following are scheduled up-coming events:
April 7 - “Restore the Shaft” Fundraising Event
April 19 – SHPF Dedication of “Resurrection” Statue
April 26 – Lutheran Hillside Village tour
May 6 – Tentative Ground Breaking Ceremony for the “Shaft” project
May 26 – Memorial Day Program
— Kathie Raiborn, Observer
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