Springdale Cemetery Observer Report
Linda Daley chaired the meeting
· Public Comment: There were two comments by the Public: A citizen attended to restate the Goals which in essence state that the duties of the custodians of the Cemetery are to remember these Goals: Caring for families and providing compassionate services to customers and to reduce the financial burden on tax payers. Secondly, Herb Kasube, the Race Director for the IVS Half Race associated with Il. Valley Striders, addressed the Board with an update of progress. The race route has a portion that winds through Springdale Cemetery.
· Treasurer Jim Stuttle presented financials for review and discussion. Items were approved by the Board
· Mark Matusak presented the Manager’s Report
· Brian Murray has successfully completed “dual entries” for the first month of this fiscal year in preparation for the switch from AXIOM to Cloud Point to take place later this year.
· Family burial site projects continue for 3 families estate. The three separate discussions are in the process of planning and Mark is working with the families to create a project that will meet each of their needs as a family.
· It was noted that 3 SCMA Director terms will be up in June and Mark will be informing the Mayor.
Equipment Replacement: The usual number of mowers available to maintenance is six but two of the six are no longer repairable. Mark Matusak stated that maintenance feels that they would like to limit the leasing of mowers to one additional instead of two and see if they can operate efficiently with that number.
· Maurer- Stutz will be commissioned to survey the plat for family estates. They have done work for Springdale Cemetery in the past.
· Prairie Gardens Marketing: Design Farm will be developing marketing materials: Advertorial materials will be created to educate consumers regarding the benefits of choosing “scattering” in a formal setting for their loved ones. The most important benefit for future generations is registry for loved ones. Geneology has become an interest for young people and this should be encouraged. These materials will be distributed to funeral homes by Mark Matusak preceded by a letter of introduction regarding the Garden.
· The Pet Cemetery repairs have been completed as well as pamphlet and signs. Mark Matusak will be sending letters to veterinarians in the area with follow-up visits to distribute materials.
· Connie Frank reported for the Springdale Historic Preservation Foundation. The “Shaft” as a monument was the first Civil War Monument in the State of Illinois and possibly the Country. Ground breaking will begin in April with plans being made for an October dedication event.
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