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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Mike Swiatnicki Elected New Riverside Cemetery President

Issue Date: January 16, 2019

Riverside Cemetery Association Treasurer Nancy Holzberger reported at the Annual Meeting on Monday, Jan. 14 that they realized a net income of $18,708.67 for 2018, "so things seem to be okay." She said as far as the increase in support requested from the City of Peshtigo, she has not officially had a response and has not yet received the money.

Operating expenses for the year totaled $83,343.38 and gross income from all sources, including a $46,004 city subsidy was $94,896.50. Burial fees totaled $31,325 and sale of graves netted $12,885.

Assets totaled $293,084 at the end of 2018, which Holzberger said was up from $277,698.53 last year.

The evening for trustees started with a special meeting at 5 p.m., at which several changes to the cemetery rules and regulations were approved by the board so they could be brought to a vote at the annual meeting which followed at 5:30 p.m., and was immediately followed by the regular quarterly Board of Trustees meeting.

Rules Committee Chair Amber Lynwood explained the changes they proposed were mostly to simplify language, "kind of put them more in the English that we understand."

A rule was added stating that except under special circumstances and with approval of the Board of Trustees, no more than two cremains or one casket and one cremains may be buried in a single plot. If a second cremains urn is buried in a plot at the same time as a casket burial or a cremains burial, the fee for the second cremains burial will be set by the Board of Trustees. Exceptions will be made for lots sold and grandfathered in with agreements for multiple Cremains burials.

Sexton John Garon suggested a requirement that artificial flowers places on graves must be in containers. He said he has a ton of them and could give them to anyone who needs one. Linwood suggested that if flowers placed without a container are a hindrance to him or become unsightly he could remove them.

An exception that permitted setting of stonework and erection of monuments on sites without approval of trustees or employees was removed, and a statement was added that above ground storage of cremains inside monuments will not be permitted at this time.

However, at the regular quarterly trustees meeting following the Annual Meeting the board approved formation of a special Ad Hoc Committee to look into development of a special cremains area for the cemetery.

Bench-style monuments must be used as a headstone, have a solid base,and be placed on a stone slab.

The series of meetings was sparsely attended. The only Association members present were Garon, Assistant Groundskeeper ", and trustees Kathy Crabtree, Lois Walters, Sally Witak, Holzberger, Amber Lynwood, Mike Swiatnicki and Patti Stibbe. Trustee Tyler Emmes was absent.

At the annual meeting, trustees Crabtree, Stibbe and Walters were re-elected for new terms. One vacancy still exists for a term that will expire in 2020. All votes were unanimous including approval of the changes to the rules document.

Garon reported there were 20 grave sales last year, 43 paid burials and 41 actual burials, of which 20 were cremations and 21 were full burials.

After the Annual Meeting was adjourned the regular quarterly meeting was called to order.

Main item on the agenda was election of officers, which was done separately for each office.

Re-elected for one-year terms by unanimous voice vote were Secretary Sally Witak, Treasurer Nancy Holzberger and Vice President Lois Walters.

Walters took over as president to accept nominations for that position. There were nominations for Mike Swiatnicki and incumbent Kathy Crabtree. Voting was done by secret paper ballot. After counting, Witak declared Swiatnicki as the winner and he ran the brief remainder of the meeting.

Stibbe thanked Crabtree for doing a great job as president. Swiatnicki echoed the sentiment, stating she had taken over at a rough time and had done a good job.

All committees assignments remain in place.

At Walters' suggestion an ad hoc Cremation Development Committee was established, with Walters, Crabtree and Holzberger as members. Crabtree reminded Swiatnicki that as president he is a member of all committees, and Walters said Garon will also be involved.

The next trustee meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11.


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