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City council to consider changes to cemetery rules

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By The Staff

The Lawrenceburg City Council, after holding a work session to discuss its controversial cemetery ordinance, is expected to continue discussion—including the placement of Confederate flags—at its June 13 meeting
Lawrenceburg residents voiced their concerns at a special hearing May 19, in which dozens of grieving family members protested the May 15 deadline in removing unattached items placed at gravestones.
The cemetery guidelines, adopted in 2002, dictate that any items not attached to the gravestones must be removed by May 15 to allow for mowing, but those guidelines had not been enforced until this past April.
The city council then suspended the cemetery policy to consider changes at its work session on May 24. The work session yielded discussion about shepherd’s hooks and American flag placement, as well as when and where Confederate flags can be allowed on plots.
City Attorney Robert Myles said the Sons of the Confederacy already decorate the gravesites of known Confederate soldiers.
Following the meeting, Myles said he intends to draft the ordinance to allow such flags on Confederate gravesites, all of which are in the old cemetery.