Oak Hill Cemetery to turn over to city

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Citing the difficulty of finding and retaining board members, and the time and expense of completing work in the cemetery, the board of Oak Hill Cemetery informed city administrator Penny Clayton of its intent to dissolve the Oak Hill Cemetery Board as of June 30.

The board held a clean up day Saturday, May 1, and a number of community members showed up, including students earning purple cord hours.

The board’s intent is to turn over assets and records to the city for future maintenance and operations from July 1, 2021, and to conduct a complete inventory of the cemetery’s equipment, providing the documentation and financial records to city offices.

The city’s budget had provided for an $18,000 yearly stipend to the cemetery.

Clayton said the costs of maintenance and repairs to the cemetery would cost more than that, and the city would hire additional summer temporary help.

A survey and abstract opinion are among other items the city will need to complete in the process of conveying the cemetery to the city.

Estherville’s founder Esther Ridley is among the individuals buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.

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