Resident plans to give cemetery an upgrade

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By Hannah Poling
Staff Writer

The Pleasant Township trustees said they would support a plan to add an arch to the entryway at Ebenezer Cemetery after a request from a citizen.

Bill Dawson attended the Pleasant Township board meeting on Oct. 8 to make a presentation regarding the cemetery, located at the corner of Kunz and Johnson roads.

Dawson works at the Franklin Park Conservatory, but has spent the last 30 years taking care of flowers, planting flowers and edging the cemetery. He proposed the addition of an arch to the entry of the cemetery.

The cemetery sign was replaced four years ago, however it is currently just a reflective road sign. The hope is to begin a fundraising campaign to finance the project so it does not cost the township anything.

“I would love to try to raise funds for an arch to go over the entryway and maybe fix up the entryway a little bit,” said Dawson.

The trustees gave their approval to Dawson to begin reviewing what some of the potential costs of the project might be. Dawson plans to come back to the trustee once the financial estimates are complete for final approval before starting his fundraising campaign.

The goal is to begin around Veterans Day.

“I was wanting to kind of start on Veterans Day because of all the veterans that are over there. We would like to honor them,” said Dawson.

In other township news, new fire engine 231 has been lettered and was in service starting Oct. 11.

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