City Cemetery Granted Funds for New Fence

Hoping to prevent any additional vandalism in the historic City Cemetery, the Connersville Lions Club spearheaded a project to aid in stopping unwanted entry by individuals and vehicles. Lions President Bill Cox presented the project to install new fencing on the north and south sides of the cemetery to the club, another in a long of community projects supported by the service club. The current livestock type fencing had been installed by the city Street Department but Cox said the cemetery need a better looking and more solid type of fence. He found a black vinyl chain link fence and took quotes for installation. Ron Paddock installed the 6-foot tall fencing from Grand Avenue to Western Avenue.

While the fence is in, there is still a little bit of work to be done at a couple of the corners, Cox said. In the past, there have been gaps at the corners.  He said a post was moved from another corner to the southeast corner where it was connected to the new fence. There had not been a post at that location for some time but there was a concrete foundation. Connecting to the east side wrought iron fence remains to be completed. A small portion of fence had to be moved to fill the another gap, he said. It all looks good. Superintendent Darryll Morehead and the Street Department have been a big help in the project, Cox said.  The wrought iron fence does need work or even replaced but replacement would cost some $100,000, he said. The hope is get some Lions to paint it to improve its looks.

After gaining club approval, next came approval from the city Historic Preservation Commission the cemetery is designated as Historic District. With that approval, he worked for funding.  The Urban Enterprise Association, the cemetery is in the Urban Enterprise Zone, committed $5,000. The Lions Club matched that amount and the Foundation added $9,810. Also remaining is a plaque to recognize the effort of the individuals and organizations, Cox said. Mayor Harold Gordon said the effort to honor the dead is important.  “When you honor the dead, that shows respect,” he said. “When you respect the dead, people alive will better respect others. I just love old cemeteries. There is a lot of history. At time you wish you could go out there and talk to them and see what they think about what’s going on today.” The next project is to get a light shining on the flagpole in the middle of the veterans circle, he said. The flag has been removed because no one was available to raise and lower it each morning and evening. A light will allow the flag to fly at all times.