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Norwich Township

Trustees consider increasing some cemetery interment fees

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The Norwich Township trustees are considering increasing cemetery fees, specifically for Saturday interment of nonresidents at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, the township's sole public cemetery.

Steve Montgomery, the township road superintendent and cemetery sexton, told trustees Oct. 2 that in some cases, the township is not recovering its cost for interments that occur on Saturday and require overtime.

Montgomery told trustees that on two of the 10 Saturday interment this year, the highest-paid township employees worked the detail. When that occurs, the $200 fee for the service does not cover the cost of providing it.

Montgomery suggested raising the interment fee for nonresidents on a Saturday from $200 to $500.

"That would be more in line with what other townships are charging and would cover our costs for the foreseeable future," he said.

Trustee Chuck Buck asked whether the township could use employees with lower hourly wages to ensure the current fee aligned with the cost to provide the service.

Montgomery said overtime is offered to employees and that the township cannot dictate which employees work overtime.

The trustees also voiced concern about not making too large an increase while families cope with planning a funeral.

"But we at least need to entertain some kind of increase," Trustee Tim Roberts said.

Montgomery said he considered all the cemetery fees in line with the industry average except for the nonresident fee for a Saturday interment.

Rather than act on Montgomery's suggestion, the trustees said they would review the overall fee structure before reaching a decision.

In other discussion at the Oct. 2 meeting, Hilliard Police Chief Doug Francis announced the results of a speed-enforcement detail officers worked Sept. 14 to 16 on Fishinger Boulevard between Dublin Road and the Scioto River.

Officers logged a total of 19 hours and made 66 traffic stops. Thirty citations and 36 warnings were issued. The highest speed recorded was 62 mph.

The average deviation above the posted 35 mph limit for the motorist cited and the motorist warned was 16 mph.

Police concentrated on the area because of the frequency of speed-limit violations, owing in part to the wide and flat road surface, police said.

"Although we cannot continue on a regular basis to direct officers strictly to work speed enforcement in this area, we will continue to aggressively patrol this area, issuing citations as appropriate," Francis said.

In addition, Township Administrator Kate Cavanaugh reported a dilapidated structure at 4055 Dublin Road -- a building that had been the source of a complaint filed in the Environmental Division of the Franklin County Municipal Court -- had been demolished.

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