New Albany City Council on Sept. 20 passed an ordinance that would require the city to spend up to $750 on an indigent person's burial.

New Albany City Council on Sept. 20 passed an ordinance that would require the city to spend up to $750 on an indigent person’s burial.

City attorney Mitch Banchefsky said the city is required by Ohio Revised Code section 9.15 to pay for the burial “when the body of a dead person is found in a township or municipal corporation.”

Banchefsky said Plain Township, which owns Maplewood Cemetery on Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, would provide a burial plot and open and close the grave, which is valued at $1,000. Banchefsky said the city would provide $750 for the other costs associated with the burial.

An application must be completed for the indigent person, Banchefsky said. It includes guidelines for the person to be eligible for the program even though the ordinance passed Sept. 20 does not include a definition of “indigent person.”

Banchefsky told council Sept. 6 the legislation was written after the city learned an impoverished resident was dying.

— Lori Wince