Cemetery committee submits wish list
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 7:00 PM
PESHTIGO - The Volunteer Cemetery Committee has come up with a list of documents and actions it would like to see completed by the Riverside Cemetery Association's Board of Trustees in the next few months.
At the top of that list is a letter requesting additional funds for the cemetery employees' payroll and a completed budget. The committee would also like the board to prioritize projects they need funded and allow the mayor to appoint a council member to act as a liaison between the Board of Trustees, cemetery committee and city council.
Tom Gryzwa, chairman of the Finance and Claims Committee, reported on what he, Cathi Malke, committee chairperson, and Don Richter, Board of Trustees member and a cemetery employee, discussed during their private meeting after the committee's first meeting in August.
"A lot of things came to light," he said. "Your income is down ... and this is going to be an ongoing thing. When you are making a budget, there are a lot of things you can't control, but we want to look at those things that we can control."
Before the cemetery committee was formed, the Riverside Cemetery Association had requested more funds from the City of Peshtigo. This led to questions about how the money was being spent so the city council formed the Volunteer Cemetery Committee to look into the matter and discover how the city can best help the cemetery.
"Looking at your financials, its going to be a tough road ahead for you because there's not a lot of fat to spend," Gryzwa said. "Your committee is doing a good job, it's just that I know, in the future, it's going to be tough."
Malke agreed that the cemetery is looking at some lean years, with or without the city's help.
"That last meeting, it was terrible," she said. "But this is where we want to go with it ... Believe it or not, we are here to work together to get that plan going."
At the committee's very first meeting in August, its members heard complaints and heated questions from the Board of Trustees before they could even begin a discussion.
"This meeting was just for us to discuss where we wanted to go with (the committee) and decide who wanted to be in charge of what," Malke said at the August meeting.
Brigitte Schmidt and Debbie Sievert are with Malke on the committee, which was formed because of financial and personnel concerns with the cemetery.
Before Wednesday's meeting started, Malke said she would not allow public comments until after the committee finished its business to avoid any heated discussion eating up the time that was allotted for the meeting.