(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Board of Supervisors spoke with the County Attorney today to review the counties position with Southlawn Cemetery.
The issue was brought up after some individuals expressed interest in some plots in the cemetery. Supervisor Chuck Rieken clarified that the county doesn’t have ownership or authority to sell plots. The County, City and Townships involved are strictly just caretakers.
“Maintenance and upkeep,” said Rieken. “But that’s the extent of what the county has, the county cannot stop anybody from being buried there that already has plots and proof of plots, they can still be buried there, but nobody has authority to sell any additional plots under the agreement with the AG’s office.”
A question was brought up on what could they do to allow people to purchase plots and County Attorney Dan Feistner advised them that there isn’t much they can do.
“I just don’t personally think it’s a good idea to be looking into that when we went to the court and it’s not something we were there to be part of and I don’t believe we have the authority to do it,” said Feistner. “We don’t own the land or the plot itself which is sold.”
The issue will be put on next week’s agenda for further discussion with the individuals who expressed interest in some plots.