Cemetery

Soon – help will be wanted, part time seasonal

Upcoming Job Opportunity at Harris Township

During the late summer of 2016, applications will be accepted for the position of Maintenance Manager, with a projected initial start date of October 1st, 2016.  Interested parties should begin to prepare a statement of qualifications.

The position will be seasonal (approximately March through November), and part time (approximately 20 hours per week) on a relatively flexible schedule, paid at a competitive hourly rate based on experience and skills.  No benefits.  The position requires a vehicle.

Sample expected responsibilities include oversight of township parks and cemeteries, lawn and tree maintenance, trash removal, cleaning, playground inspecting, court maintenance, minor repairs, and working with service providers.  Also: being on-call via phone or text, ownership of problems, plus planning for and implementing improvements across a variety of areas including parking, lighting, signage, bird habitats, rentals, and security.

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Why planting is not allowed in township cemeteries

Trees and shrubs tend to grow – above ground and below.  Vegetation erodes grave markers.  Items placed on the ground interfere with lawn maintenance.

In conjunction with our cemetery restoration project, the township has begun removing plants.  No new planting is allowed.  A decoration or momento which fits on top of the grave marker is allowed.  Items placed contrary to this policy will be removed.  Any item which appears to be past a useful life is subject to removal at any time, and certainly during fall clean-up.  Thanks for your understanding.

Questions?  Want to discuss how you might establish an electronic memorial on our website?  Please contact the Trustee.

 

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Township improvement checklist

Good things have been happening since 1/1/2015:

  • EXPENSES DOWN, almost $10,000 annualized reduction in existing operational expenses
  • IMPROVED SERVICE, to township assistance recipients
  • REDUCED OVERALL EXPENDITURES, estimated $40,000 savings in township assistance alone (2015)
  • CEMETERY RESTORATION, long overdue for both township cemeteries
  • WEB SITE ESTABLISHED, HarrisTownship.in
  • INCREASED NON-TAX REVENUES, approaching $60,000 year-to-date
  • PARK IMPROVED, playground mulch, bird habitats and seating at Harris Township Park

Plans are underway for additional improvements.

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Cemetery restoration is underway

Harris Township recently commissioned an extensive cemetery restoration project to be performed by Stone Revival Historical Preservation, an Indiana company.  Work is underway.

Both township cemeteries – Harris Prairie and Salem – will be improved primarily by the repair, straightening or cleaning of over 500 grave markers.

As of August 27th, work is complete on markers in the western portion of Harris Prairie Cemetery.  Take a look, and compare to the broken and discolored markers on the eastern portion, where work is just beginning.

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Harris Prairie Cemetery Restoration Work Scheduled

A comprehensive restoration project is scheduled to begin in August 2015.

Grave markers including foot stones will be cleaned, reset and repaired as needed.

During this work, access to plots may be restricted.  All vegetation, decorations and other items are subject to temporary and permanent removal.

Restoration at Salem Cemetery is planned for later this year.

If you have questions, or would like to bring anything to the attention of the township, please contact us.

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Cemetery visitors – important notice

Shrubs, trees and flowers that grow near a headstone will likely damage it.   Please work with us to protect your loved one’s resting place.  Contact us, and we’ll work with you.

Take a look at the photo.  Not only does weather impact headstones, but the plant you see growing could be quickly become a problem.  We know that a small rose bush or evergreen planted today might seem to honor the deceased, but that won’t be the case in ten years.  So please, think before you plant.

Plans are being made for restoration efforts at the two cemeteries maintained by Harris Township.  As part of the effort, vegetation and decorations will be removed.  If you visit the cemetery, we’d much rather work with you before that time arrives.  Please contact the Trustee for more information.

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