05/09/17 — Pikeville removes cemetery posts

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Pikeville removes cemetery posts

By From staff reports
Published in News on May 9, 2017 9:57 AM

PIKEVILLE -- The town of Pikeville approved the removal of small posts at the entrance of the town's cemetery last week.

Town Commissioner Lyman Galloway said the foot-tall concrete posts are unsightly at the nearly 100-year-old cemetery, located on Mount Carmel Church Road.

He said the three posts have caused damage to vehicles turning into the cemetery as well.

"Those old poles are a distraction," he said.

Galloway said the posts may be removed within the next 30 days, but he said it depends on the repairs of the town's backhoe.

He also brought up to board members during the town hall meeting about the possible placement of a concrete cross at the cemetery.

Board members decided to wait until next month's meeting for the approval of a cross. Members said the cross cannot bear the name of a specific church or denomination but must be plain.

Galloway said the cross would be placed permanently in the nearly six-acre cemetery rather than have visitors putting up a cross and taking it down during holidays.

Board members then approved a request from Wayne County to use the town's park for activities Thursday, May 25, during National Emergency Medical Services Week.

A budget workshop was also approved to be held Tuesday, May 16, at 5:30 in the town hall building.

The next town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m.