Cemetery Commission agrees to compensate City Clerk

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Cemetery roadway to be re-paved

By Linda Ireland

The City of Hodgenville will use money from the road fund to repave a section of the Red Hill Cemetery roadway.
Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse said July 9 at the biannual meeting of the Red Hill Cemetery Commission, about $13,000 would be used for paving the first loop – and worst part – of the cemetery road.
Another section of “broken down” roadway in the back of the cemetery “will be looked at later this summer,” Cruse said.
The Cemetery fund had $14,658 in income (opening graves, lot sales, interest) since January, reported City Clerk MaDonna Hornback. There was $44,658 in expenses, leaving a net loss of about $29,000.
The Cemetery fund, in all accounts, has about $210,000 total, Hornback said.
The Commission, which is composed of the entire Hodgenville City Council, went into executive session to discuss personnel matters.
When they reconvened in open session, they voted to appoint Hornback as administrator of the Cemetery Commission and provide her additional compensation for the work.
A previous administrator (prior to the City taking over the cemetery’s fund and upkeep) earned $200 per month, Cruse said after the meeting. Hornback also will receive that amount in addition to her regular salary.
“The position was paid in the past,” Cruse said. “It has not been since the City took it over.”
Cruse said the work is “quite demanding.” Hornback is able to complete the cemetery fund’s bookkeeping during regular hours; however, she takes calls on weekends and at her second job from people who want to buy plots or have questions about the Cemetery. Those duties do not fall under her “clerk/treasurer” job title, he added.
“She should get paid for her time,” Cruse said.