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Red Hill Cemetery Commission to purchase mapping software

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By Linda Ireland

 The Red Hill Cemetery Commission, which is composed of the entire Hodgenville City Council, voted Monday to purchase a software program that will map the city-owned cemetery.

City Clerk MaDonna Hornback said the program will cost about $4,000 and will handle photos and scanned death notices and help with preparation of annual reports. It will cost about $400 for yearly support from the company.

Questions about road

Dianne Osborne of Elizabethtown asked if the Commission members had visited the cemetery since the July meeting. She repeated the concerns she expressed at that meeting: crumbling blacktop at the rear of the cemetery and cars driving over graves.

Tim Robertson, caretaker of Red Hill, said the blacktop had slid but does not think it will continue to do so. Hornback said she had driven that section of the cemetery and had not noticed any changes in the road since 2008.

Commission member Bonni Clark asked about installing bumpers “like in parking lots” to keep people from driving on graves.

The Commission, which meets twice a year, will discuss the matter again at its July meeting.

The Commission agreed also to have city workers demolish an old house at the entrance of the cemetery.

Mayor Terry Cruse said the house is “uninhabitable” and “a rat haven.”

Hornback provided the financial information the cemetery for 2011:

Total income – $38,965.87

Expenses – $72,644.05

Cash on hand – $236,552.44