Archive for Friday, November 17, 1989

DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR CEMETERY

November 17, 1989

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— A Lecompton group still is seeking donations to create a reward fund for the arrest and conviction of vandals who caused more than $4,000 in damage to a local cemetery.

Vandals toppled more than 70 headstones during the last week of October. No arrests have been made.

Lecompton Mayor Bill Reynolds, a member of the Maple Grove Cemetery Board, said this morning that donations were trickling in and were far from the repair estimate of $4,320. The repair estimate would only pay to set the toppled stones back on their bases and would not cover the cost of repairing broken stones, he said.

Marie Traxler, who is receiving the donations, was not available this morning for an exact donation amount.

The board is trying to generate $500 to offer as a reward for information leading to an arrest. An investigation into the matter conducted by the Douglas County Sheriff's Department is continuing. Reynolds said he hoped the investigation would result in an arrest or arrests.

If the reward money is not claimed, it will be used to help repair the cemetery, he said.

Reynolds said a small mill levy of 1.19 mills assessed on property in the cemetery's district provided a little money to help with repairs, but came up far short of covering the entire bill. The board's annual budget is $3,500, he said.

A mill is equal to $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed property valuation. The money from the mill levy is just enough to pay for the cemetery's maintenance.

Reynolds said the board probably would meet soon to discuss how it will repair the headstones.

Donations can to sent to the Maple Grove Cemetery Board, in care of Marie Traxler, Lecompton.

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