Douglas County Commission to discuss responsibility over cemeteries in unincorporated areas

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The Douglas County Courthouse is pictured in September 2018.

The Douglas County Commission at its next meeting will discuss the county’s responsibility for cemeteries in its unincorporated areas.

During its work session on Wednesday, the commission is expected to receive a report from county staff regarding the active and abandoned cemeteries in the county. The report is also expected to discuss the statutory responsibility of the county regarding those cemeteries.

County Administrator Sarah Plinsky said last week the discussion would serve as an information session for the commission.

“We’re going to provide a lot of background information for commissioners to educate them on the different cemeteries we have,” she said.

Additionally, Plinsky said county staff would identify “cemeteries of concern” as they relate to the county and township responsibilities and other challenges. Some of the challenges include the mapping of the cemeteries and the preservation of historic records, according to the portion of the report in the commission’s meeting agenda.

“There are difficult things we need to resolve,” Plinsky said.

In other business, the commission will consider a resolution recognizing National 4-H Week from Oct. 6 to Oct. 12. In Douglas County, the 4-H program has 350 members and 100 volunteers, according to the resolution.

The commission will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St. Full agendas are available online at

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