Damaged Headstones Create Cleveland Controversy


Debbie Oviatt of Cleveland asked Cleveland Town Councilmen to pay for headstone damage she said Cleveland Cemetery workers created.

Oviatt, who regularly visits the cemetery, said she spoke with a caretaker who said cemetery lawnmowers were causing the damage.

“This has been an ongoing issue for several years now,” Oviatt said. “I wish they would get it fixed or at least find a better way to do the job so more markers are not ruined.”

Oviatt said she contacted an attorney to about taking legal action to resolve the issue. Oviatt said the unnamed attorney assured her she could file a lawsuit if needed.

Councilmen said legal action wasn’t necessary, but questioned the Town’s ability to pay for repairs or new headstones.

Councilman Beth Mecham said, “If we give her money to fix the problem, other people will want us to put out more money to fix all of the headstones.”

Councilmen agreed to walk through the cemetery on Nov. 19 to assess the damage and try to figure out how to resolve Oviatt’s complaint.

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