Cemetery asks Sherman for help

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

SHERMAN—Tom Schmitz and Rich Gluck, representatives of the Random Lake Union Cemetery Association, appeared at the Sherman Town Board’s September meeting.

They told the board that diminishing funds would likely not continue to cover grass-mowing. The cemetery, located south of Random Lake on Random Lake Road and in the town of Fredonia, is not associated with a church. Upkeep is managed by the Union Cemetery Association.

“We’re looking to get some money to hire somebody to cut the lawn,” Schmitz said. “If we go with present money we have, we’ll be out of money in a year and a half.”

He estimated that $2,000 annually would cover grass cutting.

Schmitz said they’d gone to the town of Fredonia (twice) and the village of Random Lake. Fredonia had told them to check with Random Lake and Sherman; Random Lake had told them they would need to consult their attorney.

Through earlier contact from the association, the board was made aware of Wisconsin statute 157.115, which clearly states that an abandoned cemetery becomes the responsibility of the municipality in which it is located. However, the law contains language that allows a cemetery association finding itself with funds insufficient to maintain the cemetery, to approach adjoining municipalities, requesting funds for maintenance. For a “failing” cemetery, the law states that adjoining municipalities “may” contribute.

It is estimated that buried at the Union Cemetery are roughly 100 from Random Lake, another hundred from the Town of Fredonia, and 25 from Sherman. Town Chairman William Goehring asked Schmitz if they’d proposed that funding from each municipality be split in those proportions. They had not.

Goehring said, “I think it the neighborly thing to do, if we could agree to contribute based upon the number of people that are there, from each municipality.”

If the Union Cemetery Association went bankrupt, the cemetery would become the responsibility of the town of Fredonia.

About those buried at the cemetery, Schmitz said, “We’re looking at people that lived in Random Lake, built Random Lake, built the town of Sherman, built the town of Fredonia. Maybe it’s an obligation that this generation has, to take care of them.”

Goehring suggested the association write up a proposal as to how much they’d like from each municipality. That would give them a starting point.

The board unanimously agreed to go on record as being tentatively agreeable to assisting financially, based on the percentage of people buried there who were identified as being from Sherman; further, that additional financial support for those of unidentified origin be split equally among the three municipalities.

Supervisor Robert Boehlke asked how another Union Cemetery, located at the intersection of Silver Creek- Cascade Road and County W, had become the responsibility of the town of Sherman. Nobody present was familiar with how that had come about.

Other town business

A draft of the 2016 budget was reviewed. The public hearing for this budget will be held in November.

John Delmore of Scott Construction, Inc. showed the board a map clarifying the exact location of Camp Awana Road that his company had successfully bid to repair for the town.

Clerk/Treasurer Rhonda Klatt said the estimated 2015 population for the town of Sherman is 1,496.

The board voted unanimously to contract with Supervisor Kris Klein to mow the Union Cemetery on County W. Klein and his father have maintained the cemetery in recent years. A split-rail fence might be placed at the front of the cemetery as part of an Eagle Scout project.

Klein said he’d been asked by a resident if the town’s ordinance could be revised to allow allterrain vehicles (ATVs) on town roads. Several difficulties with that proposal were given. One problem is that county and state roads do not allow them; an ATV could not drive on or cross them.

Klatt said state statutes allow ATV use on roads for agricultural use, but for recreational use, no town in Sheboygan County allows them.

The matter was discussed, but the board took no action on the issue.

Building permits issued in August: Steve Schroeter, HVAC and electric; Wilmer Mueller, pole shed; Tricia Kulinski, pool and electric; Ed Napoleon, shed; Mark Szombathelyi, electric; Dan Bichler, addition to new home and HVAC; Ron Wood, plumbing; Jim Bertram, plumbing.

Sherman’s next board meeting will be Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. This change from the usual first Tuesday of the month was made because of a scheduling conflict.

The town office will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

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