Minutes-Huse Memorial Commission
Huse Memorial Park Commission Meeting
124 Park Drive
Fayetteville, WV 25840
Date: February 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Meeting Location: Huse Memorial Sales Office
Board Members Present:
Chairman Lori Tabit
Mayor Dennis Hanson
Meeting called to order by Chairperson Lori Tabit at 10:03 a.m. Everyone read the October 26, 2016 minutes for the Huse Memorial Park Commission. J.C. Blume made a motion to accept the minutes, seconded by Kay Phillips. The minutes were approved.
Sonya Wood presented to the commission the financial report. It had been a busy month. Lot sales were up along with 7 new sales. J.C. Blume made a motion to accept the report as presented, seconded by Kay Phillips. The financial report was approved.
Frank Hindson discussed with the commission to increase the rates for the mausoleum crypts and niches. The goal is for the mausoleum to be self-sufficient so the town doesn’t have to absorb the cost. There will be an approximate 20% increase that will effective July 1, 2017 and then another increase effective July1, 2018. The balance owed is $1,384,000.00. It was also proposed to have a 5% discount to funeral homes and pre-bought sells as a referral fee. J.C. Blume made a motion to accept the rate increase and the referral fee, seconded by Kay Phillips. The motion was approved.
The commission discussed paying more on the principle of the loan when there were extra funds available. It was decided to always keep a minimum of $30,000.00 account balance and use the remaining funds to pay towards the loan. Kay Phillips made a motion to pay extra money towards the principle of the loan and keep a minimum of $30,000.00 balance in the account, seconded by J.C. Blume. The motion was approved.
The commission discussed doing joint advertising with the Building Commission. Kay Phillips made a motion to spend $1,000.00 a year on advertising, seconded by J.C. Blume. The motion carried.
David Laudig donated a holly tree to the sponsor garden. He had grown the holly tree in his yard for his oldest grandchild. He would like to put a plaque on the tree for his grandchild and he will pay for it. Kay Phillips made a motion to approve David putting the plaque on the tree, seconded by J.C. Blume. The motion carried.
David Laudig presented to the commission a water feature that he would like to install along with flowers in the island next to the Huse office. He estimated about $2,000.00 for the entire project. David and Mark Reed will update the commission at the next meeting on all cost.
David Laudig asked the commission to purchase 60 bags of fertilizer that is on sale at Lowe’s. This would be used to fertilize the trees, the grass in block #6 and at the mausoleum. Kay Phillips made a motion to purchase, seconded by J.C. Blume. The motion carried.
David Laudig asked the commission to plant wildflower patches in the cemetery. Kay Phillips made a motion to plant wildflower patches, seconded by J.C. Blume. The motion carried.
Sonya Wood discussed flag etiquette of raising and lowering the flags during a veteran’s memorial service. Kay Phillips made a motion to leave flags as they are unless requested, seconded by J.C. Blume. The motion carried.
Sonya Wood discussed donation bricks for a memorial garden behind the mausoleum. These bricks would be in honor of a loved one and laid behind the mausoleum to make benches for the memorial garden. It was discussed about placing a monument in the middle of the garden. Sonya will follow-up at the next meeting with pricing. Mark Reed will start moving dirt from the back side of the mausoleum for the garden. Kay Phillips made a motion to do a brick campaign for the memorial garden, seconded by J.C. Blume. The motion carried.
The commission decided to organize the Memorial Day Service on Sunday, May 28, 2017 starting at 8:00 p.m.
There being no further business brought before the commission, the meeting was adjourned.
Lori Tabit, Chairperson
Bill Lanham, Superintendent