Governor's Office for Local Development
Pendleton County Cemetery Board Cleans up Several Cemeteries

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 14, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

          Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) awarded Pendleton County Cemetery Board with a $9,676 Cemetery Preservation Grant for initial cleanup.  Senator Katie Stine (R-Southgate) and Representative Thomas McKee (D-Cynthiana) today presented Pendleton County Judge/Executive Henry Bertram with a ceremonial grant check for the Pendleton County Cemetery Board to restore six local family cemeteries.

            Governor Ernie Fletcher said, “Cemeteries are a snapshot of the heritage of a community.  I am pleased to award this funding to Pendleton County Cemetery Board for their efforts to preserve their history.” 

Cemetery Preservation Funds will be provided to Colvin Cemetery, Beckett Cemetery, Browning Cemetery, Fossitt Cemetery, Cresent Cemetery and Palestine Cemetery. The cemetery cleanup includes landscaping, fencing, signage, tombstone repair and cleaning.

"I commend local community representatives and this administration for providing funding for historic cemeteries," said Senator Stine (R-Southgate).  "I know that it is important to Pendleton County to have this connection to their past preserved.”

            "Cemetery Preservation ensures that when families visit their loved ones it will be at a cemetery that is well maintained," noted Representative McKee (D-Cynthiana). "I am pleased that the Pendleton County Cemetery Board was awarded funding for this project.”

            The Kentucky Cemetery Preservation program funds maintenance, preservation and restoration activities.  Examples of maintenance activities include initial cleanup and landscaping, purchasing equipment, fencing, signage and improving interior roads. Preservation and restoration activities include acquiring conservation easements, surveying boundaries and repairing and cleaning tombstones.

Other activities that are eligible for funding are historic research, archiving, training to support cemetery preservation and improving access roads.

Counties may establish five-member county cemetery boards to apply for grants. State agencies, local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations – cemeteries, historical and genealogical groups, and local civic groups – also may apply. However, applications from county boards will receive funding priority.

The maximum grant that a group can receive is $25,000 and the minimum grant is $1,000, and a one-to-one local match is required.

A five-member state board oversees the program and makes funding decisions. The state board is comprised of representatives from the Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC), the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) and the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission and chaired by the Commissioner of GOLD.