Illegal dumping at Weed Cemetery in Darien was one of the topics discussed at the June 11 Monuments and Ceremonies Commission meeting.
Cemetery Committee Co‐Chairman Tracy Root, who attended the meeting, said that grass clippings are still being dumped at Weed Cemetery on Weeds Landing.
“We wrote a letter to ask them to please not to do that,” Root said, referring to the Cemetery Committee. “We’ve gone back two and three times and they’re still dumping.”
She added that the rationale of those who are dumping is “that no one has been in that cemetery for 40 or 50 years and the weeds are out of control.”
“Their solution was to put their own yard debris and clippings,” she said, adding there is just one particular area where the dumping is taking place.
Monuments and Ceremonies Commission Chairman Dave Polett said “the point of law is you’re not allowed to dump in a cemetery,” regardless of the reason. “It’s illegal to do so.”
“This has happened in other cemeteries that we’ve worked in,” Polett added. “People have been using them as their own depository, and it’s just not acceptable.”
A dump sticker from the town costs $45 for the year and it’s free for senior citizens.
Cemetery fund
The Cemetery Committee has asked the town for funding for the cemetery fund, and did not receive any money for the cemeteries for next year, according to Monuments & Ceremonies Commission secretary Karen Polett.
The committee is looking for contributions from the community.
Monument dedication
Those who want to set up a monument, memorial, bench, tree, or other dedication to someone in town need to contact the Monuments & Ceremonies Commission.
“We have a guideline that says no one should be memorialized until he’s been dead a year,” Dave Polett said.
Memorial Day Parade recap
Parade Chairman Terry Gaffney said that approximately 1,200 people marched in the parade, which he said was larger than in previous years. The entire parade finished in just under one hour. Everything went off pretty nicely, overall, he added.
Members spoke about having additional bands next year, such as a band on the dais, in between the end of the parade and the beginning of the ceremony.
Polett spoke about not giving out any materials during the parade.
“One of the rules we have is we don’t want you to distribute anything from the line of march. That’s there for a liability issue,” he said. “We don’t want people running out to a truck, car, the street to pick up anything. This causes a liability problem for the town.”
Commission members discussed for next year, having a cleanup crew after the parade.
They also talked about having a social media page — such as the town’s Twitter or Instagram feed, of photos and personal stories, and facts about the cemetery — for next year’s event.
Veterans sign placement ceremony
Wartime Veterans Sign Committee Chairman Lucy Berry said that about 100 people came to the ceremony, which honored Charles (Chick) Scribner. Scribner is the first person to be selected for the town’s new Wartime Veterans Street Sign Program. Two signs on Fairfield Avenue contain Scribner’s name on them.
The signs are on the block where Chick Scribner was born. May 26 was designated as Chick Scribner Day.
To sponsor a veteran’s sign, contact the Monuments & Ceremonies Commission.
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