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The Eudora City Council is changing the policy of the City Cemetery in regards to flowers and decorations put near grave stone markers. The City cemetery is located on 7th St on the east side of Eudora.
The new policy approved by the City Council Monday night is that between April 15 and November 15, fresh flowers, plants, artificial wreaths or flowers and shepherd hooks must be placed within the concrete foundation or on grave monuments or markers. This policy will not be in force near the Memorial Day holiday.
For 5 days before or 14 days after Memorial Day, patrons and family members can place the decorations listed above near graves as long as they are not in glass or pottery containers. City staff can remove these flowers after the two week period after Memorial Day ends. After this period, any materials that are blocking the mowers or have deteriorated, the City staff will be allowed to remove them.
Other notes in the regulations, is that patrons will not be able to plant in the ground and bushes, annuals or perennials. Benches, fences and landscaping or enclosures are also not permitted.
The reason for the new policy is to help facilitate city staff and not interfere with mowing that occurs on a regular basis in the cemetery.
During the discussion on the revised policy, Councilwoman Maria Nelson stated “I’ve seen many other cemeteries which have much stricter policies then what we have here.”