Board rescinds fence resolution

A petition signed by 612 Lysander residents was submitted to the town board and accepted as valid. The petition would force a referendum on the spending of budget money to construct a fence delineating two sides of the Old Presbyterian Cemetery in Plainville. The cemetery's neighbor, Fred Burtch, who has denied accusations of vandalizing said cemetery, organized and submitted the petition.

The referendum would cost an estimated $1,000, which includes two ballot boxes and four voting inspectors, as well as salaries and transportation costs. Supervisor Bullis recommended the town not challenge the signatures and asked the board if it would consider repealing the resolution.

After brief discussion, the Lysander town board voted to rescind resolution 88/2010, which authorized Butler Enterprises to construct a five-foot-high chain link fence, costing $4,808, on the east and north sides of the cemetery.

During the meeting's citizen's comments, Burtch said to his supporters, "Thanks to everyone who was out in support of me, and who took time to listen to me."

He also made it known that he too has a file containing documents supporting his side of the ongoing cemetery debate.

While the resolution has been rescinded, the supervisor later made clear that "there's a consensus on the board that something still needs to be done. We're looking for an acceptable way to do it."

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