Goshen trustees pass on cemetery land buy

GOSHEN TWP. – Township trustees Monday night declined to purchase property adjacent to East Goshen Cemetery for expansion.

The trustees discussed with Road Foreman Jim Stryffeler the purchase of roughly three-quarters of an acre east of the cemetery’s new section for $10,000 with the intention of future expansion of the cemetery on state Route 165. The purchase price, plus the fact that there would be no frontage to the church parking lot, making access extremely difficult, proved too much for the trustees.

The trustees have been discussing the possible acquisition of land adjacent to both the East Goshen and Bunker Hill cemeteries, but won’t know about the land at Bunker Hill until spring. The land around East Goshen is scheduled for auction.

Currently there are 350 available grave sites in the new section at East Goshen and 110 at Bunker Hill. The trustees indicated that the Bunker Hill Cemetery on Middletown Road has proven more popular and opted to concentrate on acquiring that surrounding land. They noted that there is not enough money for land at both locations.

If the trustees fail to acquire the land adjacent to Bunker Hill, money can be set aside from the sale of the remaining lots in both cemeteries for possible land purchase and development of a new cemetery if the need arises in the future, Fiscal Officer Tom Knoedler said.

Stryffeler noted that his research has revealed a significant increase in cremations, which will also cut down on the space needed. The trustees are currently considering areas specifically for cremation burials and have already authorized Stryffeler to raze the outbuilding at Bunker Hill for possible use as such.