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July Board Meeting Minutes, July 27, 2022

President: Rusty Firestone, PRESENT

Vice-President: Thomas Barefoot, PRESENT

Secretary: Kyra Mangold-Ostovich, PRESENT

Treasurer: Michael Perovich, PRESENT

Grounds Superintendent: Corey Potts, PRESENT

Board Member: David Hruska, PRESENT

Board Member: Tom Imhoff, NOT PRESENT

Board Member: Rick Brennan, PRESENT

Board Member: Kevin Ondo, NOT PRESENT

Board Member: Vince Rodgers, PRESENT

Board Member: Ellis Michaels, PRESENT

Board Member; JaQuay Carter, PRESENT

Volunteers present: Linda Baird, Ben Lighthall, and Christine Schott

  1. Old Business

    1. Restoration of gas services to the residence

      1. Rick Brennan will be restoring gas services within the month of August.

    2. New cemetery section progress

      1. Currently at standstill; 2 triaxles of dirt is needed to grade the hillside, costing roughly $800 total.

      2. New timeline set for this Fall

    3. Tax exemption status

      1. Currently at standstill; further records have been requested for approval.

    4. Soldier Circle update

      1. 27 of 43 markers have been replaced, with 4 more applications being readied for submission.

    5. 48 State Tour! Workshop

      1. The workshop was a great success with several attendees from surrounding counties and States. 5 markers within Old Section G were cleaned, reset, or repaired under the tutelage of Jonathan Appell of Atlas Preservation.

    6. Scout Project update

      1. The concrete floor within the monument will be poured in two parts by Russ Crookham for $900 total.

    7. Meetings with State Leaders

      1. We have been unable to secure in-person meetings.

  1. New Business

    1. Board elections

      1. Votes were recorded at the end of the meeting and are as follows:

        1. President: Rusty Firestone

        2. Vice President: Thomas Barefoot

        3. Treasurer: Michael Perovich

        4. Secretary: Kyra Mangold

    2. University of Pittsburgh Graduate Partnership

      1. Christine Schott, the volunteer who has been transcribing the ledgers and photographing/cataloging headstones, is working on potentially collaborating projects with Pitt graduate students in the Masters of Library Science program. Their goal is to develop skills in creating and organizing a sharable database for large caches of information. The program will hopefully present the projects to the students for acceptance.

    3. Signage

      1. Soldiers Circle

        1. 2 large signs will be installed by the Circle in dedication of those veterans buried there.

      2. New Cemetery Section

        1. Advertisement signs be discussed at a later date once progress is made within the section.

    4. Work on lower road

      1. Excess pavement from recent local roadwork was donated to the Cemetery, and the rear road has been upgraded.

    5. Demolition of residence for Chapel

      1. The main floor of the residence has been gutted by the students.

      2. Electrical work is being donated by Tom Imhoff.

    6. Potential donor letter

      1. A draft has been started to raise funds for the Chapel project to raise funds

    7. Soldier Circle rededication

      1. Rededication service to be scheduled for Spring of 2023 to showcase the work that's been completed.

    8. Student Workers final day

      1. The students will complete their work on Friday, August 12. We wish to thank them for their hard work!

Meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM

Next meeting: Wednesday, August 31, 6:30 PM

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