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October Board Meeting Minutes, October 26, 2022

President: Rusty Firestone, PRESENT

Vice-President: Thomas Barefoot, PRESENT

Treasurer: Michael Perovich, PRESENT

Secretary: Kyra Mangold-Ostovich, PRESENT

Grounds Superintendent: Corey Potts, PRESENT

Board Member: David Hruska, PRESENT

Board Member: Tom Imhoff, NOT PRESENT

Board Member: Rick Brennan, NOT PRESENT

Board Member: Vince Rodgers, NOT PRESENT

Board Member: Ellis Michaels, PRESENT

Board Member: JaQuay Carter, PRESENT

Board Member: Roberta Kacinko, PRESENT

Volunteers present: Ben Lighthall and Christine Schott

  1. Old Business

  2. New cemetery section progress

  3. Letter has been penned and sent to local funeral homes.

  4. Tax exemption status

  5. Currently at standstill; records have been sent.

  6. Soldier Circle update

  7. Final stone has been set by Ellis.

  8. Two markers are unable to be updated due to incorrect original records of service.

  9. Grant updates

  10. Rick Brennan had met with Senator Jay Costa, but status is yet unknown.

  11. Meetings with State Leaders

  12. No further contact has yet been able to be established with other local politicians.

  13. University of Pittsburgh Graduate Partnership

  14. Meetings between the graduate students and Board Members and volunteers have continued, and the students are beginning to form ideas for their project.

  1. New Business

  2. Chapel fundraising

  3. Letter is being finalized by Kyra Mangold-Ostovich and will be circulated on social media, to local funeral homes, and businesses to start.

  4. House restoration work schedule

  5. Student workers have been making quick progress with gutting the future sales office.

  6. Basement

  7. Painting has been started by Kyra. All cinderblock walls are to be covered with Dry-Loc paint, followed by a coat of interior white paint.

  8. Remaining wooden framing from previous gutting of wood paneling is to be removed.

  9. Floor will be thoroughly cleaned and sealed/waxed.

  10. Furniture donation

  11. Mrs. Elizabeth Hess has generously donated her late husbands office furniture to use throughout the sales office and Board office areas.

  12. New cell phone

  13. A new smart phone was been purchased and has the capacity to run credit cards during future sales meetings. It's estimated that it will be about $75 monthly.

  14. Phone number is 412-294-3189.

  15. Fall Workers Program

  16. Two additional students have signed on, totaling 6.

  17. Committal report

  18. Interments - 1

  19. Inurnments - 2

  20. Year to date: 14 total

  21. Perpetual Care Fund

  22. Low risk mutual fund was opened on 27 Sep 2022.

  23. 25% set in bonds, 25% in blue chip stock, and 50% in moderate risk stock.

  24. Half of any committal fee, monument/footer fee, or property sale will be placed in perpetual care.

  25. This will accrue funds from stocks, bonds, etc., and will grow over time.

  26. This ensures the Cemetery will NEVER again fall into bankruptcy.

  27. Section mapping/photographing

  28. Christine Schott has finished photographing ALL of the Old Sections within the Cemetery! She will be working on completing map of the sections over the next few months.



Meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM

Next meeting: Wednesday, 30 November 2022, 6:30 PM

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