Council receives donation for Evergreen Cemetery fence repair

12 years ago

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

    HOULTON — Evergreen Cemetery will receive a new fence thanks to a generous donation from an Alabama man.
    Michael A. Baulch, of Huntsville, agreed to donate $1,525 to the town to be used to replace and extend the picket fence that is located near his ancestors’ graves on the northwestern corner of the cemetery. Baulch is the grandson of the late Charlotte Elizabeth “Betty” Ebbett Baulch and Harry Baulch, formerly of 10 Charles St. He is also the great-grandson of Dr. P.L.B. Ebbett, who was the first to be buried in the Ebbett/Baulch family plots.
    According to Milton Cone, the fence to be replaced has been at the cemetery since before he came on board in 1976 as cemetery supervisor.
    “We’re not sure how long the original fence has been in place,” Cone said. “Mr. Baulch expressed concerns about the white picket fence.”
    Cone told the councilors he shared those concerns, but informed Baulch that there was not enough money in the cemetery budget to replace the fence. Baulch then asked Cone to get estimates on how much it would cost to replace and agreed to cover the expenses. Baulch also noted his will states his wishes to be buried in the Evergreen Cemetery.
    Councilors unanimously accepted the offer and expressed their gratitude to Baulch for his kind gesture.
    “This is an extremely generous offer,” said Councilor Sue Tortello. “It is in a very special section of the cemetery and this will do a lot to restore the beauty to that spot.”
    Councilors also unanimously agreed to authorize the sale of and consumption of malt beverages (beer) in a secure area during the Riverfront Harvest Festival Saturday from 4-10 p.m. Marty Gervais, doing business as Shiretown Motel, will run the beer tent.
    In other agenda items, the council denied a tax abatement request following an executive session. The individual’s name was not released since it was a poverty abatement.
    The council also met in closed session with Town Attorney Dan Nelson, Interim Town Manager Cathy O’Leary, Community and Economic Development Director Lori Weston, Ben Drew and Wade Hanson. No action was taken following that session.
    During public comments, resident Phil Bernaiche said he was disgusted by the recent actions of four individuals who reportedly stole a gravestone from Evergreen Cemetery. Bernaiche added he also noticed a set of lights that had been placed on his wife’s grave had been stolen.
    “I think somebody should watch (the cemetery) once and awhile,” he said. “When we lose somebody, most of us have a deep respect for them. We have a police department of 14 people, maybe the council should instruct them to cover it once and awhile.”
    The next regular council meeting is slated for Monday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m.