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Nonprofit helps achieve goals for historic Spring Grove Cemetery

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MEDINA — Friends of the Cemetery have had a hand in helping to meet objectives for the city’s historic Spring Grove Cemetery, parks director Jansen Wehrley told City Council members Monday night.

Wehrley told council members the first master plan for the 1883 Spring Grove Cemetery, 115 N. Spring Grove St., was drafted in 1997 and updated 10 years later.

“The reason why we made a completely new master plan is most of the items that were identified on the original master plan, as well as the updated (plan), were completed at Spring Grove Cemetery, which is quite an accomplishment,” Wehrley said.

Part of that success is due to the working relationship the city has with Friends of the Cemetery, he said.

The nonprofit organization has “donated quite a large amount of money to the improvements at Spring Grove,” he said.

Council also approved an ordinance to increase a previously authorized $60,000 to $72,000 to allow the cemetery to build a new columbarium wall. The wall will provide additional space for cremated remains.

Wehrley said when funding initially was requested for the project, contingency expenses were not included.

“We are running out of niche space at Spring Grove Cemetery,” he said. “I did want to note the costs for the project will be recouped through future niche sales.”

Finance Director Keith Dirham was authorized to transfer the $12,000 to the cemetery mausoleum fund to be paid back through the sale of niche spaces in the new columbarium wall.

Juvenile court

Also Monday, Medina County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Kevin Dunn updated council members on the 2017 annual report he submitted to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Dunn said while there were 540 new traffic cases filed in Juvenile Court in 2017, about 800 cases were not reflected in that statistic.

He explained the court works with area law enforcement to send minor traffic offenders through a program, so they “don’t get a ding on their license.”

“They basically go through a driver’s ed class for a weekend with police authorities,” he said.

Dunn, who also oversees the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center, said 398 minors were admitted to the center last year, which also held 156 juvenile felony offenders.

Dunn said about 60 percent of the cases he sees are drug-related.

Other statistics in his report included:

  • 635 delinquency cases;
  • 86 dependency, neglect or abuse cases;
  • 86 unruly cases;
  • 1 motion for permanent custody;
  • 26 custody or visitation cases.

Previous years’ statistics for comparison purposes were not immediately available.

“We provide all kinds of services to kids to try and clean them up and bring them back,” Dunn said.

“Our focus is on making them good members of the community and understanding there is a community of people they are expected to behave for as well as (who) are behind them to help them out.”

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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