Century-Old Cemetery Finally Has Rules

1 decade 1 year 10 months ago Thursday, March 23 2006 Mar 23, 2006 Thursday, March 23, 2006 6:00:55 PM CST March 23, 2006 in News

"My husband, he always loved roses so well," explained Myrtle Lodenbaugh. "And I always kept a rose over there, you know, or tried to."

Lodenbaugh visits Elwood Cemetery about once a month.

"I have two sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and a husband and ex-husband buried over there," she said.

Lodenbaugh is not against some rules for decorating graves.

"I'm so glad it's going to be cleaner," she said.

The Mexico City Council passed the rules last week, after complaints about unkept graves.

"We'll be the fair and equitable referee here to try to maintain the site," said Chad Shoemaker of Mexico's Parks and Recreation Department.

The rules allow only one shepherd's hook per grave, while other signs or ornaments need approval. The rules also prohibit edging, landscaping, outside containers, glass and fences.

Shoemaker said fences and other things around grave markers make it hard for staff to mow between rows.

But, some gravesite owners don't want to be told what to do.

"It's been about even, the number of people that have complained about the new rules and the number of people that have thanked us for the new rules," said Shoemaker.

He also said about 85% of owners have fixed their gravesites to follow the rules, while the city has tagged the others so owners will fix them.

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