Town saves old, hidden cemetery
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org June 11, 2013 11:56AM
Updated: August 12, 2013 2:19AM
CROWN POINT — At the Lake County commissioners meeting on June 5 the commissioners transferred a parcel of land to the Town of Cedar Lake that was up for commissioners’ sale.
The town had requested this 75-by-70-foot parcel of land, which is in the 13200 block of Marquette Street in the Meyer Manor subdivision.
Town Manager Ian Nicolini said the town wants to preserve this historic site.
“The cemetery is actually home to the final resting place of Revolutionary and Civil War veterans,” he said. “Our goal in this project is to create a place of honor and reverence for the final resting place of some of Cedar Lake’s earliest residents and military veterans.”
It is not known at this time if the cemetery has ever had a name. Nicolini will be doing research to see if he can identify one There are no plans to name or rename the site at this time, and the cemetery is full.
Nicolini said, “The cemetery is currently obscured by a vacant and dilapitdated home immediately adjacent and to the east of the cemetery. The town purchased the vacant home and surrounding parcel on June 4, 2013 and are in the process of scheduling its demolition.”
He added, “Once the structure is demolished and the town receives deed and quits the title on the cemetery, we intend to leave the soon-to-be-demolished home lot as open space and to allow for improved access to the cemetery.”
The commissioners have a system in place where if a parcel of land is up for their tax sale a municipality may request the land be given to it. The receiving municipality, in this case Cedar Lake, will have only to pay to have the title transferred to its name.
Once a parcel of land becomes owned by that municipality it is removed from the tax rol.
The commissioners also receive requests from other governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations such as churches and schools for property adjacent to their own property.
All requests must come first to the commissioner who represents that district. If the commissioner approves the property transfer it is put on the agenda for the entire commission to vote upon.