Owners of Evergreen Cemetery plots, unused for more than 50 years, can rest easy unless notified by the city of Plummer.
While the city does possess the authority to reclaim lots unused for 50 years or more, the city will first notify individual plot owners according to City Clerk Sara Allen.
“There is no need for people who have not been notified to contact city hall,” Ms. Allen said. “We are only in the process of reclaiming one plot right now.”
According to a legal notice published in the May 29, edition of the Gazette Record the plot being reclaimed is block 8, lot spaces 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 owned by a Mrs. Murphy, purchased in 1917.
When the city intends to reclaim a plot, the owners, if they can be found, will be notified by mailing or publication of the resolution for three successive weeks.
In the event an owner cannot be found, the resolution will be mailed to the owner’s last known address, if possessed by the city.
Once notified, plot owners have 60 days to provide written notice to the city clerk stating their interest in maintaining their right to the plot.
If plot owners do not respond within 60 days their rights are forfeit and the plot will be reclaimed by the city.