Madison Patriot Project research completed
By Stephanie Johns
Jan Manos completed her research on the Patriot Project for the Madison Cemetery Stewardship Commission (CSC).
Manos has conducted research to identify all patriots in the city cemetery regardless of war or service. She has identified 452 patriots there.
She has begun a preliminary identification of patriot-related memorials, markers, and events.
Monica Callahan, CSC staff, said Manos has researched “all things related to community pride in service personnel.”
Manos provided her research to staff who in turn will provide the CSC with ideas for sharing the research. Examples include a walking tour, a self-guided tour, or a brochure.
Callahan said they hope to have an initial product in May. They also plan to share the information online.
The Roberts-Shields Memorial Company will conduct a site visit to inspect cemetery markers. Their repair suggestions will be shared with the CSC in February.
Callahan said they may get a cemetery survey as part of a grant the Greenspace Commission (GSP) is pursuing.
“We hope to utilize the grant for a dual purpose,” she said. She explained that the grant could pay for the survey to benefit both the GSP’s trail project as well as the CSC’s desire to have “non-intrusive” trails.
She noted that the first step in getting a secondary access is conducting the survey.
In response to citizen concerns about the actions of some visitors to the cemetery, Callahan noted that it is difficult to regulate pedestrian traffic into and out of the cemetery.
“It is not impossible for us to enforce behavioral instances in the cemetery if we know when it’s happening, if we know it’s a regular occurrence, who might be doing it,” she said. “All those things help the police do their job.”
In other news:
• Lynn Treadwell was re-elected chair and Phyllis Oxendine was elected vice-chair.
• Their next meeting will be 5 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Main Street & Planning Conference Room.
Printed in the January 17, 2013 edition.