Burgin City Council Awards Scholarship, Closes Perpetual Care Trust Fund
At the Burgin City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 9, the council awarded the $500 Burgin scholarship to Hayden Robinson. Robinson was the only applicant this year. Last year the city had nine applicants.
The council also gave second reading on cemetery ordinance to abolish the perpetual care trust. In March, the city council voted to abolish the perpetual care trust. Mayor Joe Monroe stressed the city was eliminating the trust, which restricts how the funds are used, but not the perpetual care fund. City officials want to keep $25,000 in a fund for the city cemetery and use the remainder of $65,120 currently held in the trust as well as ARPA money for other projects, which includes buying a truck.
“It’s just unlocking it,” Monroe has said.
Each time the city sells a grave for $500, $150 goes to perpetual care fund. Monroe said the city formerly couldn’t touch the perpetual care fund without a court order, but the law changed in 2008 to allow local governments to abolish the trusts.
The City of Burgin is still asking for volunteers to help with the Burgin Fall Festival, which is returning this year. This will be the first time Burgin is hosting the festival in years, and city officials hope to have it on the second weekend in September, Sept. 8 to 10.
Anyone who would like to volunteer or serve on the committee planning the event can contact astewart@cityofburgin or bsmith@cityofburgin.
The city council also gave first reading to an ordinance introduced by Councilwoman Melinda Wofford to recognize Juneteenth.
“I just want to make sure everybody is educated about Juneteenth,” said Wofford, who called it Independence Day for African-Americans.
“I would appreciate your support,” Wofford said. Juneteenth was first recognized as a federal holiday in 2021. Juneteenth happens this year on Monday, June 19.
The next meeting of the Burgin City Council will be Tuesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m.