The Mifflin Township Service Department is reminding Gahanna residents that while warmer weather brings more opportunity to visit the Mifflin and Riverside cemeteries, severe weather can also put a damper on decorating graves.
Currently, cemetery rules state that after March 15, all winter and holiday decorations on the ground will be removed, and any artificial flowers need to be securely fastened to the headstone. According to cemetery officials, this time of year often brings high winds and severe storms through Ohio, and artificial flowers not securely fastened to the headstone often end up scattered across the cemetery grounds.
“This is also the season we are beginning to treat the grass and address other landscaping needs, as well as make repairs, but it is when we also typically see unapproved decorative items begin to appear at gravesides,” said Daril Tharp, Mifflin Township Service Director.
Visitors to graves are reminded that any obstruction protruding from the ground that hinders cemetery maintenance is prohibited, such as shepherd hooks, solar lights and seasonal/decorative flag holders. All small items must be secured to the base of the stone, not on the ground. While American flags are allowed, cemetery officials recommend the 12 x 15 inch size for best display, secured to the stone if possible. Live flowers may be planted at the base of the stone no further than eight inches from the front of the stone. No plantings are allowed on the back side of the stone.
For a complete list of the rules and regulations, visit the Service/Cemetery Department office at 218 Agler Rd. and pick up a copy, call (614) 471-4494 or visit http://mifflin-oh.gov/departments/cemetery/rules_and_regulations.php#.VgQRM8u6f3k
Additionally, Agler Road, which extends through the cemetery, has been closed to through traffic in an effort to deter motorists from using the cemetery to cut through from Agler Road to Old Ridenour Road. The number of drivers using the cemetery as a cut through has increased over the past year, and in an effort to protect both workers and visitors, a permanent gate has been installed.