Public invited to attend one of two meeting times.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will host two community meetings to review the proposed draft of the Cemetery Rules. PARD manages five historic municipal cemeteries which include Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, Evergreen Cemetery, Plummers Cemetery, Oakwood Cemetery, and Oakwood Annex Cemetery. PARD is entrusted by the families and descendants to care for these sacred places, and the cemeteries are also an indelible and essential part of the neighborhoods in which they reside. With the help of the community, staff has developed a draft of the Cemetery Rules. The rules were reviewed internally and by the City of Austin Law Department prior to their presentation to the public.
The community is invited to attend one of two community meetings to review the draft of the new rules and discuss any comments or concerns they may have with PARD staff. After input from the community meetings, the rules will be posted at the Office of the City Clerk for a public comment period before a recommendation is made to the Cemetery Administrator for adoption.
Community Meeting One Date: Monday, October 23, 2017 Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Location: George Washington Carver Museum 1165 Angelina St. Austin TX 78702
Community Meeting Two Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017 Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Location: PARD Annex, Shoal Creek Conference Room
919 W 28 ½ St. Austin TX 78705
Background: October 27, 2016 –A community meeting was held at the Britton, Durst, Howard, and Spence Building to give an update on the Cemetery Rules process. Staff presented the recommendations that were made by McDoux Preservation LLC in the 2015 Cemetery Rules Project Report. Attendees had the opportunity to review the report, and a plan to involve stakeholders in the development of the updated rules was presented. Public feedback was accepted via discussion through Speak-Up Austin.
February 20, 2017-Conversation Corps led guided discussions in two locations, Yarbrough Library and the Britton, Durst, Howard, and Spence Building. The conversations focused on grave ornamentation, associated religious and cultural practices, and the maintenance requirements that restrict ornamentation placement and certain materials. The goal was to gather input from stakeholders of many different professions, ethnic, and religious communities. A summary of input through the facilitated conversations and Speak-Up Austin discussion was shared with stakeholders. The input was thoughtfully considered by the staff in writing the updated rules.
May-October 2017- Cemetery staff reviewed current rules and conditions in the cemeteries. Staff then wrote and developed a set of new rules to be considered for implementation in the future, as well as a plan for enforcement of current non-compliance issues. The updated rules took into account recommendations from the 2015 Cemetery Rules Project Report, stakeholder feedback, and staff operations and challenges. The rules were reviewed internally and by the City of Austin Law Department prior to their presentation to the public.
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