WEST ELKTON — An application to rezone five acres of land within West Elkton’s boundaries was submitted to the village council earlier this year, Richard Bair reported during a Monday, July 14, council meeting.
The application is to change land already registered as “agricultural” to “graveyards, monuments, and cemeteries” according to Bair.
“The [Gratis] Township had passed that resolution several years ago that nobody could build within 300 feet of the boundary in the cemetery,” said Bair. The village has finalized a deal with Jerry Gerber, the owner of the property, to purchase 5.73 acres. The land now belongs to Gratis Township.
The township has entered into a contract to pay Gerber for the land over a five year period. The land will cost the township $5,000 per acre.
“The trustees will probably only develop a certain amount at a time,” said Bair. “Maybe an acre or two at a time … it’s quite expensive to develop that land.”
“That land was set apart for the cemetery when the village annexed it,” said Councilman Charlie Pennington.
“I think we can look it over,” said Mayor Bill Crawford. “It’s up to council whether you want to move on it tonight or…”
“There’s no big rush,” said Bair, regarding making an immediate decision. “No one’s dying to get in there.”
Council approved a motion to change the zoning of the land to graveyards, monuments, and cemeteries; it was the first of three readings.
The village erected a working emergency siren the morning of Wednesday, July 2, testing it’s ability in time for the countywide test at noon.