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Plan developed to revitalize South Bend City Cemetery

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The South Bend Common Council has developed a plan to revitalize the South Bend City Cemetery. Next Wednesday, July 17th, a kick-off event at the County City Building will announce the project.

The Common Council will be discussing their five-year plan of action to improve the historic cemetery by restoring tomb stones, gating, and adding more lighting.

Since this is budget season, Common Council Vice President Oliver Davis plans to get creative when coming up with funding.

Davis said, "Our goal is to put in city funds and then to solicite donations from other groups, other families, other groups who have been a part of the community so it will not all be funded through tax payer dollars. "

Many groups have already donated like the Potawatomi, Sac, and Fox Nations.

Money isn't the only thing people have donated. Twigs of Life member, Robin Phillips has come together with local genealogical groups to start verifying the names and information of the deceased.

Phillips said, "Our group likes to give back to the community and we're genealogical based so we're nosy."

The kick-off for the five-year plan begins at 5:00pm on July 17th and community members are invited to join.
  

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