(Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 07--DECATUR -- The Decatur Township Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to hire a new cemetery director, filling a position that has been vacant since the former superintendent left in March.
Lynn Dixon, 57, of Decatur will start Monday in the job, which involves the management of Greenwood, Spangler and Sharon cemeteries.
Dixon is the owner of LTD Custom Cabinets and said he has worked in management in various capacities throughout his career. He was one of six candidates interviewed by the board.
Dixon said he looks forward to learning more about the rich history of Greenwood, where his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are all buried.
"There's lots of parts to that cemetery that I do not know that I look forward to learning about," he said. "... I want to know every inch of that cemetery, every bit of it. I look forward to that."
Township Supervisor Lisa Stanley said she was glad to have the matter resolved.
"I am very happy that we'll have a director now and can start moving forward with some of the projects that we have," she said. "We can start moving forward with some of the reconstruction. We're going to continue with the inventory to get our plots, our graves, put into the computer system."
Dixon will also live in a residence on the Greenwood Cemetery property. Trustees acknowledged that the house needs improvements, and they asked him to make a list so that they could budget the repairs.
In other business, trustees discussed a new "workfare" program that would help unemployed people build work experience and skills. The township would pay salaries for able-bodied adults with no dependents to work for a nonprofit or government agency, Stanley said.
Trustees are set to consider amending their budget to pay for the six-month program at a special meeting Sept. 10.
Stanley said about $50,000 is available because the township no longer supplies medical cards through its General Assistance program. The former recipients of that assistance are now eligible for coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
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