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11-24-09 BOS meeting notes

The Caroline County Board of Supervisors approved crematoriums in the county as part of an amended zoning ordinance.


That ordinance, approved by a 4-1 vote Tuesday night, defined the existence and use of crematoriums in Caroline and describes the specifics upon which they can be built and operated in a B-1 zoning district.


The application was offered on behalf of Hicks Funeral Home, which received a rezoning earlier this year for a site on U.S. 1 in Ladysmith. However, the action by the supervisors defines the use of crematoriums throughout the entire county.


The ordinance says :

  • such operations are for human remains and not animals
  • cremations can only be performed in conjunction with ceremonies or funerals services provided by the funeral home
  • the crematory must be contained within the same building as the funeral home or if in a separate building, then it must be on the same lot with similar architectural design and size as the funeral home


Bowling Green District Supervisor Jeff Sili said he didn’t vote in favor of the ordinance because he had too many unanswered questions.

“We have no concept of what this crematory will look like or who else might ask for one,” he said. “I think we need to think this one through.”


Other Board actions include:

* Received a monthly financial report by Treasurer Elizabeth Curran and she reminded the public that real and personal property taxes are due Monday, Dec. 7.


    * Received a report from Fire-EMS Chief David Layman on H1N1 in Caroline County. There have been no deaths in the County to date related to H1N1.


  * Approved a policy prohibiting pay increases for employees of Constitutional Officers without the consent of the Board of Supervisors.


    * Approve a lease with the County Museum Committee to occupy space formerly used by the Commissioner of the Revenue.


   * Adopted amendments to the charter of the Emergency Services Commission.


         * Deferred action until its Dec. 1 meeting on a request from Peumansend Creek Regional Jail to allow incarceration of federal prisoners.


* Approved a request by Layman to apply for funds through a grant program for six full-time emergency services’ positions.


    * Advanced to second reading and public hearing on Jan. 12, 2010 amendments to the Animal Control ordinance.


    * Approved the establishment of one net full-time clerical position in the Fire and Rescue Department after abolishing the Administrative Assistant’s position and elevating two part-time positions to full-time status.