A Sheridan Township resident asked the Crawford County Commission to be placed in the township’s vacant treasurer’s position.

A Sheridan Township resident asked the Crawford County Commission to be placed in the township’s vacant treasurer’s position.

Lucinda Judy approached the commission during its regular meeting Tuesday to fill the vacancy left by the death of Robert Washington.

She said that her concern with filling the position lies with having someone on the township board who will continue to take care of the Beulah Cemetery, south of Girard.

“We feel like we need to have someone who has a vested interest in the Beulah Cemetery on the board,” Judy said.

While it is up to the County Commission to appoint a replacement for Washington, Commissioners said that they will take the lead of the township board.

“I think the appropriate measure here is to have the board make a recommendation to us,” said Commissioner Linda Grilz.

Judy said that it was important to have someone with that high degree of interest in the cemetery placed on the board as opposed to someone who may not. That way, she said, there can be assurances that the cemetery will be kept in its current condition.

“My concern is that someone who does not have family members buried there, or is not planning to be buried there themselves, may not take care of it,” Judy said. “It is a small cemetery and it is hard to find people to take care of it.”

She said that the current condition of the cemetery is fine, but she did not want to see a lapse in that care. It is the township board that oversees the care of the Beulah Cemetery.

“If you go there now, it is beautiful,” Judy said. “There are some things that need to be done.”
Judy said that her next step would be to approach the board and submit her name for consideration to fill the vacancy. If that does not work, she said there are other avenues she has.

“If they have someone else in mind, I will run for the position that comes up this year,” Judy said.

In other business, commissioners:

• approved vacating a 1/2-mile section of E. 640th Ave.;

• approved the Emergency Shelter Grant for the Crisis Resource Center;

• approved a proclamation to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.