By Kristin Rover
Residents will soon have another way to remember a loved one at Union Township’s Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
Union Township Trustees approved the purchase of a columbarium that will be used at the cemetery during their July 24 meeting.
Administrator Ken Geis said a columbarium is a structure that is used to contain the ashes of individuals who have been cremated.
Geis said the columbarium they would like to purchase has 24 vaults for cremated remains. The front of the vaults can be inscribed with names and dates similar to a gravestone.
Geis said they have a scatter garden in the cemetery but not a columbarium. He said they already have individuals interested in purchasing a vault in the columbarium.
“We believe it will be very successful,” Geis said.
He said the cost of a vault in the columbarium will be around $1,000.
“It’s also another opportunity to generate revenue,” Geis said.
Geis said if the first columbarium is successful, trustees can purchase another one. He said a columbarium does not take up a lot of space.
Trustee John McGraw said he thinks the columbarium is a good idea for several reasons.
“It’s another way to offset costs in the cemetery,” McGraw said.
He said the columbarium will also give individuals a place to visit if their loved one was cremated.
Trustee Matthew Beamer also was in favor of adding a columbarium to the cemetery.
“I do think it’s a good idea to give folks another option in the cemetery,” Beamer said.
Trustees approved the purchase of the columbarium for $6,240.
Geis said the columbarium will be located near the scatter garden in the cemetery.
“We’ll have that done before the end of the year,” he said.