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Inmates are back in the cemeteries

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By The Staff

The city’s cemeteries will look spiffy once again as prison inmates will be allowed to maintain them.

Acting Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey informed the city commission at Monday’s regular meeting that the city, along with others in the tri-county area who use the inmates to maintain cemeteries, filed letters explaining that the only private property in the cemeteries are the actual burial plots and the cities own and operate the cemeteries.

The city had been informed about a month ago by the warden at Lancaster Correctional Institute that inmates were barred from working on private property, and thus unable to maintain the cemeteries because the burial plots are sold to individual owners.

City Manager Grady Hartzog sent letters to the area’s legislators asking for relief, and the letter to the warden clarifying the cemetery operations to get the inmate service renewed.