CARYVILLE — Caryville Town Council Member Jim Taylor informed the council that there are unpaid graves at the Caryville Town Cemetery during Monday’s town council meeting.
The council agreed to send a letter to the deceased persons’ next of kin informing them of Caryville Town Attorney Lyndia Spears’ advice that the town send a warning that the bodies would be removed if the bill isn’t paid.
“It was a tragedy two years ago when a man shot his wife and then himself,” said Taylor. “People who lived in the town used to get a plot for free but then it was becoming crowded and people were abusing the right. We need a system.”
Taylor explained that the couple was placed in the cemetery before their rates were increased and that they placed the bill on the next of kin’s water bill.
“You can bill them but you can’t put it on their water bill,” said Spears. “We need to send a letter stating they had no authority to use the cemetery and that we will have the bodies removed or they can come pay the bill.”
Taylor also informed the council that there were several unpaid markers at the cemetery.
“They had no right to mark their plot without paying and we need to let them know that we’re taking it up until they pay,” said Spears. “You’ll wind up not having a plot for the people of this town because of people taking advantage of the system.”
The council approved of reappointing Council Member Henry Chambers as chairman and Taylor as co-chairman.
The council agreed with Chambers’ suggestion to come up with fundraising ideas for the town of Caryville at the first of the year.
“We need something for this town to raise funds in this town,” said Chambers. “As of the first of the year we’ve got to do something.”
The council approved of each council member having a ham as a Christmas bonus this year and that Fire Chief Gene Forehand recognize the senior citizens of Caryville with a fruit basket.
Supervisor of Caryville Flea Market Paron Beeco informed the Council that there were four months left until the next Flea Across Florida, that he’s charging people $5 extra for using heaters and that vendors were upset because people were using the flea market as a parking lot.
“We need a sign that informs them that there will be no parking on Friday and Saturday where they can block the view of the flea market,” said Chambers. “I’m proud to see that the flea market is growing steadily. I’m seeing new faces each time at the flea market.”
Beeco said they were still complaints about the Middlebrooks portable toilet.
“We had one man out in the middle of a field relieving himself but I’m sure he was a little in the spirits too,” said Beeco.
Council Member Millard French said that he was told that Middlebrooks was instructed not to pump the portable toilet but once a month.
“Tomorrow we’ll check out that porta potty together and see what is what,” said Chambers. “I’m saying when we get someone here to help the town you treat him with some respect and you’re going to flip over on someone over $10.”
The next scheduled meeting of the Caryville Town Council is set for 6 p.m. on Jan. 14.