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Hillside Cemetery Development Plans On Hold

By Bob Conrad
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Pray tree at the Hillside Cemetery.

Prayer tree at the Hillside Cemetery.

Drew Lawton of Sierra Memorial Gardens issued today a press statement about the controversial restoration of the historic Hillside Cemetery.

The plans are suspended, he said. His statement:

In view of a few families’ unfavorable responses received during the notification phase of the restoration plan for the Hillside Cemetery, effective today the plan for the restoration has been suspended.”

There was no indication when the plans would be revisited or changed.

Family members of descendants, who have been actively protesting the plans, met today at the downtown Washoe County library to discuss the situation.

The city said it has no authority to do anything about Lawton’s plans. The county health district issued a permit to exhume the remains, which was originally scheduled to be on or around Sept. 30, 2016.

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