Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Romulus City Clerk explains cemetery


Romulus City Clerk Ellen Craig Bragg issued a statement last week regarding the early spring cleanup of the Romulus Memorial Cemetery.  Her statement, which was posted on social media and the city website, explained the situation which unfortunately resulted in the disposal of some mementos and items from some graves. 

At Craig-Bragg’s request, her letter to residents regarding the situation follows.

Last week, there was an unscheduled cleanup of wreaths and grave blankets in the Romulus Memorial Cemetery. In an attempt to take advantage of the nice weather, a few members of the Cemetery Board of Trustees cleaned the cemetery in preparation for the Spring 

season. Though their intentions were good-natured, they did not comply with the posted cemetery cleanup deadline of March 15. 

Unfortunately, the City Administration was unaware of the cleanup until after it was finished.

It is entirely understandable why many residents are concerned and upset. The City has forwarded those concerns to the Cemetery Board of Trustees Chairperson, who has expressed sincere remorse and takes full responsibility for any dismay they may have inadvertently caused.

On behalf of the Cemetery Board of Trustees, the City would like to apologize to the residents and families impacted by the cleanup. Please rest assured that this matter has not been taken lightly, and steps have been implemented to ensure this does not happen again.

It is important to note that the Cemetery Board of Trustees is a board comprised of residents who volunteer their time to attend to and beautify the cemetery in respect of the many loved ones buried therein. The City appreciates the board’s many years of hard work and attentiveness in maintaining the Romulus Memorial Cemetery.

The Cemetery Board of Trustees meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 4:30 pm in the Romulus City Hall Council Chambers. Due to the election on February 27, the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28.

If there are any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the City Clerk’s Office at (734) 942.7540.

 Ellen L. Craig-Bragg, City Clerk

Romulus Cemetery Sexton