~Submitted by Karyn Girouard
(Editor’s note: The writer is commenting on an article in The Bedford Citizen https://thebedfordcitizen.org/2022/09/director-explains-policies-that-preserve-cemetery-character/)
While I appreciate the Town’s attention to the issues within Shawsheen Cemetery, it is unduly cruel and harsh to focus on the cemetery rules that apply only to plot owners and mourners, such as the half dozen etched monuments that cause “character issues”, without the same focus on all cemetery rules that apply to the public and their use of the cemetery.
What approach will the town take to enforce these rules, for example:
- “Loud or boisterous talking.”
- “Playing, loitering or walking of dogs or other animals into the cemetery.”
- “Operating recreation vehicles, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, skateboards, scooters, and bicycles”
- “Driving off any paved roadway surface is strictly prohibited.”
As a plot owner and a mourner, it is incredibly discouraging to learn from the article that we are the focus of the Town’s attempt to preserve the historic nature of Shawsheen Cemetery, while the numerous cars that travel in and out of the cemetery each day all year long to solely access the nearby trail, for example, are not given the same attention and priority.