Neighborhood Group Fighting for Cemetery Fence

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A neighborhood association plans to go before the Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday night to push for a project that's more than a century old.

The Northeast Neighborhood Association has applied for a Community Development Block Grant for the second time and Tuesday night they're going to city council as a group to say why it's so important.

"Here we are 100 years later still standing in the same spot asking for the same enclosure," said Stan Maclin, a member of the association.

Maclin said since 1907, the community has wanted the Newtown Cemetery to have a fence, according to land deeds.

"And it's a historic landmark. There are prominent individuals that are in this cemetery," said Maclin.

City workers have already recommended which groups will receive funding this year and the fencing project was not ranked as high as other groups. Vice Mayor Charles Chenault said that groups that help end hunger and homelessness are priorities.

Earlier this year, the association put in a bid for $43,000.

"It would make me feel better with a fence because I know they're dead but to me it would be more a sacred place," said Doris Washington, who lives in the Northeast neighborhood and has a family member buried there.

She too hopes a fence will be installed, similar to ones around other Harrisonburg cemeteries. "They walk through it and everything and that's why we wanted a fence up to make it better," said Washington.

City council members said the area will receive funding for sidewalks and other projects in the neighborhood.

Projects being looked at for the block grants total more than $200,000. The city council will discuss grant plans on May 13 and will receive comments on the block grant until May 10. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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