Local family concerned about condition of historic cemetery

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas family says enough is enough when it comes to the condition of a historic cemetery.

Cheryl Danner says it's hard to find the graves of relatives in the overgrown cemetery. (Photo by Alex Cano)

Hillcrest Cemetery in Temple has been the final resting place for hundreds of area residents for more than a 100 years.

Cheryl Danner has family members buried at Hillcrest and says finding their tombstones has been an issue.

“They are covered in weeds, stickers and this tall wispy grass,” Danner said.

Danner, along with other family members, has tried to get the issue resolved for three years.

“We have contacted everyone we can think off, from the mayor on down,” Danner said.

But the response from city and cemetery officials has been the same.

They say there is not enough money to make the improvements.

Temple City Manager Bryan Myers says the city has provided an operational grant to Hillcrest Cemetery for many years and $50,000 is included in the 2019 budget to continue that support.

Myers said they city recently met with representatives of the Hillcrest Cemetery board who have expressed concerns that the current level of funding, combined with their sources of revenue, may not be enough to sustain operations.

He says city staffers are evaluating options at this time and will be scheduling a work session with city council soon to discuss the issue.

Danner’s family has also reached out to state officials in search of a solution.

“It’s not just the veterans I care about everyone in here and if they can’t be the voice I will try my best to be their voice,” Danner said.