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Access granted at Long Co. cemetery
Commission OKs phase 2 of Briar Crest
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The Long County Commission recently resolved an issue concerning public access to a family cemetery.

The problem first was brought up at last month’s meeting when Long County resident Leland Beecher went before the commission and complained that an easement to his family’s Middleton Cemetery had been blocked. According to Beecher, he and his family had been taking care of the small cemetery and they want to put a fence around it.

“Rayonier has been allowing us to access it down Bob Town Road for years. Now Legacy Wildlife Services and a hunting club is leasing it, and it’s been locked up where we can’t go in it,” Beecher said.

He pled his case to the commission and was told by Chairman Bobby Walker that all cemeteries in the county must be publicly accessible.

Last week, Walker said he contacted the owners of the property about the issue and was told that the gate to the cemetery would be moved to create access to the grave sites.

Commissioners also approved the final draft of a proposed wrecker service ordinance, but not before making one last change. The proposed draft required that wrecker company owners and all tow-truck operators undergo criminal background checks before a company could be approved to respond to calls for the county. After a brief discussion, however, commissioners amended the ordinance, which now requires only the owner of the company to undergo a background check.

In other business, commissioners:

• Approved phase two of Briar Crest subdivision. The 27-lot subdivision is off Palmer Road.

• Approved $5,000 to go to the Long County Health Department for drug prevention and education. The funds will be taken out of the Drug Abuse Treatment Education Fund program.

• Appointed Shana Skipper to a four-year term on the Long County Recreation Board. Skipper will replace Melita Milton.

• Appointed Walker to represent the county on the Middle Coastal Unified Development Authority Board.

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