TILTONSVILLE - Costs related to burial in three cemeteries under the care of the Warren Township trustees are going up because of increased labor and administration fees.
The trustees at a recent meeting approved a motion to increase the fees for opening and closing graves from $500 to $750. The cost for grave spaces is increasing from $200 to $300; the cost of an infant/child grave is going up from $125 to $225; and the cost for burying an urn is going from $100 to $200.
The township is responsible for Hopewell, Warrenton and Upland Heights cemeteries.
Also, the township must be paid by the funeral directors within 30 days, officials said.
In other matters, the trustees gave their support of the Christmas parade involving the Yorkville, Tiltonsville and Rayland communities.
The theme is "A YTR Community Parade - Christmas in the 'Villes."
The trustees heard about the parade from Dana Brown, a former Yorkville councilman, and Rayland Mayor Tammy Morelli. Rayland fire Chief Jim Doughty also is involved in planning the parade, which is to begin in Rayland and travel through Tiltonsville and Yorkville before ending at Warren Township Park.
In other business:
Trustee Frank Litva reported the contract for demolishing a burned house on Merkel Circle had been awarded, with the work to be done by Pusateri Excavating of East Liverpool at a cost of $14,000. The bids were obtained through the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission.
Litva and Trustee Carl Sgalla will attend the regional planning commission's next meeting.
Trustee Danny Meeker discussed a letter received from the Ohio Department of Transportation, noting ODOT is purchasing road salt from Cargill Deicing Technology. Warren Township is to receive 25 tons at $46.80 a ton. Meeker said the township has a large stockpile due to last year's mild winter.
Road Foreman Steve Kurucz reported all dirt roads in the township as well as the hill on Jug Run Road and part of Gerke Road hill had been graded. He added the township's backhoe had been taken to the Southeastern Equipment Co. in Brilliant for brake repairs and a possible oil leak.
The trustees' next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14.