Alva Cemetery Board is now legal


December 22, 2023

The Alva Cemetery Board once had only three appointed members. When board members realized that any two of them attending a social gathering or even having a conversation could be considered an open meeting violation, they asked the city council to increase their number to five. That increase occurred, but no one thought to update the city code.

When Stephen Ford was hired as the city business manager, he said he intended to familiarize himself with the city ordinances. In doing so, he discovered this and other mistakes. The current cemetery ordinance said the board would consist of three...

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