Ceme­tery re­lo­ca­tion ap­pli­ca­tion with­drawn

The Covington News - - LOCAL - JACKIE GUTKNECHT jgutknecht@cov­news.com

Philip A. John­son, an at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing Guardian An­gel As­sisted Liv­ing and Mem­ory Care, LLC, with­drew the as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity’s ap­pli­ca­tion to re­lo­cate a ceme­tery within the City of Cov­ing­ton April 6.

This no­tice came three days af­ter the City Coun­cil de­nied the ap­pli­ca­tion dur­ing its reg­u­lar meet­ing April 3. Ac­cord­ing to City At­tor­ney Frank Turner, the city had 30 days to pro­vide a writ­ten rea­son for its de­nial, but since the ap­pli­ca­tion has been with­drawn, the city no longer has to is­sue the writ­ten rea­sons.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was ini­tially filed by Robert S. Webb on March 3. Webb, pres­i­dent and se­nior prin­ci­pal arche­ol­o­gist for R.S. Webb & As­so­ci­ates, be­lieves the ceme­tery con­tains slaves’ remains.

The city ap­proved its first ceme­tery re­lo­ca­tion in De­cem­ber of last year. The ap­proval was based on the as­sump­tion of about a dozen graves be­ing in the In­dus­trial Park Boule­vard location. How­ever, once the re­lo­ca­tion was ap­proved and started, a to­tal of 75 graves were found and there­fore re­lo­cated.

Webb, whose com­pany worked the first re­lo­ca­tion, said si­t­u­a­tions like that are ex­tremely rare. He es­ti­mates at least 14 graves in the cur­rent ceme­tery.

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