London Cemetery
A look at London Cemetery in Jackson Township as shown earlier this year. Jackson Township is looking toward making the current driveway an asphalt surface. London Cemetery is at Plymouth-Springmill Road and Smiley Avenue.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP — Building on the success of improvements at London Cemetery last summer, Jackson Township trustees are eying further upgrades.

A proposal was outlined during Jackson Township Trustees’ Annual Cemetery Board meeting on April 20 in the township building.

In remarks at the meeting, Trustee Mark Eshelman got the process going by suggesting improvements to the existing driveway at London Cemetery, which is at Plymouth-Springmill Road and Smiley Avenue.

“What would cost to asphalt the entire driveway?” he asked.

“It would make it look pretty,” Eshelman said, adding that he would like to what the price would be.

“It would make it look sharper,” he added.

The township plans to get three price quotes. A ballpark price of approximately $10,000 to $12,000 was mentioned, pending the official price quotes.

Trustees’ Chairman Greg Vogt asked whether the proposed asphalt work could be paid for out of Jackson Township's cemetery fund, which is for maintenance of its cemeteries.

Township Fiscal Officer Marty Penwell said it would depend on the amount, but after hearing the ballpark price, she added: “The cemetery (fund) can handle that.”

Officials liked the idea of an asphalt driveway. “That would be nice,” Penwell said. Township Road Superintendent Kurt Stumbo added his support, as well. Chairman Vogt also said it could help with dust issues, as well. 
The cemetery's current driveway is stone/gravel.

Also at the meeting, Trustee Eshelman asked about other London Cemetery work. 
“How is our fence? Do we need any (fence post) caps?” Eshelman asked. He stated that if caps are missing, that should be addressed. “Fix it up, make it look nice,” Eshelman said.

Jackson Township government has won praise for the care of its cemeteries.

Last summer,  the township agreed to spend up to $2,000 to shore up the foundations involving 20 headstones at the London Cemetery. On March 16 of this year, Jackson Township trustees voted 3-0 to spend $500 to repair 13 gravestones that were knocked off their foundations in a criminal act at London Cemetery. That work was completed in early April.  

Separately in 2020, Jackson Township had identified 58 foundations that needed repairing in Mount Bethel Cemetery off of Myers Road. That work was completed this past March.

At the cemetery meeting, Stumbo said the work at Mount Bethel Cemetery looks good. “I got them talked into giving us a 20-year warranty in writing,” Stumbo told trustees.

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