Springdale volunteers will no longer be doing any care and maintenance related to the Savanna. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports that’s the Springdale Authority’s answer to mowing part of the land about three weeks ago.
The land that was mowed is technically not part of the new boundaries put in place last fall for the six acres of native grasses. The two volunteers who mowed the area were following what they believed to be the direction set for them by the previous cemetery manager.
The Springdale Authority met for the first yesterday time since the mowing incident. Chairman Bob Manning says it was all a big misunderstanding.
“Today we took that as an opportunity to try to put everything back in place. We stated the facts. We accepted apologies. We provided an apology for the damage that was done. But we’ll move forward from this. It was an innocent mistake and it’s not going to happen again,” Manning says.
He says the new boundaries were set on an 8-1 vote but they did not prescribe maintenance for the area that was mowed by the volunteers, that’s the part between the road and the new Savanna boundary. Regardless, paid staff is now responsible the Savanna, working under the direction of a cemetery foreman.