On or about November 15, 2018, someone appeared to be traveling north on the Lerna Road near the Coles-Cumberland County line. The vehicle exited the highway and went into Janesville Cemetery striking a maple tree that had been planted along the right-of-way. The tree was broken off and ruts were left in the Cemetery. No one has contacted anyone at the Cemetery to advise of that they struck the tree or to make any sort of reparation. We have asked for information from the Coles County Sheriff and 911 personnel, but have not received anything to date.
The tree in the question was planted at the Cemetery with a donation made to the Cemetery. Janesville Cemetery will need to replace that tree. The anticipated cost of replacing that tree would be around $200.00. While the Cemetery has insurance coverage, this is less than the deductible. Accordingly, the funds will have to come from the Cemetery to pay for the tree.
Janesville Cemetery receives absolutely no tax dollars. The cost of maintaining this Cemetery is substantial. The cost of maintenance annually exceeds the investment income of the Cemetery. Requiring the Cemetery to incur these additional expenses creates a hardship on the Cemetery.
Those person or persons that struck the tree and broke it off are encouraged to reimburse the Cemetery for the expense of replacing the tree. No questions will be asked. A check or other payments may be sent to the Treasurer of the Cemetery, Paul Daily whose contact information is as follows:
Paul Daily, Treasurer
4069 Etna Road
Mattoon, IL 61938
Any persons interested in making a donation to the Cemetery are encouraged to do so. The Cemetery is a tax exempt entity under 501 (c) (13) of the Internal Revenue Code.
John L. Barger, President, Janesville Cemetery