Steve Cox, on behalf of the Metamora Masonic Lodge, is requesting any member of the public who wants to be associated with the Metamora Cemetery (specifically the Duck Creek Road location) to attend a public meeting this Saturday, June 27, noon at the Metamora Masonic Lodge #156 at the corner of Canal and Main streets in Metamora.

There will be open discussion about the history, current status and future of the Metamora Cemetery Association and the cemetery.
Briefly, the Metamora Cemetery Association already legally owns the cemetery property, but there is no current association properly formed to manage and administer the cemetery’s operations under the laws of Indiana.

“The lodge does not own the cemetery itself, nor are the funds properly controlled by the lodge – or run in a way consistent with lodge regulations for handling funds,” said Cox, who explained that administration of the cemetery fell into the care of the lodge in the 1950s.

“Back then, people did what needed to be done in a community,” he added. “That’s not the law now. Perpetual care funds have to established, everything is more technical. The lodge is not the right organization to handle this.”

Cox added that the lodge will continue caretaking of the property and gravesites until such time when a responsible group can form as the MCA.

“We have to identify a group of people who understand this situation and want to move forward,” he said.

There are no hard deadlines in the process, but this will start the conversation. Another meeting will take place in late July to perhaps put a plan in place.