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From: John Wm Sloniker <>
Subject: Re: Snohomish City can build on Cemetery
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 06:57:03 -0800 (PST)
On Wed, 28 Oct 1998, Norma Lewis wrote:
> Very nice package idea, John, but first we have to find somebody who
> cares. I read about Woodland Park ages ago, it just doesn't help with
> Snohomish. I hope all of you will join me in supporting Andi McDonald's
> Washington State Cemetery Association web site which Andi plans to have
> up by November 1st, God willing!
> "Andrea D. MacDonald" <>
> If all cemeteries are listed somewhere, nobody can say they didn't know
> about them, nobody should be able to say they didn't know there were
> still graves there, nobody should be able to pour an asphalt parking lot
> over them and move an old house onto a cemetery. And, most certainly, all
> cemeteries should be properly deeded, restricted and cared for. Let's not
> allow another cemetery in this state to be abused as Snohomish has been.
Norma, unless someone can come up with an idea to challange/change that
judges decision, that's a done deal.
The only way around it that I can think of is a civil case. Sue the City
and others for their misuse and lack of care for the cemetery. For now, I
don't have enough info to guess how that might turn out. A title search is
the first thing needed to see who was involved and what the intent was at
the time the title was transfered. Some of the information probably would
also be in the old newspaper files.
At present, to know that all those areas are, or have been, used for a
cemetery is a help. However, another portion of the law allows for the
current owner to use the land as they choose. That is a key element of
the case. Unless some restrictions have been placed on the recorded deed
of title, the current owner can do as they wish with the land.
In the Snohomish City case, a letter writing campaign might help. Send a
few to the editors as well as some to the city council mentioning their
lack of care for the citizens, past and present. Ask how the living can
depend on those in charge in years to come.
Being up-to-date is one thing, but to change intended use is another.
# John Wm Sloniker <> Seattle, WA #
# (206) 789-6663 7323 - 19th Ave NW 98117-5612 #
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