The cemetery had been active until about 25 years ago, he said.
Before July, Fulton County had been responsible for its maintenance since at least 1998, according to a letter sent from the county to Johns Creek. With the recent city council vote, the Public Works Department in Johns Creek now has unlimited access to the grave-site.
“With the city maintaining it, we can at least ensure that it doesn’t get worse,” said Mike Bodker, Johns Creek’s mayor, told the news station. “And we’re going to put a plan together on how we can work with other outside organizations to hopefully make it better.”
Bodker added that he will seek funding to improve this historic cemetery, but he doesn’t want Johns Creek to get into the “cemetery maintenance business.”
In the future, Johns Creek leaders say they hope to work with outside organizations that are better positioned to unveil a more accurate history about the cemetery and who is buried there.
The city added that it is still unclear as to who last owned the property, but the city will provide routine ground maintenance to help improve the condition of the cemetery.
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Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker says the city plans to work with historical groups to seek funding and make improvements.