No peace returns to the discussion about a cemetery of rest in the urban area. The fact that interest in such an alternative form of burial has not come to a standstill was shown at a discussion to which the free voters of eber (E) had invited to the former school of reutersbrunn.
On 1. In august, a city council committee is formed to develop proposals for alternative forms of burial for the administration and the full council. At the end of the meeting, chairman thomas limpert referred to the recommendations of the municipal council and the district administration, which were against a cemetery of rest. "There are already so many other facilities as models, also in our county, and they have all been contractually agreed upon. Why should that not be possible here?", said limpert.
A spokeswoman for the citizens' initiative expressed her displeasure that no progress had been made since the collection of signatures two years ago, although there was a possible operator who would implement the project without cost and effort for the municipality. "Then we will go to baunach, if such a forest cemetery is created there", said the spokeswoman.
The continuing trend toward urn burials was also affirmed by SPD city councilor werner freibott. From meetings of the audit committee, he said there were 65 to 80 burials a year throughout the city, two-thirds of which were urn graves. Freibott, however, also mentioned the deficit in the funeral service, which should actually be calculated to cover costs. "We actually had to raise the fees by a few percentage points every year without long discussions", he said with regard to wage adjustments, but immediately added that no one in the city council is in favor of it. Freibott referred to his experience through many conversations, according to which in the villages there is no interest in a forest cemetery. In the city, freibott estimates the shares at "half and half".
Councilman philipp arnold corrected the impression that nothing had happened in the matter: "contrary to the administration's proposal, the process was not discarded with the majority decision in the city council in march, but kept running. But the idea can only be pursued if it is clear how it is to be financed."
Baron von rotenhan does not see any problems in this, as he had also explained at his own information event with a consulting lawyer. At that time his forest near fierst was still under discussion. Now he has committed himself to the forest on the high ground in front of kurzewind.
"In the meantime, the project takes up more of my time than my "rough events", said von rotenhan. "There is so much heart blood in it, because I am convinced of the idea that such a forest cemetery means a chance for the whole of ebern and would also arouse interest in larger neighboring towns."
Decision in principle necessary
For the new location he has in mind a parking lot to the left and right of the existing access road from the street to kurzewind. "Cars should not be allowed to drive too far into the forest." There will be no anonymous graves, a place of worship is part of the facility, which also takes into account the requirements of the clergy.
Thomas stegner, as moderator, stated – also graphically – that the first step in the responsible city council committee must be to make a basic decision. If the decision is in favor of a resting forest, it will have to be clarified in stage 2 whether the forest should be built under the direction of the city or by private initiative.
Freiherr von rotenhan assured the city that he would accommodate the city up to the point of registration in the land register.