Vandalism at Gaston County cemetery causes city leaders to reconsider committee
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BESSEMER CITY, N.C.--Bessemer City leaders said they used to have a cemetery committee, but the group stopped meeting several years ago.
Vandalism at a Gaston County cemetery caused city leaders to consider safety and security improvements.
Gaston County Police said the Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery was vandalized twice in the summer of 2012.
Dozens of tombstones were knocked over and destroyed.
Bessemer city leaders are planning to form a cemetery committee to address beautification, safety and security problems.
“The markers and things were reset in a couple of weeks and it raised some other issues with beautifications and lots overgrown and things like that. We came out here and had a couple of works days where all the city employees came out here and cleaned and grass cut and did a general clean up,” said Director of Public Works Jamie Ramsey.
Some city leaders said they want to install additional lighting and surveillance on the property.
They said the new committee will be appointed at November's city council meeting.