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Ridgefield to hold town meeting on taking over Ridgebury Cemetery

September 28, 2017 GMT

RIDGEFIELD—A town meeting has been scheduled for Oct. 11 to vote on whether ownership of the historic Ridgebury Cemetery should be transferred to the town.

In a public hearing Wednesday on the decision, First Selectman Rudy Marconi explained that Robert Keeler Reynolds, the president of the association that owns the cemetery, has decided to step down and asked if the town would take over. The Reynolds family has been involved with managing the cemetery for three generations, Marconi said.

Should the town take ownership, it would be in control of the cemetery’s $300,000 endowment, which would be used to continue maintenence of the grounds. Marconi said the interest on the account covers the upkeep costs and the transfer would not cost the taxpayers anything.

The pre-Revolutionary War cemetery is home to 700 graves, including 52 veterans and many of the Keeler family, who were some of Ridgefield’s earliest settlers.