MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - For the last few weeks, controversy over the Madison Cemetery ordinance has been growing. Several months ago, Madison City Council voted to ban any grave ornaments that weren't attached directly to the tombstone. All of those items were put into a pile for families to collect. Since our story first aired, the city moved the pickup location to a secure site so that items wouldn't be stolen. The original ordinance set a deadline of April 5th for families to claim their cemetery ornaments before they were thrown away. After a recent city council meeting, Madison Public Works decided to get rid of that deadline. However, that didn't satisfy all of the group's concerns.
"Just meet us halfway." says Mary Lou Attkison Smith. "Let's sit down and talk about what we can and can't put there."
The Madison Cemetery Group is holding a meeting Tuesday night at Greenbrier's Barbecue, starting at 6 o'clock, to discuss what rules they would like to see changed. "And what we want to do is get the family’s take on what do they want to go to that committee meeting on the 29th,” says Vickie Morris, the group's leader.
Morris is inviting anyone, who has family interred at the Madison Cemetery or Madison Memorial Gardens, who wants to see the city meet them in the middle, over very sacred ground.
“You know, my grandchildren never knew these people, but they’re their legacy. And this is where they come to learn about their family history," says Smith.