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Contributed photoMembers of Coplay Cemetery Association gather for a group photo with Eagle Scout candidate Ed Miller during the association’s reorganization meeting in January. Contributed photoMembers of Coplay Cemetery Association gather for a group photo with Eagle Scout candidate Ed Miller during the association’s reorganization meeting in January.

Group discusses Scout project

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Karl D. Korsak III, Coplay Cemetery caretaker, started the January reorganization meeting of Coplay Cemetery Association by introducing Eagle Scout candidate Ed Miller.

Miller completed a beautification project around the columbarium installed at the cemetery during 2019. It was his Eagle Scout project.

The area around the columbarium was excavated so pavers could be placed to create a walk area that enhances the beauty and use of the location. Bushes were also planted. Grass and flowers are planned for this spring. Miller and his team worked for several months developing the Eagle Scout project.

At the reorganization meeting, President Sandra Tapler requested nominations. Being no contested office elections, Secretary Gail Yudt placed a vote via acclamation to reinstall all the 2019 officers to serve in 2020.

The executive board slate for 2020 is Tapler as president, Bill Leiner Jr. as vice president, Yudt as secretary and Nadine Shull as treasurer. The CCA has 13 board members.

Roland Yudt, CCA manager, requested the board consider several options for relocating excess dirt from burials. Currently, excess dirt can accumulate, causing storage issues. The board considered options and will decide which option is best at its next meeting, which is planned for April.

CCA goals for 2020 include to re-examine its costs to be as cost efficient as possible, market the columbarium and open plots, increase outreach to more funeral directors and develop a website to communicate CCA services.

The audit committee completed its review of CCA finances, noting “income and expenditures were accurate and in agreement with the invoices and bank statements.”

To close the meeting, Leiner thanked Korsak for his effort of keeping the cemetery in attractive condition.

“I thank all for what they did during 2019,” Leiner said. “Our work is beyond simply burials. Through our Eagle Scout project, we touched a young man and his family, allowing him the chance to complete something meaningful that will assist him throughout his life. It’s important.”