RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION TO PROTECT, PRESERVE AND IDENTIFY, FAMILY CEMETERIES,
 GRAVEYARDS, AND BURIAL SITES, IN FAUQUIER COUNTY

WHEREAS, the Southern Fauquier Historical Society, Inc. (hereafter referred to as the Society) has brought to the attention of the Board of Supervisors a concern over the disregard for family cemeteries and burial sites in Fauquier County; and

WHEREAS, the Society has by presentation and documentation proven that many of our cemeteries and burial sites are not being respected by owners or developers under the excuse of proper notification, lack of information and clear identification by the County records; and

WHEREAS, until 2003, it was the policy of the County Tax Office and GIS division to accept documentation from citizens relating to the existence of family cemeteries and immediately providing them with a pin number and inclusion on the tax maps in their approximate location; and

WHEREAS, the Society as part of their Cemetery identification project found that this policy is no longer observed and the information provided the County on the cemeteries is not being recorded on the tax maps for clear identification; and

WHEREAS, these family cemeteries of significant importance to the heritage, and history of Fauquier County being the sanctified and hollowed resting place of our notable leaders, judges, sheriffs, veterans and their families dating back to and before the Revolutionary war; and

WHEREAS, it is apparent that clear identification of their existence is necessary to protect these sites and allow future residences immediate knowledge of the cemetery prior to acquisition and intent to develop or build home sites; now, therefore, be it

            RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 10th  day of May, 2007, That the Board of Supervisors of Fauquier County respect the efforts of its citizens and encourages the protection, preservation and identification, of family cemeteries, graveyards, and burial sites, in Fauquier county that our ancestors may be honored and remembered; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Board instruct staff to immediately initiate and reinstate the policy within the Commissioner of Revenues’ office and the Department of GIS that any pictorial, deed, will or other documentation presented to these departments by any citizen having knowledge and ability to identify a cemetery, graveyard or other burial site within Fauquier County, assign a pin number to that cemetery and place it on the Tax maps within 30 days of receipt of such information; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That when placed on the tax maps that the heirs or historical Surnames are used to identify the potential heirs/ancestors of said cemetery as owners.

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