I'm dealing with an issue right now of a private graveyard being overgrown, vandalized, and there are illegal activities like drug dealing and prostitution going on in it because of its secluded location. The site is filled with prominent black southern politicians and is on the National Register. The graveyard was left to a trust filled with older people who have done nothing about its upkeep. Now a group has started to make a big stink about it and numerous groups, including the historic preservation dept representing the city, have become involved.
With some money from the city and other grants and such, the cemetery is back on its feet again.
Here's the problem: How do we stop this graveyard from degrading right back to where we found it?
The city could push for dissolution of the current trust in favor of another, but that doesn't guarantee anything. The city could push for the donation of the site from the trust to be looked after in perpetuity, but the city doesn't want any financial responsibility it doesn't have to take. I would argue that the city may spend less money with constant upkeep rather than doing major work every five or ten years.
What do you think? Have you ever had any problems with older private or public cemeteries? What city dept. should be responsible for it?