The Grantville City Council will appoint five new trustees for the cemetery trust fund at its Monday, Nov. 19 meeting.
The called meeting will replace the council’s regular Nov. 26 meeting because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The appointments will be made on the advice of the city’s attorney.
“City Attorney Mark Mitchell advised the council that the surviving trustee, Donald Olmstead, should have requested the council to appoint individuals to fill the five vacancies,” City Manager Al Grieshaber said.
Grieshaber said since the positions were vacant for more than three months, trustee Donald Olmstead did not have the authority to appoint trustees, rather than having the council fill the vacancies.
Mitchell made the discovery after reviewing the trust’s meeting minutes from December 2017.
Listed as current trustees are Mayor Doug Jewell, city council member Ruby Hines, Donald Olmstead, Marion Cieslik and Ann Tucker.
Earlier this year, Olmstead – the only living survivor for the trust – turned over $80,000 to the city for the trust.
An investigation is in progress after the bulk of those funds were used to to repair the cemetery wall, which cost more than $70,000 to build, and then collapsed in September.