Bruce Burns, State Senator from District 21, but acting as a resident of the area, approached the Johnson County Commissioners at their last meeting, seeking funds to help purchase lands for a historic cemetery in northern Johnson County.
Burns explains more about his request concerning the Quiet Rest Cemetery.
The cemetery is located solely in Johnson County, but Sheridan County's interest in it is they have many residents buried there, he said. The cemetery serves residents from Kearny, Story, Banner and the surrounding area.
The land surrounding the cemetery has changed hands numerous times over the years, but the state stepped up a few years ago and purchased lands adjacent to the cemetery through a State Parks program, so the state owns lands on two sides of the cemetery.
An appraisal of the land has been done and came back at $28,000 according to Burns.
Commissioner Jim Hicks suggested Burns contact the Johnson County Cemetery District, who he thought would be the entity to approach in the matter and suggested Burns tell them the commissioners felt this was a legitimate use of their funding.
The group will approach the cemetery district.
The addition of the four acres of land would keep the cemetery open for another 150 years, it was estimated.