Fw: [CAMP-L] Lora Busha Message of August 23, 2002
- Hi all,
This is part of a group of emails that is discussing another cemetery in GA. Also abandoned, but a developer is attempting to do his magic.
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 10:01 PM
Subject: Re: [CAMP-L] Lora Busha Message of August 23, 2002
The mayor of Jonesboro, did send me a letter after 8 months to say that
Spivey Village was not in the city limits, so more or less don't send me
anymore letters lady.
Wayne Patterson, Transportation Dept., Clayton County was sent by Crandall
Bray, Chairman Clayton County Board of Commissioners to my April 9, meeting
with Gamal Tawfik. Don Comer is the City Attorney Clayton County.
All professional Archaeological Consulting Firms that I have talked with have
said that this cemetery should, as an abandoned cemetery, should fall under
the protection of Ga. Law 39-72 Abandoned Cemeteries and Burial Grounds.
Under this law a developer is required to comply with certain rules and
regulations regarding the protection of a cemetery. Mr. Tawfik does not want
to do this and does not want to spend the money required to this, thus his
attorney' s letter to me in which he states his client does not own this
cemetery; so he does not have to comply with Ga. Law 39-72.
Mr. Wayne Patterson stated to me in our face to face meeting that this was a
private cemetery, therefore Mr. Tawfik does not have to compley with Ga. law
39-72. I find this odd as I did not know that Clayton County cleaned private
cemeteries at the Counties expense. but will not protection them as required
under Ga. Law??
Clearly the cemetery has been abandoned for years and is in deplorable shape.
Also unmarked graves may lay in the open part of the woodline that is the
back side of the cemetery, houses will be built in this area. Thus my efforts
to get Mr. Tawfik to comply with Ga. Law 39-72.
I have also talked with a professor at Ga. State Univ., the first thing he
said to me after I explained my story was to say Ga. has a law on the books
that protects cemeteries.
Clayton County has not intention of making Mr. Tawfik comply with this law,
so I must do what I can.
I had been looking for this cemetery for two years, and only found it in late
Sept. of last year, and thus started on this road to protection and stop any
further destruction of what is left of the cemetery.
Bottom line, from what I have learned to date, if I could afford a lawyer
this issue would be settled by a judge,
I will keep you informed,
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