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Tucker Cemetery Access Searcy County Arkansas

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For years, the Tucker Cemetery located in Searcy County, Township 15-N Range 17-W section 15; has been off-limits to family members due to the lack of access to the cemetery by landowners. The access is blocked by locked gates and the inability to access via car. If a gate happens to be unlocked, it requires the individual to use a ladder to climb the fence to access the cemetery. This leaves many individuals that will never be able to access in the current situation due to age or disability. This is a dishonor to those buried, their memory and their legacy. Failure to have consistent access has resulted in the cemetery falling into disrepair and overgrown with vegetation. A group of family members have been working to restore the cemetery, but failure to have appropriate access has made the job immensely more difficult.

The family members of individuals buried in Tucker Cemetery are seeking permanent access without having to go through locked gates and No Trespassing signs. We are asking that the access to Tucker Cemetery be permanently granted in accordance to Arkansas Cemetery Access Laws 2017; 5-39-212; Arkansas Code 2010; 14-14-812 and Act 1286 of 1997 Senate Bill 482. Cemeteries—access: (a) (1) It is unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association to construct any fence on any property in such a manner as to enclose any cemetery, graveyard, or burying place unless reasonable access by automobile to the cemetery is provided by gate or otherwise. The continued denial of access to (Tucker Cemetery, located in Searcy County) has prohibited family members from access to the burial sites of their family members; and has prevented regular maintenance of the cemetery.

The under signed United States citizens acknowledge we have family member(s) buried within Tucker Cemetery, located in Searcy County. The under signed citizens are asking that permanent access be established to the Tucker Cemetery, located in Searcy County. Access must be in accordance with Arkansas Cemetery Access Laws 2017; 5-39-212; 14-14-812 and Senate Bill 482. Which states; (Access to a cemetery must be accessible by automobile).

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