As a native and lifelong resident of Danville, I write about cemeteries and sidewalks.
The City Commission meets behind closed doors to consider selling the land donated to Danville by citizens of Duncan Hill to expand Hilldale Cemetery. Without question, public trust was reposed in the city to keep and maintain this land for the cemetery.
The cemetery itself gets even less public care than highway strips, and this land gets none. The breach of trust by Flip-Flop and crew to deal off this donated and dedicated land on the sly is shameful and displays contempt for Danville's history and disdain of its future.
At the same time, the commission makes no effort to provide for the future of Bellevue Cemetery. Four generations of my family and many of Danville's own are interred in that cemetery. Acreage next to it that was the subject of development plans several years ago (thus now likely obtainable from the same owner) is essential if Bellevue is to be expanded. Danville is already in the cemetery business; that acreage should be pursued now, even if the property is not on a downtown corner or the bypass.