MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - After an hour and a half and many trips to the microphone, city councilmen and residents believe they made some progress.
"Once you get them started, they carry it through," says Montgomery resident K.T. Brown.
While it may be a slow go, the city's taking steps to make sure they don't overstep their boundaries at Lincoln Cemetery.
"There are some State of Alabama constitutional issues that limits the city's right to go on private property," says Montgomery Deputy Mayor, Jeff Downes.
Over the years, the city has invested more than $24,000 for occasional cleanups and efforts to keep the place safe.
And while the mystery of who owns the property is still unsolved, Downes says there are ways to clear that up, too.
"To seek the court's declaration of who is the rightful owner. Another means could be trying to take who we feel is the owner right now and pushing the envelope there."
Now, the city will decide whether to take that next step and go to court.
K.T. Brown's just happy it's on the table.
"I want to see the city, if necessary, to do maintenance. Do it."
Funeral homes are still prohibited from burying people in Lincoln Cemetery due to the city's cease and desist order.
The city council is expected to address lifting that order soon.
The committee will meet again in April. But for now, they'll research what other states are doing about neglected cemeteries.
© Copyright 2010 WSFA. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Deputies said after killing her two children and before taking her own life, 36-year-old Jessica Edens placed a final phone call to her estranged husband.More >>
The confessed killer's behavior angered the judge so much that he asked prosecutors to take the case to trial instead of accepting a plea deal.More >>
Surveillance video shows the 18-year-old pull into a parking spot, take the car seat out of the car and set it on the ground before driving away.More >>
A Hawaii mother who was forced to hold her 2-year-old son in her lap after United Airlines sold his seat to a standby passenger is now suing the airline.More >>
Birmingham police say three people died in a wreck Monday evening on Interstate 65 southbound that involved two 18-wheelers and another vehicle.More >>
The changing face of the Old Cloverdale Historic District continues to be a big talker in Montgomery. Two well-known restaurants are moving and that has many wondering what the future holds for the old location.More >>
Alabama state Superintendent Michael Sentance was put under the microscope Tuesday as evaluations conducted by the state school board were presented.More >>
At least a dozen GOP senators have openly said they oppose or criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's legislation, which he's revised as he's hunted Republican support.More >>