The Cemetery Committee was created by the City Council in 2021 with the responsibility of encouraging the restoration, preservation and safeguarding of Portsmouth’s historic cemeteries and their history for future generations.
The Cemetery Committee ordinance establishes that:
A. Membership and Term:
Membership and Term: The Cemetery Committee shall consist of not less than seven (7) or more than eleven (11) regular members. The members shall be appointed by the Mayor subject to the approval of the City Council. The first four (4) members appointed after adoption of this ordinance shall be appointed to terms of three (3) years commencing as of the date of completed appointment. Thereafter, all appointments shall be for terms of two (2) years. All appointments to fill vacancies shall serve the remainder of the vacant term. A quorum shall be a majority of the existing appointed members at any given time. (Amended 05/01/2023)
B. Powers and Duties:
The Committee shall provide advice and recommendations to the City Manager and the City Council with respect to all issues affecting municipal cemeteries, including the solicitation and acceptance of grants; the expenditure of any funds for specific improvements; and any expenditures from the Cemetery Trust Fund. Nothing herein shall limit the power of the City Council or City Manager to take immediate action in the event of exigent circumstances.
C. It shall be the responsibility of the Cemetery Committee to encourage the restoration, preservation, and safeguarding of Portsmouth’s historic cemeteries and their history for future generations.
Presentation to City Council (April 18, 2022)
For more information about Portsmouth's Historic Cemeteries and the African Burying Ground Memorial, click here.
Deirdre Forte, Co-Chair
Susan Sterry, Co-Chair
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