City Rebuilds Tombstones after Vandalism

by Courtney Wheaton on April 10, 2014 at 6:46 am

Zanesville City workers banded together on Thursday to rebuild multiple broken tombstones after last weeks expansive cemetery vandalism.

Crews at Woodlawn Cemetery started the process of rebuilding headstones. Various departments worked together to make the necessary improvements to the cemetery.

"We had about 20 people from all the different divisions in the city. The street department, sewer department, water department, vehicle maintenance, parks and recreation and cemeteries divisions, " said Street Foreman, Chad Tysinger.

The city also received assistance from local headstone experts, Mudgett Monuments. The local business taught workers how to remount the stones properly.

" Well you got to get the stone up off the ground and gets some straps underneath it and hoist in the air and put it back on the foundation, get it leveled up," said Tysinger.

The total cost of the project is still unknown, but workers say between equipment rentals, manpower and materials it is estimated to cost approximately $4,000. The city is offering a $500 dollar reward for the arrest and conviction of the people involved in the vandalism at the cemetery. Anyone with information should call Zanesville Police.