Paul Hackett, Van Buren Township Trustee, is hoping to be in the remodeling process of Girton Cemetery, located off Knightsville Road.
Hackett said there are two primary problems with the cemetery.
The first problem he said was the difficulty one faces when trying to locate the cemetery from the road. Hackett said he was first alerted of the problems with the grounds by Trustee Board member Joe Mogan, and when he first went out to evaluate the level of desecration, he wasn't able to find it.
Hackett said there is no road leading into the cemetery, and patrons have to get there by walking up a hill.
"If you don't know where (the cemetery) is already, you are going to have a tough time finding it," Hackett said.
He added the lack of visibility is greatly aided by the second, and larger problem, which is the porous conditions of the cemetery itself.
To combat this, Hackett is trying to start a clean-up project with various local citizens.
His first goal, he said, will be to try and get in touch with area scout troops hoping they would be available to assist him. If that doesn't pan out, Hackett said he would try to seek the aid of the historical society, saying he believed they would be interested in preserving the grounds.
Current plans have yet to take shape. Hackett says he is still trying to gather information about how such a project is to be set into motion, and that things are currently "in limbo."
Though there is a degree of uncertainty with the project at the current time, Hackett said he was very hopeful things would get going. He said it was a crucial project as being buried in such shabby conditions wasn't a respectful sendoff to all the people who have passed on.
"There are veterans (in the cemetery) that deserve our respect," Hackett said. "But most of all, it's respect for those who've gone before us."
Hackett hopes to get the project underway before the start of the cold weather season, but said he would be flexible to the schedules of any organization that was willing to help him.
He said the best way for anyone interested in lending a hand to get in touch with him was via e-mail at email@example.com.
He asked anyone who e-mails him to leave proper contact information.