BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Drive into Pine Hill Cemetery and you have to wonder why there is a headstone sitting against a tree.
“Debris is everywhere. It’s never cut. It’s unsafe out here,” said Diane White, who has family buried at the cemetery.
She added that it’s gotten so bad, she now takes care of her mother’s grave herself.
“If we didn’t come out here on our own and keep mom’s (grave) up, we wouldn’t even know where she is,” said White.
It was almost two years ago WBRC told you about the formation of the Jefferson County Cemetery Board.
Among other things, it will regulate the cemeteries.
However, in those two years, the board has never met.
“I think it’s ridiculous. Especially because it’s such a need,” said State Representative Juandalynn Givan, who sponsored the bill to create the board.
She is upset as well, but mainly with her colleagues in the legislature.
A chairperson has to be appointed before the cemetery board can meet and that selection has to be done in a joint meeting between the Jefferson County House and Senate delegations. Givan says, no meeting has ever been held.
"We can get together to go have dinner. To have informative meetings with every organization around this state, and we can get a quorum for that, but we can’t get a quorum together for the Jefferson County Cemetery Authority board,” said Givan.
WBRC reached out to the house chairman of the Jefferson County delegation to get more information about when a meeting might be held to appoint a board chairman. Our calls were not returned.
As for the owner of the cemetery, tax records indicate it’s National Memorial Gardens Inc. We have also been unable to contact them.