2023 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hackworth
Pocahontas Cemetery Water and Erosion Mitigation: Phase I

Item 386 #21s

Item 386 #21s

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Natural and Historic Resources
Department of Historic Resources FY2023 $0 FY2024 $141,000 GF

Page 473, line 22, strike "$13,347,048" and insert "$13,488,048".

Page 477, after line 23, insert:

"HH. Out of the amounts in this item, $141,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to the County of Tazewell to support restoration of the Pocahontas Cemetery."


(This amendment provides $141,000 GF in FY 2024 for the first phase of restorations to the Pocahontas Cemetery in Tazewell County. Phase I includes water and erosion mitigation, clearing away dead trees, pruning existing trees and overgrowth. Phase 2 involves dividing the cemetery into sections and accessing boundary lines based on historical data and current GPR technology, and addressing unstable gravestones. Phase 3 involves strengthening the retaining wall and the installation of new walkways and entrances. The Pocahontas Cemetery was created after the 1884 explosion in the Pocahontas East Mine that claimed the lives of at least 14 miners and became the first cemetery in the Town of Pocahontas. Later interments, often grouped by ethnic and religious heritage, reflect the rich diversity of the Pocahontas community. Some gravestones bear inscriptions in Hungarian, Italian, and Russian, while others display the symbols of the Russian Orthodox faith. The broad array of European-inspired funerary art at the Pocahontas Cemetery is one of the best in the state.)