Gravestone Controversy in Perry

February 2, 2012 Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 2, 2012 Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM EDT

Perry (WKBW) The issue is over a historical gravestone, from the early 1800s, that is located behind the Perry Public Library. Following an issue with people installing unauthorized flagpoles and placing signs, the board of the library decided to take action. They drafted a proposal that would limit the public's access to the site.

"The board is simply performing the duties of a board, to oversee the property and make sure it is safe for everybody," Library Director Peggy Parker said.

But that did not sit well with many local residents, who say the site should be open to all to come pay their respects.

"These are veterans. They fought for our country. They should be able to have access," Mildred Mandeville of the group that is opposing the proposal said.

Library representatives acknowledged the negative response, including from many local veterans.

"We did not mean to offend anyone, but this is a sensitive issue," Parker said.

So the library redrafted their proposal, limiting the property after dark, but allowing night time visitors with permission.

The proposal will come up for a vote in March.