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Hearing on Muslim cemetery put off – for another month

A controversy over a proposed Muslim cemetery along Hanford Road has yet to be laid to rest as Burlington’s elected leaders have put off their consideration of this matter for the second time in as many months.

Burlington’s city council ultimately agreed to postpone a public hearing on the proposed burial ground, which had been slated to take place on Tuesday, on the advice of Burlington’s city attorney David Huffman, who relayed a request from the attorney representing those seeking the Muslim burial ground.

Huffman told the council that he had received a request for this delay from Lawson Brown, an attorney for the Burlington Masjid, which hopes to establish the cemetery on some 1.3 acres across from Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church.

The city attorney added that Brown requested that the hearing be carried over to April as he attempts to reach an accommodation with some neighboring residents who have hired their own lawyer to oppose the plans for the cemetery.

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The council had previously granted a similar delay at Brown’s urging when the Masjid’s proposal originally came up for a hearing in February.

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