MADISON — Madison Heights Church received approval Tuesday night from the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to build a cemetery located behind the church off Bozeman Road.

Ken Primos represented the church and said they chose that location because of the natural tree buffer along Bozeman Road. He said there was also plenty of room for the future expansion of Bozeman Road.

The church was seeking a special exception, which was recommended for approval by the Planning and Zoning Board.

“It’s going to be a perpetual care cemetery,” Primos said. “We’re going to lease — not going to sell — the internment rights. It’s just for the church and maybe some PCA (Presbyterian Church In America) Presbyterian ministers.”

Primos said right now they are looking at 1,100 grave sites, but there is room for future expansion if that was ever needed.

He said the cemetery would be set up as an LLC owned by the church with a trust.

Ward 6 Alderman Guy Bowering said it was a great plan to set it up with a trust and saw no problem with it being located in his ward.

Ward 5 Alderman Mike Hudgins posed several questions about the operation of the cemetery. Hudgins, who works at Natchez Trace Funeral Home, asked about everything from width of sites to who will be on call to handle funerals before offering to meet with Primos to discuss operations.

One question Hudgins asked referenced cremation and the rate in which that has increased in the state.

Primos said there will be a pavilion located at the cemetery where people can hold services. In that pavilion, he said there will be places for urns to be placed.