Court of Appeals hears Jordan crematory debate 23 Feb 12

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has the job of settling the crematory debate in Jordan, and the issue may come down to a battle over words.

On Wednesday, the Jordan Community Action Group and attorneys for the city of Jordan argued over the legality of Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home’s conditional-use permit for a crematory.

Last year, a Scott County District Court ruling rendered the funeral home’s CUP null and void, but the city appealed the decision. Wednesday’s hearing was heard by a three-judge panel at the Minnesota Judicial Center in St. Paul.

A League of Minnesota Cities attorney defended the CUP, saying a funeral home and crematory can be one in the same. An attorney for JCAG disagrees, claiming that state law treats funeral homes and crematories differently.