Rules and Regulations
All organizations and associations, being a collection of individuals, must be guided by a set of principles and regulations to insure their survival. These regulations express a collective sense of vision for the association, a vision generally set forth by a governing board of directors, guided with by-laws set forth by the founders of the organization. Most cemeteries fall into this organizational picture. Their principle responsibility lies in ensuring the financial stability of the association and seeing to it that the cemetery looks its best in order to attract future generations to bring their loved ones to rest in its grounds. A cemetery, without such goals and the regulations to insure this soon becomes a hodgepodge of individual expression or in other words a visual collection of everyone’s backyard. This quickly becomes for the most part attractive to no one and the cemetery begins to falter both visually and financially. It is for this reason that the following regulations have been put in place to insure the future. The following regulations have been put in place to to see to it that the cemetery not only survives but blossoms in its future. These regulations will not simply be in writing only but will be enforced. The future depends on it.
RULES FOR BURIAL SPACE OWNERS
1. MONUMENTS AND MARKERS
A. MATERIAL. All monuments, markers, and cornerstones shall beconstructed of granite or quartzite. Plaques attached to a monument or marker must be constructed of bronze.
B. PLACEMENT OF MONUMENTS. Monuments shall be placed at the head of a grave and mounted on a base and foundation as specified by the cemetery. The cemetery is responsible for the construction of the foundation.
C. PLACEMENT OF MARKERS. Flat, single or double markers shall be placed at the foot of the grave. So called slanting markers shall be classified as monuments and shall be placed at the head of a grave on a base. Slanting markers without a base are not permitted except in case of matching markers already in place on a lot. If a cremains burial is added to an existing burial, or with two cremains in one grave space, one monument and one marker or two markers will be permitted on a single grave space.
D. PLACEMENT OF CORNERSTONES. A cornerstone shall be flush with the ground.
E. MEMORIAL BENCHES. Granite memorial benches may be used if approved by the board of directors. Benches shall be set on a concrete foundation and placed on an owner’s unused grave space. If this space is later used for a burial, the bench must either be removed from the cemetery or with the consent of the board, placed on an unplatted area in the cemetery in which case it becomes the property of the cemetery.
2. PLANTS AND PLANTERS
The owner of a lot may plant perennial shrubs as approved by the board. Annuals shall be planted in concrete or granite planters. The number and placement of planters must be approved by the Sexton. All planters must be placed on a concrete stepping stone or foundation extension. Planters may be removed by the cemetery staff if not properly filled, painted, or are cracked, broken or generally neglected and determined to be unsightly. The board retains control of all trees, shrubs, plants and flowers and retains the right of removal if such become wilted, die or are unsightly. No member, owner or other individual may remove trees, shrubs, or wood without written consent of the board. Planters that are unplanted during the summer months may be removed and stored by the cemetery. All flower urns must be purchased from the cemetery.
A. ARTIFICIAL AND OTHER DECORATIONS. Artificial and other decorations must be in concrete or granite flower urns. Artificial flowers and all other decorations including wooden crosses, painted stones, statues and any other item placed on the ground will be removed and stored by the cemetery. Shephards hooks are not permitted.
Seasonal artificial flowers and wreaths will be allowed at graves ONLY during the following periods:
a. From October 15th through April 15th.
b. From one week prior to Memorial Day to one week after.
Artificial flowers and wreaths shall be removed at the expiration of time limils. If not, such decorations will be removed by the cemetery staff and held for 30 days. If not then reclaimed, the decorations will be discarded. In addition, the Association reserves the right to remove at any time, any artificial flowers or wreaths, which, in its opinion, become unsightly.
B. BABY SECTION. In addition to preceeding rules three other decorations are permitted e.g. stuffed toys, flags or similar items.