VILLAGE OF SPRINGPORT – CEMETERY REGULATIONS

(FOR FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND MONUMENT COMPANIES)

 

  1. All interments shall be in grave liners, cement or steel vaults, except for cremations.
  2. The cemetery sexton or his/her assistants shall be in attendance and have charge of all interments.
  3. Graves will be opened for burial purposes at the request of the lot owner or funeral director representing the owner, but no interment will be made without the burial transit permit as required by law and all burial procedures shall be followed.
  4. Twenty-four (24) hour notice must be given to prepare for burial. All graves will be opened by employees of the Village. Charges will include opening and closing of the grave and sodding and seeding where perpetual care is provided.
  5. The interment of more than one body in a grave is strictly prohibited, except in the case of a parent and infant, two (2) children buried at the same time, or a body and a cremation above it. In the case of cremations on a regular, lot, a total of two interments shall be allowed on the same gravesite.
  6. Where arrangements for indigent burials are made through an authorized welfare agency, the sexton shall select a suitable lot, which will be recorded as free ground after burial. No markers or monuments may be erected on indigent lots until full remuneration has been made for a regular lot, with the exception of the marker provided by the Village.
  7. The sexton and the Village shall not be held responsible for errors in the location of graves or lots arising from improper instructions of lot owners. Orders from funeral directors shall be construed as orders from owners.
  8. Village DPW will open the grave and fill out the appropriate areas of the Burial Procedures and Interment Form. Cremations must be accompanied by the cremation certificate for presentation to the Clerk.
  9. No interment shall be made without a signed order accompanied by the interment.
  10. Internments are to be scheduled during weekday work hours only.
  11. The sexton or assistant shall be in attendance and have charge of all removals.

 

Foundations

 

  1. All foundations set will require a purchased permit acquired from the Sexton and payment of the site location fee is to be made prior to installation.
  2. The Sexton must approve the size, type and location of any foundation so requested.
  3. The proper size of foundations for stone work will be three (3) inches above ground level, two (2) inches wider on all horizontal dimensions and a minimum of eighteen (18) inches deep. All foundations in flush sections of the Cemetery shall be placed with the top flush with the ground.
  4. The foundation installer will also be financially responsible for any damage to turf, landscape features, markers, monuments, or any other cemetery feature.
  5. All foundations shall be installed to Cemetery requirements, the Village may, when it is determined necessary due to improper installation or poor materials, remove a foundation detracting from the overall condition of the marker.
  6. In all burial areas in which wheelbarrows or trucks are used, precautions must be taken to protect the sod. This shall be done by laying planks or sheets of plywood that any and all vehicles shall drive upon.
  7. Upon completion of any work done at the lot, the contractor shall restore the lot and surroundings to its original condition, at their cost, as determined by the Sexton.

 

Markers and Monuments

 

  1. The cemetery sexton reserves the right to prohibit the erection of any type of marker or headstone not purchased from a monument company that may be considered faulty, either in material, design, workmanship, location or for any other justifiable reason.
  2. Monument and marker material shall be made of durable granite, marble, bronze, or other material approved in advance by the Village. Monument retailers and independent stone setters must set all memorials in conformity with Cemetery requirements and in accordance with trade standards of proper methods of handling and setting with non-staining material. Monuments must be placed at the head of the grave when at all possible.
  3. The Village assumes no responsibility for assuring that ordered markers and monuments are proper for the area in which they are to be placed and for name placement location.
  4. Markers and monuments installed on any plot after January 1, 2014 shall not be smaller than ten (10) inches x eight (8) inches in base size and shall not exceed forty (40) inches in length and eighteen (18) inches in width for a single burial space and eighty (80) inches in length and eighteen (18) inches in width for a double burial space. The height shall not exceed 36” which includes the base, above the ground. Taller monuments may be considered upon written request to, and upon approval, from the Sexton, Village Clerk and Village Manager.  If the grave is within a flush section, i.e. cremation section, the maximum marker site allowed is twelve (12) inches by twenty-four (24) inches and must be flush with the surface.
  5. No marker or headstone, with the exception of the Village temporary marker, shall be placed on any lot not fully paid for, or against which any fees remain unpaid.
  6. In all burial areas in which wheelbarrows or trucks are used, precautions must be taken to protect the sod. This shall be done by laying planks or sheets of plywood that any and all vehicles shall drive upon.
  7. Upon completion of any work done at the lot, the contractor shall restore the lot and surroundings to its original condition, at their cost, as determined by the Sexton.