Grant Fairview Cemetery Rules and Regulations (REVISED MARCH 2022)
GRANT FAIRVIEW CEMETERY RULES AND REGULATIONS
The founders of the Grant Fairview Cemetery, with a broad vision of the future City of Grant, wisely selected the present large Cemetery site and laid out upon its flat plains a plan for the future Cemetery so complete in every detail that it has scarcely been modified in the succeeding years.
Grant Fairview Cemetery is owned and operated by the City of Grant, Nebraska and is governed by the Grant Fairview Cemetery Board.
Grant Fairview Cemetery is regarded as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in this section of the state, and every lot owner should be interested in knowing that everything possible is being done to enhance its sacredness and beauty throughout the future years.
In order to accomplish this, it has been necessary to adopt certain rules and regulations governing the Grant Fairview Cemetery and to enforce them, since deviation from the rules would jeopardize the perpetuity and beauty of the Grant Fairview Cemetery. We trust that lot owners will appreciate the fact that these rules are adopted for their protection, and they will at all times cooperate with the City in their observance.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
For the mutual protection of every lot or space purchased these rules and regulations are hereby adopted as the rules and regulations of the Grant Fairview Cemetery, hereinafter may be referred to as (“Cemetery) and all property owners and visitors within the Cemetery, and all lots or spaces sold, shall be subject to said rules and regulations, and subject, further to such rules and regulations, amendments, or alterations as shall be adopted by the City of Grant from time to time; and the reference to these rules and regulations in the certificate of ownership of lots or spaces shall have the same force and effect as if set forth in full therein.
- BLOCK, LOT, AND SPACE DEFINED
“Block” shall refer to a general but specific area in the Cemetery. The Block is broken down into “Lots” that are generally in rows or sections which is accessed by a Cemetery Road. “Space” shall refer to the intended area within the Block and Section that is intended to be used or is used for burial of a deceased person or as a memorial for the deceased. A Block, Lot, or Space shall not be used for any other purpose than as a place of burial for the deceased or as a memorial for the deceased.
- MEMORIAL AND MONUMENT DEFINED
Memorial shall mean a monument, marker, headstone, tombstone, or crypt nameplate. Monument shall mean a tombstone or memorial of granite, or other approved stone, which shall extend above the surface of the ground, refer to Section IX, Subsection C, unless otherwise specified.
- CITY OF GRANT DEFINED
“City of Grant” or “City” shall refer to the governing body consisting of the Mayor and City Council and/or the City Superintendent. The authority granted in these rules and regulations may be delegated to the Cemetery groundskeeper or the Cemetery Board as the City sees fit.
- CEMETERY BOARD DEFINED
The “Cemetery Board” is a City appointed Board as defined in the City Code who advises the City on issues concerning the Cemetery. The City owns and manages the Cemetery pursuant to the City Code and Nebraska law.
- GENERAL SUPERVISION OF CEMETERY
The City owns, manages, and operates the Grant Fairview Cemetery. It has the final determination of all matters related to the Cemetery and reserves the right to refuse the use of any of the Cemetery facilities at any time to any person or persons whom the City may deem objectionable or against the best interests of the Cemetery and its intended use.
- SUPERVISOR IN CHARGE OF FUNERALS
All funerals at the Cemetery shall be under the control and charge of a person authorized by the City.
- CASKETS NOT TO BE DISTURBED
Once a casket containing a body is within the confides of the Cemetery, no funeral director, nor his embalmer, assistant, employee, or agent, shall be permitted to open the casket or touch the body without the written consent of the legal representatives of the deceased, or without a court order.
- STONE OR MARKER PLACEMENT VERIFICATION
Before any person or crew sets a stone, memorial, monument, or marker of their own making, the City must approve said stone, memorial, monument, or marker to verify the stone, memorial, monument, or marker and the placement of such meets the Cemetery rules, regulations, and requirements.
- INTERMENTS AND DISINTERMENT’S GENERALLY
- SUBJECT TO LAWS
Besides being subject to these rules and regulations all interments, disinterment’s, and removals are made subject to the orders and laws of the properly constituted authorities of the City, County, and State of Nebraska.
- TIME AND CHARGES
All interments, disinterment’s and removals must be made at the time and in the manner and upon such charges as fixed by the City of Grant. Charges for the Cemetery services must be paid at the time of issuance of order of interment or disinterment.
- CEMETERY CHARGES
All charges for opening and closing graves, sale of lots, and for maintenance and services at the Cemetery are set by resolution of the City and available at the City Office. Arrangements for payments should be made with the City Treasurer or City Superintendent during normal business hours.
No Interments, dis-interments, removals, or interment services are permitted on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Arbor Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after Christmas if Christmas falls on a Friday. In the rare event that an interment, dis-interment, removal, or interment service has to take place on a holiday it will be charged at different rate.
- AUTHORIZATION OF INTERNMENT BY IMMEDIATE FAMILY
The Interment may proceed for any member of the immediate family of a recorded space owner(s) upon their verbal authorization to either the City Clerk or Funeral Director. No other person may be interred without this approval.
- ORDERS GIVEN BY TELEPHONE
The City shall not be held responsible for any order given by telephone, or for any mistake occurring from the want of precise and proper instructions as to the particular Block, Lot, or space where interment is desired.
- ERRORS MAY BE CORRECTED
The City of Grant reserves, and shall have, the right to correct any errors that may be made by it either in making interments, or removals or in the description, transfer or conveyance and substituting and conveying in lieu thereof other interment property of equal value and similar location as far as possible, or as may be selected by the city, or in the sole discretion of the city, by refunding the amount of money paid on account of said purchase. In the event such error shall involve the interment of the remains of any person in such property the City reserves, and shall have, the right to remove and/or transfer such remains so interred to such other property of equal value and similar location as may be substituted and conveyed in lieu thereof.
- INTERMENT; NOTICE
The right is reserved by the City to insist upon at least twenty-four (24) hours’ notice prior to any interment. When the day of interment follows a Sunday, or any other legal holiday forty-eight (48) hours’ notice is needed prior to any such interment.
- APPLICATION FOR INTERMENTS
Applications for interment and the sale of lots must be made at the City of Grant Offices. Morticians are not permitted to sell Cemetery lots.
- LOCATION OF INTERMENTS
When instructions regarding the location of any interment space in a lot cannot be obtained or are indefinite, or when for any reason the interment space cannot be opened where specified, the City may in their discretion open it in such location in the lot as it deems best and proper, in order to prevent delay of the funeral; and the Cemetery shall not be liable in damages for any error so made. No full burials shall be permitted in the Cemetery except those enclosed in metal or concrete burial vaults, and the top of them must be at least two feet below the surface of the ground. Cremains do not require a vault however they must be buried in a supportable container which can withstand burial. Substitute boxes and vaults must have written permission of the City before use will be permitted. For infant burials only, vault and casket combination units may be permitted if approved by the City. In order to preserve the beauty and uniformity of the Cemetery, no grave shall be covered with anything other than dirt. No cement, stone, granite, marble, or artificial substance may be used for the covering of any grave.
- DELAYS IN INTERMENTS CAUSED BY PROTESTS
The Cemetery shall in no way be liable for any delay in the interment of a body where a protest to the interment had been made, or where the rules and regulations have not been complied. The City shall be under no duty to recognize any protest of interments unless they are in writing and filed at the Grant City Offices.
- NO INTERMENT PERMITTED UNLESS PROPERTY PAID FOR
No interment shall be permitted, or memorial placed in or on any property not fully paid for, and the purchaser of a lot shall not have any rights in or to such lot until the purchase money shall have been fully paid.
- INTERMENT OF MORE THAN ONE BODY
Only one interment shall be made in a single grave, except in the cases of mother and infant child, twin children or two children buried at the same time, cremated remains, or multiple burials of human embryonic remains (pre-fetus stage).
- INTERMENT OF PETS
No interment of pets shall be allowed in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.
- DISINTERMENT’S AND REMOVALS
- DISINTERMENT’S; NOTICE AND APPLICATION
The right is reserved by the City to insist upon at least one week's notice to the City prior to any disinterment or removal. Disinterment may be made only on written consent of the City and written consent of the owner, or owners of the Cemetery lot, and of the surviving wife or husband, children and parents of the deceased, duly authorized personal representatives, acting under court authority, may apply where the proceeding of owners and/or next of kin are nonexistent or unavailable. Any disinterment which is the subject of objection or disagreement among the surviving next of kin will be allowed only upon written court order. All applications for disinterment must be accompanied by the proper legal authorization including a Disinterment Permit issued by the Nebraska State Department of Health and notarized consent forms executed by the proceeding named parties and delivered to the City. All removals will be made under the supervision of a licensed embalmer or funeral director. When a disinterment is being made, no one shall be present except the mortician in charge, and the City, or its assigns, duly empowered officers of the law, or persons acting under authority of court orders. The City reserves the right to refuse to make or to receive disinterment’s between the 10th day of May and the 30th day of September of each year.
- REMOVAL FOR PROFIT PROHIBITED
Removal by the heirs of a body or cremated remains so that the lot or space may be sold for profit to themselves, or removal contrary to the expressed or implied wish of the original lot owner, is repugnant to the ordinary sense of decency and is absolutely forbidden.
- CARE IN REMOVAL
The Cemetery shall exercise due care in making a disinterment and removal but shall assume no liability for damage to any; body, casket, burial case, or urn in making the disinterment and removal.
- LOT INALIENABLE BY INTERMENT
- CONDITIONS WHEREBY LOT BECOMES INALIENABLE
A lot transferred by deed or certificate of ownership to an individual owner becomes inalienable and shall be held as a family lot of the owner when:
- An interment of the remains of a member or of a relative of a member of the family of the record owner, or the remains of the record owner is made, and
- The lot is not held in joint tenancy and the owner dies without making disposition of the lot either in his or her will, by specific devise, or by a written declaration filed and recorded with the City Clerk.
- JOINT TENANTS
- A conveyance to two or more persons as joint tenants gives each joint tenant a vested right of interment in the lot conveyed. On the death of a joint tenant, the title to the lot held in joint tenancy immediately vests in the survivor(s), subject to the vested right of interment of the remains of the deceased joint tenant.
- An affidavit by any knowledgeable person establishing the death of one joint tenant and the identity of the surviving joint tenants named in the deed to any lot, when filed with the City Clerk, is complete authorization to the City to permit the use of the unoccupied portion to the lot in accordance with the directions of the surviving joint tenants or their successors in interest therein.
- DESCENT OF LOT TO HEIRS
If no interment is made in an interment lot which has been transferred by deed or certificate of ownership to an individual owner, or if all remains previously interred are lawfully removed, on the death of owner, unless he or she has disposed of the lot either in his or her will by a specific devise, or by creating a joint tenancy, that has or shall be filed and recorded in the office of the City Clerk, the lot shall descend to the heirs at law of the owner according to the law of in testate succession, subject to the rights on interment of the decedent and his or her surviving spouse, if any. Any surviving husband or wife, and any parent, child, or heirs of such deceased owner, may waive his or her right to interment of the decedent and his or her surviving spouse, if any. Any surviving husband or wife and any parent, child, or heirs of such deceased owner may waive his or her right to interment in the said lot in favor of any other relative of such deceased owner, or his or her spouse, and upon such waiver, the body of the person in whose favor the waiver is made may be interred therein. Such waiver of rights of interment must be executed on an approved and notarized letter given to the Grant City Clerk. Either devisees or heirs of the owner may by a written, court-approved agreement, determine who among them shall have the right of interment, which agreement shall be filed with the City Clerk.
- CONSENT OF CITY
Owners shall not allow interments to be made in their lots for a remuneration, and no transfer or assignment of any lot, or interest therein, shall be valid without the consent in writing of the City first and endorsed upon such a transfer or assignment, and thereafter being recorded on the books of the Cemetery. In the event the Owner, or Owners, of any unoccupied lots or spaces desire to dispose of the same, the City shall have first option to repurchase the same from the owner or owners thereof. The City will pay to the Owners the original purchase price paid for the lot or spaces less the filing fee recorded.
- TRANSFER OF ALL DEEDS
The recording fee plus any handling charges the City imposes by resolution must be paid to the City prior to any transfer.
- OWNERSHIP RIGHTS OF INTERMENT
The term 'Lot Owner' or 'Ownership' shall be construed to mean the right to use a lot or part of a lot, as purchased from the City of a consideration for burial purposes only and under the existing or subsequent rules and regulations as prescribed by the City for such use. Upon full payment of the purchase price of a lot, the City will issue a Cemetery deed under its seal, and the deed will be recorded in the records of the City and County as evidence of ownership of the lot. Lots or fractional lots, for which lot deeds have been issued by the City, will not thereafter be divided except by consent of the City. All lots are exempt from taxation and cannot be seized for debt (except those owed to the City), nor may they be mortgaged. In the event the owner, his devisees or heirs have not arranged for future interments, then the devisees or the heirs, as the case may be, of such owner shall have the right of interment in the order of their need. All burial rights in Cemetery lots purchased from the City occupy the same position as real estate at the death of the owner. Only those persons shown on the Cemetery records of the City will be recognized as owners or part owners of lots. In case of the death of a lot owner, when the remaining spaces of a Cemetery lot are disposed of by will, a certified copy of the will must be delivered to the City Clerk before the City will recognize the change in ownership. If the deceased lot owner left no will, a certified copy of the proof of heirship made in the Probate Court must be presented. In either event, a certified copy of the court-approved schedule of distribution shall also be filed with the Clerk. Lot owners in making their wills should include the Cemetery lot. Should a lot owner die without a devise, heirs or any known next of kin, the lot shall revert to the City. The title to a Cemetery lot vests in the owner the right to use such lot for the sole purpose of interment, for themselves, their heirs, or for any such persons as they may choose to admit, provided such admission is free of charge and without compensation and in accordance with the Cemetery Rules and Regulations.
- ABANDONMENT OF LOTS
The ownership or right in or to an unoccupied Cemetery lot, part of lot, lots, or parts of lots, in the Cemetery shall, upon abandonment revert to the City. The determination of abandonment and procedures associated therewith shall be as provided by §12-701 and §12-702, R.R.S.
- 12-701 Abandonment; failure to maintain; presumption; reversion; notice; service.
(1) The ownership of or right in or to an unoccupied cemetery lot or part of a lot in any cemetery in the state shall, upon abandonment, revert to the city, village, township, or cemetery association having the ownership and charge of the cemetery containing such lot or part of a lot. The continued failure to maintain or care for a cemetery lot or part of a lot for a period of ten years shall create and establish a presumption that the same has been abandoned. Abandonment shall not be deemed complete unless, after such period of ten years, there shall be given by the reversionary owner to the owner of record or, if he or she be deceased or his or her whereabouts unknown, to the heirs of such deceased person, as far as they are known or can be ascertained with the exercise of reasonable diligence, or to one or more of the near relatives of such owner of record, whose whereabouts are unknown, notice declaring the lot or part of a lot to be abandoned. This notice shall be served as provided by subsection (2) of this section.
(2) The notice, referred to in subsection (1) of this section, may be served personally upon the owner or his or her heirs or near relatives or may be served by the mailing of the notice by either registered or certified mail to the owner or to his or her heirs or near relatives, as the case may be, to his, her, or their last-known addresses. In the event that the addresses of the owner and his or her heirs and near relatives are unknown or cannot be found with reasonable diligence, the notice of such abandonment shall be given by publishing the same one time in a legal newspaper published in and of general circulation in the county or, if none is published in the county, in a legal newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the cemetery is located.
- 12-702 Abandonment; presumption; rebuttal by notice; sale authorized; proceeds; disposition.
If within one year from the time of serving or publishing the notice referred to in section 12-701, the record owner or his heirs or near relatives shall give the reversionary owner, referred to in subsection (1) of such section, notice in writing that in fact there has been no such abandonment and shall pay the cost of service or publication of the notice of abandonment, then a presumption of abandonment shall no longer exist. In case abandonment has been complete as hereinbefore provided, the reversionary owner of the abandoned lot, part of lot, lots, or parts of lots may sell the same and convey title thereto. Any funds realized from the sale of such lot, part of lot, lots, or parts of lots shall constitute a fund to be used solely for the care and upkeep of the used portion of such lot, part of lot, lots, or parts of lots and for the general maintenance of such cemetery.
- SUBDIVISION OF LOT
- MAY NOT SUBDIVIDE LOTS
The subdivision of lots is not allowed, and no one shall be buried in any lot not having any interest therein, except by written notarized consent of all parties interested in such lot; provided however, a relative of any record owner may be buried in said lot as provided in these rules or in the laws of the state.
- HEADSTONES, FLAT STONES, AND VAULT REGULATIONS
- GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
- No private mausoleums or columbarium’s may be erected in the Cemetery without prior written approval from the City that approves the location, construction, and ground area to be covered.
- Spaces between memorials must allow for a mower to easily pass or must be filled in with concrete not above ground level.
- All memorials must be centered along the west two feet of the lot line.
- Ornamental, yard, or other display decorations are not allowed to take the place of a memorial in the Cemetery.
- A hole must be provided in the base or headstone of any memorial that is intended to display flags. Any flag but the American Flag must be approved by the City prior to display.
- Foundations/bases for memorials or markers must be approved by the City.
- All cement and dirt must be placed in the spot designated by the City.
- No forms for headstone bases/foundations are allowed after their usage is complete.
- Burial vaults are required in the Cemetery which shall be below ground.
- No concrete ground cover shall be allowed over graves.
- MONUMENT REQUIREMENTS
- All Monuments must meet the following requirements (except as defined in B of this section):
- 1-inch Maximum Wash/Base Height
- 26-inch Maximum Base Depth
- 48-inch Maximum Height
- Width – Must not exceed the confines of the lot
- All Monuments in Block 3, Lots 1-3, 16-18 and Block 14, Lots 1-3, 16-21 shall not exceed one (1) inch above ground level (so that a mower can be driven over it without damaging the stone) with a base width of twenty-six (26) inches.
- All monuments, markers, headstones, tombstones, crypts, or tombs shall be constructed of natural stone of a quality approved by the City. No artificial stone of any description shall be permitted.
- Permanent flower containers shall be constructed of concrete, steel, brass, or other approved durable materials. Containers constructed of fragile materials such as glass, paper, or plastic will not be allowed for permanent flower arrangements. All permanent flower containers shall be a part of the monument, marker, table, headstone, tombstone, or crypt or its foundation and may not extend in the front of or rear of the monument, marker, table, headstone, tombstone, or crypt.
- As allowed by law, the City may remove or repair any monument, curbing, marker or other property placed or located on any burial space in a cemetery, except metal markers provided for war veterans as provided in Nebraska Statute Section 80-107, which has become unsightly, dilapidated or decayed if the owner or owners of record, or their next of kin, shall fail to do so within thirty days after legal notice is given. Metal markers provided for veteran’s graves may be moved onto the grave for permanent placement.
- The City of Grant will accept all applicable donations to the Cemetery that adhere to the Gift/Donation Policy as set forth in Resolution 22-02-02.
- Any flagpoles that are to be erected after the adoption of these revised rules and regulations either at the request of the City, via donation, or by the lot owner, may formally submit a request to be reviewed and approved by the Cemetery Board at its earliest convenience. This request must have a map of the requested location of the new flagpole.
- If a patron wishes to place a memorial plaque on a perspective flagpole, they may do so by submitting a formal request to be reviewed and approved by the Cemetery Board at its earliest convenience.
- CONTROL OF WORK BY CITY
- WORK TO BE DONE BY CITY
All grading, landscape work, and improvements of any kind, and all care on lots shall be done, and all trees and shrubs and herbage of any kind shall be planted, trimmed, cut, or removed, and all openings and closings of graves and all interments, disinterment’s, and removals shall be made only be the City or its assigns. Plantings of any kind on family lots will not be permitted.
- CITY MUST DIRECT AND MAY REMOVE IMPROVEMENTS
All improvements or alterations of individual property in the Cemetery shall be under the direction of, and subject to the consent, satisfaction and approval of, the City, and should said improvements or alterations be made without written consent, the City shall have the right to remove, alter or change such improvements or alterations at the expense of the lot owner, or, in any event, if at any time, in the judgment of the City, they become unsightly to the eye. Only one above ground marker may be placed upon any single space within any given lot, in areas where upright memorials are allowed, except that two markers may be allowed on one space upon prior City approval. Foundations for memorials or markers must be specifically approved by the City.
- DECORATIONS OF LOTS
- TREES, SHRUBS AND FLOWERS
All landscaping, including planting of trees, shrubs, and flowers will be done by the City or its assigns, but lot owners are urged to feel free to consult the City regarding matters pertaining to the general beautification, care, and maintenance of lots in the Cemetery. Existing individual lot plantings may be removed by the City when they become unsightly or undesirable and may not be replaced. In years prior, indiscriminate planting of trees, shrubs, and flowers in the Cemetery was customary practice. This was acceptable when the Cemetery was small and cared for largely by individual lot owners. As the Cemetery grew in size and lot owners passed away or migrated to other localities, care and maintenance was left increasingly to the City. In time this became a problem of increasing proportions for the City from the standpoint of finances and labor required to do the job, and overall landscape appearance. A growing tendency has developed through maintaining the Cemeteries problems and desire by lot owners, to concentrate Cemetery plantings in the hands of the City with a much nicer appearance and a better maintained Cemetery as a result. Sentiment is a definite part of a Cemetery, and most people want to "do" something in memory of departed loved ones. This is a natural and commendable desire. Consequently, a provision is made whereby this expression may be made through a fund to which anyone may contribute. To the extent to which this fund is subscribed, it will be used to provide overall landscape effects not otherwise possible.
- FLORAL REGULATIONS
The City and or its assigns shall have authority to remove all floral designs, flowers, weeds, shrubs, plants, or herbage of any kind, from the Cemetery as soon as, in the sole judgment of the Cemetery Caretaker, they become unsightly, dangerous, detrimental, or deceased, or when they do not conform to the standards maintained. The City shall not be liable for floral pieces, baskets, or frames in which, or to which, such floral pieces for funeral services held in the Cemetery. The City shall not be liable for lost, misplaced, or broken flower vases, or for plantings damaged by elements, thieves, vandals, or by other causes beyond its control. Glass containers for flowers or wire used for anchoring or stabilizing decorative materials are extremely dangerous to visitors, and to Cemetery workers using modern mowing and spraying equipment, and the use of wire or glass or other shatterable materials is strictly forbidden.
- FROM APRIL 1 TO NOVEMBER 1
Only artificial bouquets and cut flowers will be permitted as grave decorations. Exceptions to the above: EASTER, MOTHER'S DAY, FATHER'S DAY, and MEMORIAL DAY. At these times other appropriate decorations may be used for one week (7 days) only (e.g., boxes, potted plants, wreaths, etc...) such decorations will be picked up one week (7 days) after above special days.
- FROM NOVEMBER 1 TO APRIL 1
Any appropriate winter decorations may be used such as wreaths, grave blankets, artificial flowers, etc. All Christmas flowers and decorations will be removed no later than March 15. Digging of holes on graves and lots or the mutilation of sod for any reason is specifically forbidden. Artificial floral bouquets and cut flowers may be placed in the approved type vases all during the year but will be removed only when the flowers become withered, faded, or unsightly. The City reserves the right to regulate the method of decorating lots so that a uniform beauty may be maintained.
- WHY DECORATIONS MUST BE REGULATED
- The Grant Fairview Cemetery is the final resting place for thousands of our loved ones. To ensure their continued care and an aesthetically pleasing environment certain regulations must be adhered to in order to ensure the quality of the Cemetery. We do not wish to displease anyone. Quite the contrary, we want to make your Cemetery pleasing to everyone and we feel sure that these rules will provide a much more beautiful and comforting place in which to come and pay your respects. Without uniform regulations, which are established for the good of all patrons, it would be impossible to maintain a beautiful Cemetery.
- We thank you for your cooperation. A WORD OF CAUTION... A few examples of problems beyond our control are high winds and theft of flowers from the vases. Sometimes flowers are missing due to these reasons. The City will prosecute anyone found guilty of stealing decorations.
- ROADWAY AND REPLATTING.
- The City has the right to replat, regrade, and use Cemetery property. The right to enlarge, reduce, replat and/or change the boundaries or grading of the Cemetery or of a section or sections, from time to time, including the right to modify and/or change the locations of or remove or regrade roads, drives and/or walks, or any part thereof, is thereby expressly reserved. The right to lay, maintain, and operate, or alter or change pipelines and/or gutters for sprinkling, irrigations, drainage, etc. is also expressly reserved, as well as is the right to use the Cemetery property, not sold to individual lot owners, for Cemetery purposes. The City reserves to itself and to those lawfully entitled thereto, shall have a perpetual right of ingress and egress over lots for the purpose of passage to and from other lots.
- GENERAL RULES
- No easement or right is granted to any lot owner in any road, drive, alley, or walk within the Cemetery but such road, drive, alley, or walk may be used as a means of public access to the Cemetery or buildings as long as the City devotes it to that purpose.
- Children under fifteen (15) years of age shall not be permitted in the Cemetery, or its buildings, unless said minor is accompanied by proper persons to take care of them.
- The Cemetery and City are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday and closed on all state holidays.
- Cemetery roads, drives, alleys, or walkways may be used by lot owners and persons to access the Cemetery for its proper usage. The maximum speed limit within the Cemetery is fifteen (15) miles per hour. Vehicles are not allowed to block the roadways unless directed to park for attendance at a funeral.
- Loud talking or noise making is not permitted at the Cemetery.
- Firearms are not permitted within the Cemetery grounds except for military services.
- Loitering is not permitted at the Cemetery.
- Littering, gun shells, weapons, golf balls or any other objects that could become projectiles during mowing or which are not reasonably or normally used in a Cemetery are prohibited.
- No monument, marker, table, headstone, tombstone, or crypt nameplate may be raised or moved without approval of the City.
- Foot markers are not allowed in the Cemetery.
- No burial or memorial is permitted for animals or pets at the Cemetery.
- All persons are prohibited from taking flowers, either natural or artificial, plants or ornaments from grave spaces without special permission from the space owner or the City.
- Animals and pets are not permitted at the Cemetery.
- Spreading of cremains is prohibited in the Cemetery.
- No person shall be permitted to consume alcoholic beverages, food, or other refreshments within the Cemetery.
- No religious test shall be made concerning the ownership of lots, the burial therein or the ornamentation of graves or lots.
- The throwing of rubbish when cleaning lot spaces and not using the trash barrels provided is prohibited. If litter is thrown on any one’s lot or other ground belonging to the City violators will be subject to a fine.
- No lot owner shall offer money to any employee for special care of said lot. Any employee found to have accepted money for special care will be dismissed.
- Flowers and floral decorations on new interments will be left for a period of seven (7) days during summer months, then removed and disposed of.
- All permanent flower containers shall be constructed of concrete, steel, brass, or other approved durable materials. Containers constructed of fragile materials such as glass, paper, or plastic will not be allowed for permanent flower arrangements. All permanent flower containers shall be a part of the monument, marker, table, headstone, tombstone, or crypt or its foundation and may not extend in the front of or rear of the monument, marker, table, headstone, tombstone, or crypt.
- All monuments, markers, headstones, tombstones, crypts, or tombs shall be constructed of natural stone of a quality approved by the City. No artificial stone of any description shall be permitted.
- No 'for sale' signs may be placed anywhere on the Cemetery grounds.
- Peddling of flowers or plants, or soliciting the sale of any commodity, other than by employees of the City under its direction, is prohibited within the Cemetery. Solicitation of any kind is strictly forbidden at any time in or around the Cemetery without the approval of the City.
- No private mausoleums or columbarium’s may be erected in the Cemetery without prior approval having been obtained from the City, approving the location, construction, and ground area to be covered. The City reserves the right to deny permission to construct any structure or building of any type without cause. All types of individual mausoleums above ground level are prohibited.
- PROTECTION AGAINST LOSS
- WHEN CEMETERY NOT RESPONSIBLE
The Cemetery shall take reasonable precaution to protect the lot owners, and the property rights of the lot owners, within the Cemetery, from the loss or damage; but hereby disclaims any and all responsibilities for loss or damage: from causes beyond its reasonable control, and, especially, from damage caused by the elements, and act of God, common enemies, thieves, strikers, malicious mischief makers, explosions, unavoidable accidents, invasions, insurrections, riots, or order of any military or civil authority, whether the damage be direct or collateral, other than as herein provided. Damage done to lots, walks, drives, trees, shrubs, or other property by the City’s contractors, or their agents shall be repaired by the City: and cost of such repairs shall be charged to the contractor or to its principal.
- PERSONS PERMITTED ON CEMETERY LOT, DUTY OF TRESPASSERS
Only the lot owner and his relatives shall be permitted on any Cemetery lot. Any other person thereon shall be considered a trespasser, and the City shall owe no duty to the trespasser to keep the properly, or the memorial thereon, in a reasonable safe condition.
The Cemetery grounds are sacredly devoted to the burial of the dead, and the penalties of the law will be strictly enforced in all cases of wanton injury, or disturbance and disregard of these rules and regulations. It is of the utmost importance that there should be strict observance of all the proprieties of the Cemetery whether embraced in these rules or not, as no improprieties shall be allowed, and the City shall have the power to prevent improper assemblages.
- CHANGE IN ADDRESS OF LOT OWNERS
- LOT OWNERS MUST NOTIFY CITY
It shall be the duty of the lot owner to notify the City in writing of any change in his post office address. Notice sent by the United States First Class Certified mail to a lot owner at the last address on file with the City office shall be considered sufficient and proper legal notification.
- HOURS GROUNDS AND OFFICE OPEN
The City office shall be open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The City office is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and all State holidays. The Cemetery grounds shall be open from dawn to dusk seven (7) days a week.
- RIGHT TO REMOVE OFFENSIVE MONUMENTS OR INSCRIPTIONS, CORRECTION OF ERRORS
If any monument, marker, headstone, tombstone, or crypt nameplate, or inscription is determined by the City to be offensive, improper, or injurious to the appearance of the surrounding lots or grounds, it reserves the right to enter such lot and cause the removal of the offensive or improper object or objects. The City also reserves the right to correct an improper inscription, including an incorrect name or date, either on the memorial or on the container for cremated remains.
- CARETAKER TO ENFORCE RULES
The Caretaker and their assigns are hereby empowered to enforce all rules and regulations, and to exclude from the property of the Cemetery, any person violating the same. The Caretaker and their assigns shall have charge of the grounds and buildings at all times and shall have supervision and control of all persons in the Cemetery, including the conduct of funerals, traffic, employees, lot owners, and visitors. Person(s) violating any of the Cemetery rules and regulations will be subject to arrest and may be fined in any sum not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each violation and offense.
The City may, and it hereby expressly reserves the right, at any time or times, to adopt new rules and regulations, or to amend, alter and/or repeal any rule, regulation, and/or article, section, paragraph and/or sentence in these rules and regulations.
BABYLAND is an area of the city cemetery that the City and donors donated for the specific use for the internment of children who have died at age 15 and younger. Baby land is currently located in Spaces 1-7 of Blocks 20, Lot 7, 8, and 9. The City may expand the number of spaces dedicated to Babyland and reserves the right after twenty-five (25) years to decrease by no more than five (5) spaces. Costs for burial at Babyland are available at the City Office.
- SPECIAL DESIGNATED SPACES
Lot 7, Space 4 is dedicated to a marker identifying Babyland and deceased Children who identify with Grant or Perkins County. Lot 9, Space 4 is dedicated to a Babyland sitting bench for reflection of the children in Babyland.
- AUTHORITY TO USE BABYLAND SPACE
The City provides permission and access to these spaces at request when it determines the deceased child has a direct connection to the City of Grant or Perkins County and was stillborn or died at age 15 or younger.
- BURIAL REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIC TO BABYLAND
Burials in Babyland are limited to the same size burial as a cremation in the rest of the Cemetery. If more space is needed, written approval must be obtained prior to the burial from the City.
- BABYLAND MEMORIAL STONE
A memorial stone at Babyland is available for the inscription of the names of children upon City approval for fifteen (15) or younger deceased children who have a connection with the City or Perkins County.
- GENERAL RULES
Other rules and regulations of the Cemetery that are not specifically modified by this section apply to Babyland.