|Who owns the cemeteries and how do I purchase a lot?
Both cemeteries are owned by the Township. You should contact the Township Clerk when you wish to purchase a lot. The Clerk can assist you in choosing a location and making a purchase. You should NOT purchase a cemetery plot through the funeral home.
Can I transfer the plot to someone else?
When you purchase a cemetery plot, a Right of Burial is issued in your name and cannot be transferred to someone else. If you decide you do not want or need a plot that you have purchased, you must sell it back to the Township.
Who's responsibility is it to erect and maintain grave markers?
It is the owner's right to erect a stone, monument, or mausoleum at the grave and keep it in repair.
Who is responsible for shrubs or trees that are encroaching upon a loved ones grave?
All landscaping, improvements and care for shrubs, trees, and herbage of any kind are the responsibility of the Township. If any shrub or tree, because of its roots, branches or otherwise becomes detrimental in any to the lots, the Township will remove the shrub or tree. Likewise, if any monument or other structure the Township determines to be offensive or interferes with care and improvements, will be removed.
Who should be contacted if a marker is sinking and needs to be raised?
The responsibility lies on the family members or friends who purchased the marker. If you need a marker raised, your first call should be to the monument company where the marker was purchased. If the marker is a government marker, with your request, we can look at it and decide what action to take.
Can flowers be planted on a grave?
Yes, but only within 4" of the grave marker. The Township reserves the right to remove all flowers, weeds, etc. at their discretion.
What about hanging baskets and urns?
Yes, hanging baskets and urns can be placed on a grave. The Township reserves the right to remove all baskets and urns at their discretion.
Placing cremains in a full size plot seems a waste of space. Are there any other options?
The Township has purchased a columbarium, which can hold approximately 78 cremains. Contact the Township Hall for availability.
What else should I know?
All the landscaping, improvement and care, plus planting of trees, shrubs and herbage of any kind on the lots, are the Township's responsibility. If any monument or other structure that the Township determines to be offensive or interfere with the care and improvements, will be removed. Likewise, if any tree or shrub because of its roots, branches or otherwise become detrimental in any way to the lots, the Township will remove the tree or shrub.
If you have questions, or would like a copy of the Cemetery Ordinance, contact any one of the Cemetery Board Members through the Township hall at (269) 465-6601.