[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of New Haven 7-28-1896 by Ord. No. 5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The cemetery known as “Centennial Cemetery” is hereby declared a public burial ground; and no person or persons, society or congregation shall establish any other burial ground within the corporate limits of said Village of New Haven. Said cemetery is situated on the east half of the southwest quarter of Section 28 town 4 north of range 14 east and is described as follows: commencing 26 rods and 16 feet east of southwest corner of east 1/2 of southwest 1/4 of said section 28 town and range aforesaid, thence north 22 rods, thence west 214 feet, thence north 10 rods, thence west 14 rods, thence north 16 rods, thence east 46 rods, 13 feet and nine inches, thence west 16 rods 13 feet and nine inches, thence south 32 rods to section line, thence west on section line 50 feet to place of beginning and containing 6, 30-160 acres of land (more or less).
No interment shall be made in any place within the corporate limits of the Village of New Haven except in such cemeteries as may be established by ordinance or resolution of the Village Council.
There shall be appointed by the Council three trustees who shall be freeholders and electors of said Village, who shall constitute a Board of Cemetery Trustees. The three trustees shall hold their offices for the term of three years, except that at the first appointment one shall be appointed for one year, one for two years and one for the term of three years from the second Monday of April when appointed, and annually thereafter one trustee shall be appointed. The Council may remove any trustee so appointed for inattention to his duties or want of proper skill in or for the proper discharge of the duties required of him or for any other good cause. The Board shall serve without compensation. The members shall appoint one of their number Chairman, and the Village Clerk shall be Clerk of the Board.
The Board shall be subject to the directions and ordinances of the Council, have the care and management of said Centennial Cemetery and shall direct the improvement and embellishments of the grounds, cause the same to be laid out in lots, avenues and walks, the lots to be numbered and plats thereof to be made and recorded in the office of the Village Clerk. The Board shall fix the price of lots and make sales thereof.
The conveyance of such lots shall be executed on behalf of the Village by the Clerk and be recorded in his office at the expense of the purchaser. The fee to be paid for such record shall be $0.25.
The Board of Cemetery Trustees shall appoint the necessary superintendents and employees for the cemetery, expend the money provided for the care and improvement of the grounds, enforce the ordinances of the Village made for the management and care thereof and make such regulations for the burial of the dead and the care and protection of the grounds, monuments and appurtenances of the cemetery and the orderly conduct of persons visiting the grounds as may be considered with the ordinances of the Village and the laws of the state.
All monies raised for the cemetery by the Village, and all monies received from the sale of lots therein or otherwise therefrom, shall be paid into the Village treasury and constitute a fund to be denominated the "Cemetery Fund"; said fund shall not be devoted or applied to any other purpose except the purposes of such cemetery. The Board of Cemetery Trustees shall report to the Council annually on the first Monday in March, and as often as the Council shall require, the amount of all monies received into and owing to the cemetery fund and from what source and from whom and the date, amount, items and purpose of all expenditures and liabilities incurred and to whom paid and to whom incurred and such other matters as the Council shall require, which report shall be verified by the oath of the Clerk of the Board.
The Board of Cemetery Trustees shall keep a record of each interment made in said cemetery, the lot upon which the same is made, the name of the person buried, and date of interment.
The Board shall have the exclusive right to dig or open graves within said cemetery, and all graves opened shall be under the supervision of said Board or its employees.
The Board of Cemetery Trustees shall from time to time adopt such rules and regulations for the government and control of said cemetery as may be deemed necessary, which shall be submitted to the Council for adoption. Upon their adoption and passage by the Council, such rules and regulations shall have the force and effect of ordinances.
The Village Council shall, on recommendation of the Board of Cemetery Trustees, set apart a lot or lots in said cemetery for interment of strangers and poor persons.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to commit any nuisance, to injure, deface or destroy any tombstone, monument, footstone, headstone or other device for the marking of graves in said cemetery or to remove, injure or destroy any shade or ornamental tree, plant, flower or shrub or any vase crock, bouquet, floral design or any other ornamental device upon or about any grove or lot in said cemetery, except from his or her own lot, or to encroach upon any lot or part of a lot belonging to any other person or to said Village in setting up any monument, stone or enclosure or in grading or ornamenting any lot or part of lot, nor shall any person deface, injure or destroy any fence about said cemetery or about any lot therein.
[Amended 1-13-2015 by Ord. No. 333]
Any person or persons convicted or a violation of or failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter before any court of competent jurisdiction shall be punished as set forth in Chapter 59, Municipal Civil Infractions, of the Code of the Village of New Haven.