City of Louisiana, MO
Pike County
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Section 135.010 Care, Custody and Management.

[R.O. 2008 §135.010; Code 1968 §6-1; CC 1988 §6-1; Ord. No. 34-2015 §1, 8-10-2015]
The entire care, custody and management of all physical property of the City cemeteries is hereby placed in the charge of the City Administrator under direction of the Mayor and City Council.

Section 135.020 City Sexton — Duties Generally.

[R.O. 2008 §135.020; Code 1968 §6-2; CC 1988 §6-2; Ord. No. 34-2015 §1, 8-10-2015]
The City Sexton shall be under the orders and directions of the City Administrator in taking care of the cemeteries, and it shall be his/her duty to keep the cemeteries in such order and repair as may be ordered.

Section 135.030 Fees and Charges — Lot Prices and Perpetual Care Charges.

[R.O. 2008 §135.050; Code 1968 §§6-6, 6-9; CC 1988 §6-5; Ord. No. 6493 §1, 4-10-1995; Ord. No. 07-2006, 5-8-2006]
A. 
Lots in the City cemeteries shall be sold to the public for the following prices:
1. 
For one (1) full lot, one thousand six hundred dollars ($1,600.00) plus four hundred dollars ($400.00) for perpetual care.
2. 
For one-half (½) of a lot, one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) plus three hundred dollars ($300.00) for perpetual care.
3. 
For a single grave, two hundred dollars ($200.00) plus sixty dollars ($60.00) for perpetual care.
4. 
For a single grave for an infant, seventy-five dollars ($75.00) plus twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for perpetual care.
5. 
For a single grave, for ashes, two hundred dollars ($200.00) plus sixty dollars ($60.00) for perpetual care.
B. 
Lots in the City cemeteries may be transferred for the interment of paupers by the Mayor, upon finding a clear and present need to intern a deceased pauper in the City cemetery. The Mayor is hereby authorized to command city employees to transfer an appropriate plot for such burial purposes in the same manner as if the City had been fully compensated for such cemetery plot. The Mayor is authorized to conduct such financial investigation as the Mayor deems appropriate to ascertain whether or not a deceased person is a pauper. In any instance where the Mayor shall transfer a plot under this Subsection, the Mayor or City Administrator shall thereafter report the transfer and the basis therefor to the City Council.
[Ord. No. 05-2016 §1, 3-14-2016]

Section 135.040 Abstract of Lots.

[R.O. 2008 §135.080; Code 1968 §6-5; CC 1988 §6-8; Ord. No. 34-2015 §1, 8-10-2015]
The City Clerk and the City Treasurer shall furnish to the City Administrator, on January 1 of each year, a complete abstract showing the names and addresses of all the owners of lots in City cemeteries.

Section 135.050 Grave Markers in Memorial Gardens.

[R.O. 2008 §135.090; Code 1968 §6-10; CC 1988 §6-9]
Grave markers placed in the Louisiana Memorial Gardens Cemetery shall be restricted to flat markers.

Section 135.060 Decoration of Graves — Regulations.

[R.O. 2008 §135.095; Ord. No. 6691, 12-8-2003; Ord. No. 03-2012 §1, 1-9-2012]
A. 
Only small vases with cut or artificial flowers are to be placed on any grave and all may be removed when they become unsightly. There shall not be any holes dug around grave markers nor any jars or cans set in ground above grave markers.
B. 
There is to be no planting of any trees, shrubbery, vines or flowers on any grave.
C. 
There is to be no gravel or sand placed around grave markers, and if so placed, will be removed.
D. 
Flags as decorations are permitted only on Memorial Day and Veterans Day between sunup and sundown. (To leave flags out overnight is improper.)
E. 
Should any existing tree or shrub on or near any lot become dangerous, unsightly or annoying to the adjacent lot or ways, the cemetery employees may remove such plant.
F. 
Boxes, baskets, shells, emblems, toys, crockery, glassware or other such objects will not be permitted upon any grave, and if so placed, it will be removed.
G. 
Cemetery Renewal Days.
[Ord. No. 09-2015 §1, 4-13-2015]
1. 
Grave decorations, including but not limited to potted flowers, plants, summer wreaths or baskets which are left upon or about graves at the City cemetery shall, on designated cemetery renewal days, become the property of the City, and City workers shall remove and dispose of such decorations on or as soon as practicable after said "cemetery renewal days." Cemetery renewal days shall be the second Monday of both January and July. The Cemetery Department shall cause a reminder notice of Cemetery renewal days to be published in a local media resource.
2. 
Grave decorations consisting in part or in whole of live plants or flowers may be removed and disposed of by City workers whenever such live plants or flowers show obvious signs of decomposition. Nothing in this Subsection shall prevent persons who previously decorated graves from removing such decorations prior to removal by City workers.
H. 
The cemeteries reserve the right to remove all flowers, potted plants, summer wreaths or baskets of flowers when they become withered or for any other reasons, and the cemetery employees are ordered to make such removals when, in their judgment, it is to the best interest of the cemeteries.

Section 135.070 Moving Any Vault, Coffin, Etc. — Regulations.

[R.O. 2008 §135.098; Ord. No. 4-2004 §1, 2-9-2004; Ord. No. 24-2007 §12, 12-13-2007]
A. 
Any vault, coffin or like apparatus, which houses the deceased located in any cemetery under the control of the City of Louisiana, shall not be moved, disturbed or relocated unless:
1. 
A written request has been received by the Cemetery Sexton, approved by the City Administrator and City Attorney. The estimated costs of moving a vault, coffin or like apparatus, which houses the deceased, shall be paid before work commences. When the work is complete, actual costs will be adjusted against the payment. The City shall also have on file a signed notarized waiver of liability from the applicant before any action will be taken to move such vault, coffin or like apparatus which houses the deceased.
2. 
Directed by a court order or City Council.

Section 135.080 Created — Appointment and General Powers of Trustee.

[R.O. 2008 §135.100; Code 1968 §6-12; CC 1988 §6-31]
There is hereby created the Perpetual Care Trust Fund for the Riverview Cemetery of Louisiana, Missouri. The City is appointed trustee of such fund, and the trustee shall have all those powers and obligations specified in this Article as well as such other powers and obligations as may be conferred upon the trustee by State law.

Section 135.090 Source.

[R.O. 2008 §135.110; Code 1968 §6-13; CC 1988 §6-32]
The trust fund created by this Article shall consist of any assets which may be donated, given, devised, granted or bequeathed for perpetual care in the Riverview Cemetery from any person, including the City.

Section 135.100 Separate Fund — Commingling With Other City Revenue.

[R.O. 2008 §135.120; Code 1968 §6-14; CC 1988 §6-33]
The trust fund created by this Article shall be set aside as a separate fund. Its principal assets shall be kept intact and under no circumstances spent or commingled with other revenue of the City.

Section 135.110 Investment of Assets.

[R.O. 2008 §135.130; Code 1968 §6-15; CC 1988 §6-34]
The assets in the trust fund created by this Article shall be invested or from time to time reinvested in bonds of the United States Government or the State or may be placed in any bank or savings and loan association authorized to do business in the State so long as the funds so deposited are protected by Federal deposit insurance. The assets also may be invested in any other form authorized by the laws of the State. Any asset coming into the trust fund which is not in such form as to constitute an authorized investment shall, within a reasonable time, be converted into a qualified form of investment.

Section 135.120 Annual Report To City Council.

[R.O. 2008 §135.140; Code 1968 §6-20; CC 1988 §6-35]
The Mayor and City Treasurer shall make a written report to the City Council at least annually setting forth the condition of the trust fund created by this Article, the amount of income from the trust fund and the expenditures thereof.

Section 135.130 Minimum Charge For Care — Deposits For Care.

[R.O. 2008 §135.150; Code 1968 §6-17; CC 1988 §6-36]
The trustee shall have the authority, by resolution, to establish and from time to time revise a minimum dollar amount for each grave or lot of each size in the Riverview Cemetery to qualify the grave or lot for perpetual care. The trustee shall, however, under such conditions as the trustee may see fit, accept deposits of larger or smaller amounts to the trust fund created by this Article for purposes of perpetual care.

Section 135.140 Annual Appropriation From Trust Income.

[R.O. 2008 §135.160; Code 1968 §6-21; CC 1988 §6-37]
The City Council shall, at least annually from the trust income, appropriate and expend a sufficient amount to carry out the purposes of this Article.

Section 135.150 Expenditure of Income — Use of Excess Income.

[R.O. 2008 §135.170; Code 1968 §6-16; CC 1988 §6-38]
The income from the trust fund created by this Article shall be expended for the grading, seeding, sodding, mowing or otherwise maintaining, improving or beautifying any qualified grave, lot, stone, monument or mausoleum in the Riverview Cemetery and for the administration of the trust fund. If in any given year the income from the trust fund exceeds the expenses necessary for the purposes specified in this Section, all or any portion of such excess income may, in the discretion of the trustee, be added to the principal of the trust fund or expended for the maintenance and beautification of such cemetery generally.

Section 135.160 Record and Marking of Graves or Lots Qualified For Care.

[R.O. 2008 §135.180; Code 1968 §6-18; CC 1988 §6-39]
A record of each grave or lot which is qualified for perpetual care pursuant to this Article shall be kept by the trustee of the fund created by this Article. Each such grave or lot shall be appropriately marked in order that its qualification for perpetual care may be readily ascertainable.

Section 135.170 Inspection of Qualifying Graves or Lots.

[R.O. 2008 §135.190; Code 1968 §6-19; CC 1988 §6-40; Ord. No. 34-2015 §1, 8-10-2015]
The City Sexton shall, at least once a year, inspect all graves and lots qualifying for perpetual care pursuant to this Article to determine what care is needed, and see that the necessary care is performed.