City of Bowling Green, MO
Pike County
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Section 150.010 General Plan.

[CC 1996 §150.010; Ord. No. 1153 §I, 6-5-2000]
The cemeteries known as Bowling Green Cemetery, Memorial Gardens and Green Lawn are to be governed by the City of Bowling Green. The Board of Aldermen shall have the power to purchase, receive and hold real estate, as herein mentioned, for public cemeteries, either within or out of the City, within a distance of three (3) miles thereof and the City and its officers shall have jurisdiction over the said cemeteries wherever located; provided that no such cemetery shall exceed eight (8) acres in one (1) body. The Board of Aldermen shall provide for the survey, platting, grading, fencing, ornamenting and improving of all the cemetery grounds and the avenues leading thereto owned by the City and may construct walks and protect ornamental trees and provide for paying the expenses thereof. The Board of Aldermen may make rules and impose penalties and fines regulating, protecting and governing the City's cemeteries, the owners of lots therein, visitors and punish trespassers therein. All lots are sold subject to continual care and all care and maintenance thereon will be done under the direction of the City of Bowling Green.

Section 150.020 Burials.

[CC 1996 §150.020; Ord. No. 1442 §I, 8-16-2004]
A. 
All lots will be used only for the burial of human bodies and/or cremations of human bodies.
B. 
Only one (1) body burial (non-cremated) may be made on any (1) grave lot and shall be enclosed in a coffin or casket. Such coffin or casket shall be placed in a vault or ceiling (or non-ceiling burial case).
C. 
No more than two (2) set of ashes (cremated), urns and/or vaults shall be allowed on any grave lot. Cremation burials must have special permission from the Cemetery Sexton within the old cemetery for grave lot compatibility. All cremated remains must be buried at a minimum of twelve (12) inches below the surface.
D. 
Authorized funeral directors and/or grave diggers shall conduct the burial of any cremations in Bowling Green City cemeteries. If an urn is to be buried, it shall be required to be placed in an urn vault.
E. 
Only one (1) additional grave marker shall be authorized for an existing grave lot where a gravestone or grave marker already exists. The gravestone marker shall be flat and shall be no larger than twenty-four (24) inches by twelve (12) inches in size.
F. 
Burials will be made facing in an easterly direction.
G. 
A written permit from the owner of the lot may be required before permitting any burial.
H. 
Disinterments are to be made only under the supervision of the Cemetery Sexton and prepayment of charges may be required.
I. 
During wet times grave diggers will be required to lay boards down when entering the Bowling Green cemeteries.
J. 
All Dirt To Be Removed. Graves to be filled back with good topsoil and mounded approximately two (2) feet high by grave digger. All graves, after settling, are to be either sodded or sowed with grass seed by the City so as to make the grave level.
K. 
Grave diggers shall post a security bond in the amount of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) before digging any graves. If the bond is unused, it may be continued into the next year. If used, a new bond must be posted. No person or firm can dig in the cemetery without this bond. Grave diggers shall be responsible for the grave until the Public Works Director released them in writing.
L. 
Grave diggers shall provide evidence to the City Clerk of liability insurance coverage in an amount not less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) which insures the grave digger and names the City as an additional insured.

Section 150.025 Erection of Monuments.

[Ord. No. 1470 §I, 5-16-2005]
A. 
The owners of lots shall be permitted to ornament such lot in any reasonable way and to erect thereon a reasonable monument except that no lot shall be enclosed by any fence or railing.
B. 
The monument shall be erected in the following manner:
1. 
Monument companies must contact and make arrangements with the Sexton forty-eight (48) hours prior to installation of footing.
2. 
Installation of footing and/or monument must take place between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. Monday thru Friday. (*Note special arrangements for Saturday installation with proper notice to Sexton)
3. 
The contractors will provide a copy of a signed work order and a diagram showing layout and location of monument forty-eight (48) hours prior to the installation of the footing. (*Note can be faxed at 573-324-6298)
4. 
The City will flag all monument locations for the contractor. (Orange flags)
5. 
All monuments to include headstones will be set on a concrete pad.
6. 
Headstones under twenty-four (24) inches in length will have one (1) pier of six (6) inches minimum diameter that is three (3) feet deep or rests on the burial vault.
7. 
Headstones between twenty-four (24) and forty-eight (48) inches will have a minimum of two (2) piers set no less than eight (8) inches from either end of the stone with a six (6) inch minimum diameter that are at least three (3) feet deep or rests on the burial vault.
8. 
Headstones over forty-eight (48) inches will have a minimum of three (3) piers set appropriately spaced to provide maximum support for the headstone with a six (6) inch minimum diameter that are at least three (3) feet deep or rests on the burial vault.
9. 
Headstones more than sixteen (16) inches in width will have footing poured at all four (4) corners.
10. 
Footing will be constructed of concrete blended appropriately with water. (No dry cement is to be poured into the ground.)
11. 
All footings must cure for five (5) days prior to actual installation of monument and covered in temperatures thirty-two degrees (32°) and below for cure time.
12. 
All footing installations will be inspected by the Sexton.
13. 
The length of monuments including the pad shall not exceed the width of the grave lot. The width of the monuments including the pad shall not exceed thirty-six (36) inches.
14. 
All grave markers shall be set flush to ground level, no footing required.
15. 
All monuments and footings will be installed with contour of ground, unless noted otherwise by the Sexton.
16. 
Contractor will not park truck or equipment on the cemetery lawns.
17. 
Contractor will remove any excess dirt resulting from footing installation.

Section 150.030 Decoration of Graves.

[CC 1996 §150.030; Ord. No. 1153 §I, 6-5-2000]
A. 
There are to be no enclosures of any nature, such as concrete walls, fences, coping, hedges or ditches, nor corner marks except those set flush with the sod. Except replacing the existing concrete walls at the old cemetery at the lot owner's expense.
B. 
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 around grave markers. There shall be no hanging baskets.
C. 
There is to be no planting of any trees, shrubbery, vines or flowers on any grave.
D. 
There is to be no gravel or sand placed around grave markers and if so placed will be removed.
E. 
Flags as decorations are permitted only on Memorial Day between sun-up and sun-down. (To leave flags out overnight is improper.)
F. 
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.
G. 
Boxes, baskets, shell, emblems, toys, crockery, glassware or other such objects will not be permitted upon any grave and, if so placed, it will be removed.
H. 
Placing potted flowers, plants, summer wreaths or baskets on lots and graves is not permitted except on Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Christmas Day; same shall be removed within ten (10) days from placing on lots and graves on the special days herein set forth. Also, winter wreaths will be removed at such times as is specified by the authorized officers of the cemeteries. The cemeteries shall keep such holders, at the risk of the owner, for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of removal and if owner fails to collect said holders within thirty (30) days from the date of removal, he/she thereby forfeits all rights, titles and interest in said holders and the cemeteries may dispose of them by sale, destruction or in any way it deems best.
I. 
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 reason and the cemetery employees are ordered to make such removals when, in their judgment, it is to the best interests of the cemeteries.

Section 150.040 Monuments, Markers and Vaults.

[CC 1996 §150.040; Ord. No. 1050 §1, 9-14-1998]
A. 
Prior to any monument being placed in any Bowling Green cemetery, the Cemetery Sexton must be contacted forty-eight (48) hours in advance. Additionally, the Sexton must approve the foundation prior to setting the monument. Violations of this regulation will be cause for removal of the monument at the expense of the individual or company setting the monument. The individual or company will have thirty (30) days to comply with the removal order.
B. 
In order to prevent the sinking of graves, caskets shall be placed in concrete or metal vaults or shall be encased in prefabricated concrete panels.
C. 
Monuments Special Requirements. In the Bowling Green cemeteries only monuments made of the following materials shall be used: granite, bronze or marble.
1. 
Only flush with surface type monuments shall be allowed in Memorial Gardens and Green Lawn (garden section).
2. 
Flush with surface monuments may have a vase that is mounted into the monument which is capable of being raised and lowered.
3. 
Above ground or flush with surface monuments shall be allowed in old cemetery (Green Top) and Green Lawn (outer section). Above ground monument height shall be limited to the base allowed that will support it.
D. 
Monument — Size And Base. No monument or marker base shall be more than sixteen (16) inches in base width up to thirty-six (36) inches in length for single grave and up to eighty (80) inches in length for double. No borders past the sixteen (16) inches allowed.
1. 
For flat flush with ground surface markers made of granite or bronze, markers will be set on six (6) inches of compacted gravel three-eighths (⅜) inch size. Surface of marker shall be flush with ground.
2. 
For upright above ground monuments, the base shall be minimum three (3) feet concrete foundation same size as the base of the monument (with no flanging) and concrete pilings extending to a depth of four (4) feet.
E. 
Inscriptions On Monuments And Markers.
1. 
Stone or non-metal monuments shall only have engraved inscriptions sized in proportion to monumental size.
2. 
Bronze or metal monuments may be raised inscriptions in proportion to monument size.
F. 
If the monument or marker needs to be moved or repaired, it will be at the expense of the family.
G. 
Only one (1) individual marker shall be placed on any grave centered near the head and inscriptions shall contain the name and dates of birth and death. The only exception is a veteran memorial to be placed at the foot of the grave flush with the ground.
H. 
No mausoleums will be allowed at any of the City of Bowling Green cemeteries.

Section 150.045 Cemetery Lots — How Sold.

[Ord. No. 1153 §II, 6-5-2000; Ord. No. 1442 §II, 8-16-2004]
A. 
The cemetery lots shall be conveyed by certificates, signed by the Mayor, countersigned by the Clerk, under the Seal of the City, specifying that the purchaser to whom the same is issued is the owner of the lot described therein by numbers, as laid down upon the Official Map or plat of such cemetery made by the City, for the purpose of interment and such certificate shall vest in the purchaser, his/her heirs or assign, a right in fee simple to such lots, for the sole purpose of interment under the regulations of the Board of Aldermen. Such certificates shall be entitled to be recorded in the office of Recorder of Deeds of the proper County without further acknowledgment and such description of lots shall be deemed and recognized as sufficient description thereof. The Board of Aldermen may limit the number of lots owned by the same person at the same time and may prescribe rules for enclosing, adoring and erecting monuments, tombstones and ornaments on cemetery lots and prohibit any improper adornment thereof, but no religious test shall be made to the ownership of the lots or the burials had therein or for the ornamentation of graves and lots.
1. 
Fees for lots. The City shall establish and charge fees for the purchase of lots in the cemeteries. These fees shall be reviewed as to the amount charged being adequate to assist in the perpetual care, maintenance, operation and future land development. The fees shall have the amounts set into accounts by each lot sale. Twenty dollars ($20.00) of each lot sale shall be credited to perpetual care, five percent (5%) will be credited to future development and the remainder shall be credited to the cemetery account for continual care.
2. 
Rates for lot sale. The rate for a burial lot in the City's cemeteries are as follows:
a. 
Green Lawn is five hundred dollars ($500.00) each;
b. 
Memorial Gardens is four hundred dollars ($400.00) each; and
c. 
Bowling Green Cemetery "the old cemetery" is three hundred dollars ($300.00) each.
3. 
Fees for cremation burial openings. A fee shall be established by the City in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00) for each cremation burial opening on an existing burial grave lot and shall be credited to the perpetual care fund.
4. 
Fees for additional grave markers. A fee shall be established by the City in the amount of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for one (1) additional grave marker on an existing burial grave lot and shall be credited to the perpetual care fund.

Section 150.050 Transfer of Lots.

[CC 1996 §150.050; Ord. No. 1050 §1, 9-14-1998]
A. 
Lots in Bowling Green cemeteries will be conveyed to purchasers by warranty deed and must be recorded at their expense. No deed will be issued for any lot nor shall any right of ownership pass until the purchase price is fully paid.
B. 
All transfer of ownership must have written approval by the City of Bowling Green and shall be subject to a charge of ten dollars ($10.00), which charge must be paid to the cemetery when the transfer is recorded. In addition to the ordinary and regular transfer fees, there will be required as a prerequisite to the transfer of any interment rights in the cemetery in a minimum contribution or assessment to or for the benefit of the Cemetery Care Fund in the minimum amount as posted in the cemetery office. The payment set forth in this paragraph shall apply to all interment rights which were originally conveyed before the Continual Care Fund for interment spaces was created by the cemetery.
C. 
Should any burial be made on any lot not fully paid for, the City of Bowling Green retains the ownership thereto and may at its discretion remove any body buried therein to another lot or grave and the cost of such removal shall be covered by the amount paid on account for the original purchased lot.

Section 150.060 Miscellaneous.

[CC 1996 §150.060; Ord. No. 1050 §1, 9-14-1998]
A. 
No body, monument or marker may be removed from the cemeteries unless the written order of the owner is presented to the City of Bowling Green before the removal and these shall be kept on file.
B. 
The cemetery employees reserve the right to remove from any lot anything that it deems unsightly or which in any way conflicts with the rules and regulations, the maintenance or general beauty of the Bowling Green cemeteries.
C. 
Signs indicating that a lot or other object is for sale will not be permitted in the Bowling Green cemeteries.
D. 
Only benches owned or approved by the City of Bowling Green will be permitted.
E. 
When a removal is to be made from a single grave to another grave, the formerly occupied single grave space and all rights therein revert to the Bowling Green cemeteries. If no steel or concrete vault has been used for this interment, one must be furnished; if there is a steel or concrete vault and same is in a removal condition, charge for removal of vault must be paid in advance. Arrangements for the vault removal must be made by someone other than the cemetery. The cemetery removal service charge shall not be less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) payable in advance. Application for removal permit must be signed by next of kin and properly notarized prior to time of removal.
F. 
All interment rights are sold subject to payment of the amount posted in the cemetery office for the area of the lot for continual care and all work on lots will be done by the employees of the cemetery under the direction of the cemetery, except when permission is otherwise granted. All grading, sodding, landscape work and improvements of any kind and all care of lots shall be done and all trees, shrubs and herbage of any kind shall be planted, trimmed, cut or removed and all openings and closings of lots and all interments, disinterments and removals shall be made by the cemetery, unless authorized by the Cemetery Board or Cemetery Sexton.
G. 
No person other than the proper employees of the cemeteries shall be allowed to perform any work within the cemeteries without a written permit from the authorized officers of the cemeteries.
H. 
If any memorial or any structure whatsoever or any inscription to be placed on same shall be determined by the officers to be offensive, they shall have the right and it shall be their duty to enter upon such lot and remove, change or correct the offensive or improper object or objects.
I. 
No dogs shall be permitted in the cemeteries.
J. 
No person shall be permitted within the cemeteries on a bicycle.
K. 
Bringing lunches, beer or intoxicating liquors within the cemeteries is strictly forbidden.
L. 
The cemeteries are not responsible for theft or damage to anything placed on graves or lots.
M. 
Speed of over fifteen (15) miles per hour will not be permitted and no person shall either ride or drive upon the lawns.
N. 
No person will be permitted to use profane or boisterous language or in any way disturb the quiet and good order of the cemeteries.
O. 
All persons are strictly forbidden to break or injure any tree or shrub or any landmark, marker or memorial or in any way deface the grounds of the cemeteries.
P. 
No money shall be paid the attendants at the entrance or on the grounds. The entire time of persons regularly employed on the grounds belongs to the cemeteries. Visitors and owners must not otherwise engage them. All order, inquiries and complaints must be left at the office.
Q. 
No person or persons, other than an employee of the cemeteries, shall be permitted to bring or carry firearms within the cemeteries except a military guard of honor and then only when in charge of an officer and during a military service.
R. 
There shall be no recreational activity such as golf, baseball, football, etc., of any kind at all on the Bowling Green cemetery grounds.

Section 150.070 Continual Care.

[CC 1996 §150.070; Ord. No. 1050 §1, 9-14-1998]
A. 
The purchase price of all interment spaces sold and to be sold in the cemeteries includes a deposit for continual care, which amount is delivered to local trust companies for administration. This continual care means that the limits permitted by the income derived from this Continual Care Fund for interment space, the cemetery grounds will be maintained in keeping with a well preserved burial park, including the cutting of grass and trimming of shrubs and trees at reasonable intervals; keeping in repair the drains, water lines, roads, buildings, fences and other structures, maintaining the necessary records of interment space ownership and burials and other necessary information and having same available to the public authorities and other interested persons.
B. 
This shall not include maintenance, repair or replacement of any memorial under any circumstances.

Section 150.080 Continual Care of Memorials.

[CC 1996 §150.080; Ord. No. 1050 §1, 9-14-1998]
A. 
This continual care means that within the limits permitted by the income derived from Continual Care Fund for cemeteries. Grass will be trimmed from the edges of the memorials; only the flush memorials with rock foundations will be reset if the tilt is due to the earth settling or because of the weather action.
B. 
This shall not include repair or replacement of such memorials when the damage or destruction is caused by vandals, thieves, act of God, common enemy, riots or by the order of the military or civil authorities or acts beyond the control of the cemeteries.
C. 
All temporary grave identification markers other than bronze or granite type memorials set flush with the lawn will be removed from graves six (6) months after interment of body.

Section 150.090 Cemetery Hours.

[Ord. No. 1153 §II, 6-5-2000]
All City cemeteries shall be open to the public during the hours of 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Central Time and shall be closed to the general public from 9:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. Central Time, except City employees, licensed funeral directors or their agents and employees may be in the City's cemeteries, while closed to the public, if they are performing duties as may be prescribed by the City of Bowling Green or by said licensed funeral director. Any person who may be found upon the City cemeteries during such time as they are closed to the general public and who are not authorized exceptions as aforestated shall be deemed to have committed the offense of trespass which shall be punishable as provided in Section 100.220 of the Bowling Green, Missouri, City Code.