[Adopted 12-10-1979 by Ord. No. 440 as Sec. 13-15 of the 1979 Code]
In accordance with the provisions of R.I.G.L. § 23-18-10, as amended, the Town Council does hereby prohibit further burials in that certain burial ground described as follows: “Rhode Island Historical Cemetery No. 65 located on Assessors Plat 15, Lot 114, on the northwesterly side of Leading Street in the Town of Johnston, referred to as the Harris Lot.”
In accordance with the provisions of R.I.G.L. § 23-18-10, as amended, the Town Council does hereby order the owner of the burial ground to cause to be removed therefrom the cadavers or remains of any persons buried therein; cadavers and remains to be transferred to and interred in some other cemetery within the State of Rhode Island.
Removal and interment shall be made under the direction of a qualified registered funeral director and with the approval of the nearest of kin of the deceased.
No cadaver or remains shall be removed as aforesaid unless notice is given by certified mail to the nearest of kin known to the owner of the land, and by advertising, in one or more newspapers having circulation within the Town, at least once a week for three successive weeks.
In the event there shall be no nearest of kin known to the owner or in the event the nearest of kin shall neglect to approve the removal and interment, the owner and the State Health Department shall cause the cadavers or remains to be removed, transferred and interred in such other cemetery in accordance with the laws, rules and regulations of the religious denominations, if any shall be known or ascertained, to which the deceased subscribed.
In adopting this article the Town Council finds that the area surrounding the aforedescribed cemetery is compact and becoming thickly populated and this section is necessary for preserving the health of the citizens of the surrounding area and is in the interest of the public welfare of the citizens of Johnston.