FAQ

 

Message from the Cemetery Board:

This board is charged with oversight of the cemetery in two main areas. One is the legal and orderly burial and associated record keeping. The other is the maintenance and care of the grounds in a manner respectful to the patrons and attractive and inviting to the general public.

We have no fund excess, therefore much of the beautification work is done on a volunteer basis. Much of that volunteer work is done by the Cemetery Board, however many of the public have also contributed. We would like your cooperation with this - we have two major problems. They are excessive and improperly placed flowers and decorations and the effects of deterioration of artificial decorations. These both provide grounds maintenance problems and increased expense. For that reason we are enhancing and enforcing the decoration rules.

It is our hope and goal to give the cemetery patrons the greatest latitude while maintaining general decor and reasonable sustainable budget expenditures. We realize no one likes rules imposed and we don’t take any pleasure in them either, however they are the result of real problems and are intended for the greater good of the cemetery. You will help maintain this grand cemetery by following these rules and guidelines. Many public and private cemeteries in our area have much more stringent rules and if we can’t control the costs of maintenance we may need to impose more severe restrictions.

 

April is Decoration Removal Month

One of the problems of maintaining the appearance of the cemetery is artificial decorations/flowers. While there is a range of opinions about artificial decorations, the cemetery board makes no judgment about suitability. However, we are concerned about their condition. Weather and Sun take a toll on artificial decoration by fading and breakdown. Faded decorations detract from the cemetery as a whole and physical breakdown creates a major clean up/pick up problem as the pieces last for years if not decades or longer, so they must be picked up. Each year we have two volunteer cleanup sessions, one in April – prior to Memorial Day and one following Memorial Day. Picking up petals, leaves and other pieces of artificial decoration have become a major part of the cleanup. The other clean up problem is assessing the condition of the artificial items. Therefore, we are now going to require that all decorations be removed prior to April 1. You then may assess your decorations condition and put them back or replace them with new as needed after May 1. Any decorations remaining in cemetery during the month of April WILL be removed and disposed of without notice. After Memorial Day any artificial decoration badly faded or ones that can be demonstrated to be deteriorating in a manner that produces litter will be removed without notice.

 

Approved Plant Stands and Placement

One of the problems of maintaining the appearance of the cemetery is artificial decorations/flowers. While there is a range of opinions about artificial decorations, the cemetery board makes no judgment about suitability. However, we are concerned about their condition. Weather and Sun take a toll on artificial decoration by fading and breakdown. Faded decorations detract from the cemetery as a whole and physical breakdown creates a major clean up/pick up problem as the pieces last for years if not decades or longer, so they must be picked up. Each year we have two volunteer cleanup sessions, one in April – prior to Memorial Day and one following Memorial Day. Picking up petals, leaves and other pieces of artificial decoration have become a major part of the cleanup. The other clean up problem is assessing the condition of the artificial items. Therefore, we are now going to require that all decorations be removed prior to April 1. You then may assess your decorations condition and put them back or replace them with new as needed after May 1. Any decorations remaining in cemetery during the month of April WILL be removed and disposed of without notice. After Memorial Day any artificial decoration badly faded or ones that can be demonstrated to be deteriorating in a manner that produces litter will be removed without notice.

 

Special Message about Post Memorial Day Decorations
Understanding and following these rules will prevent disappointment and heartache.

The Cemetery Board wishes to allow families and friends the broadest range of memorials that are practically possible. This must be balanced with general decorum and taste along with our obligation to maintain a clean, neat cemetery properly mowed and trimmed. We do this by allowing nearly anything for memorials from May through Memorial Day. We MAY, as we usually do, extend this period for your benefit to include Fathers Day. This is done at a real cost in mowing and trimming as it takes much more time and concentration to work around these items. After this time period items in violation as listed below will be removed to disposal - This means Permanently Gone!

  • Anything at ground level sitting or inserted into the ground.
  • Anything propped or standing at ground level that does not have at least 5” of cement base between the outer edge of the item and the grass
  • anything not secured that could easily fall or tip into the path of mowers or trimmers.
  • Any sort of hanger or plant stand inserted into the ground without the proper installation by cemetery personnel (exceptions are those who have paid for the cementing procedure which we haven’t yet completed)
  • Any ground cement work done without specific approval of the Cemetery Board
  • More than 1 plant stand or similar inserted item per burial spot or 2 per headstone.
  • Any NEW ground plantings - these are not allowed (exceptions are the few which have been allowed for many years and are allowed by our discretion, but we retain the right we have to discontinue at anytime)
  • Any grandfathered ground plantings not kept weeded and grass free
  • Anything in approved stands which hang down and could interfere with mowers or trimmers.
  • Any artificial items that demonstrate deterioration due to poor construction and/or the elements ( as evidenced by parts or pieces scattered on the grounds)
  • And in general ANYTHING else that impedes or complicates mowing or trimming or cemetery maintenance!

 

The Pine Island Cemetery