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Flowers and Remembrances Regulations

1.  General

1.1  It is the intention of the Eden Prairie Cemetery to allow friends and families to adorn graves with flowers and remembrances. 

1.2  These regulations are established to create uniformity and allow for the proper maintenance of the Cemetery Grounds.

 

2.  Placement 

2.1  Each grave is allowed one posted potholder.

2.2  The placement will be at the center of the grave (21inches from each grave edge) and on the line marking the grave and the aisle. 

2.3  The potholder and all remembrances will be a minimum of 2 ft. above the ground.

2.4  No remembrances of any nature will be allowed on the grounds around any grave.  This is to include loose flowers, potted plants, decorations, figurines, flags or night lights.

 

3.  Flower Types and Remembrances

3.1 Natural and Artificial flowers will be allowed from April 15th through October 1st.

3.2Artificial flowers will be allowed from October 1st through April 1st

 

4.  Items Not Permitted 

4.1 The planting of flowers, plants or trees is not permitted.

4.2Hanging baskets, bird feeders and bird houses are not permitted.

 

5.  Exception 

5.1  During the time from one week prior to Memorial Day until 1 week after, there are no restrictions as to the number of flowers or remembrances allowed at each grave.

5. It is expected that the family/friends of the deceased will remove all of these exception items by the end of the specified time period.  Any items remaining after these time periods will be removed in the course of regular maintenance.

 

6.  Maintenance 

6.1  Spring Clean Up of the cemetery will be around April 1st.

6.2  Natural flowers that have died may be removed at any time.

6.3  Artificial flowers and remembrances that become damaged or faded may be removed at any time.

 

Marking of Graves Rules and Regulations

 1.1  It is the intention of the Eden Prairie Cemetery to require all graves to be marked with a Grave Marker or Monument within one year after the first burial.  Requests for time extensions may be made to the Cemetery Board.

 1.2  If a Grave Marker is placed, it will have the Name and Personal Information of the individual(s) buried there.  If a Monument is placed in conjunction with a Grave Marker, the Monument may be allowed to have the surname engraved and/or may be allowed to have the personal information of the individual(s) buried there.

 1.3  If a Monument is placed, it will be allowed to have the Name and Personal Information of the individual(s) buried there. But if the Monument has the Name and Personal Information inscribed on it, a Grave Marker will not be allowed to be placed.

 

2Grave Markers 

2.1 Definition – A flat stone inscribed with the name of the deceased and any other pertinent information, set at grade level.

 2.2  Sizes and Placements 

  2.2.1   On all single graves only one marker shall be placed but can be inscribed with more than one name and dates.  This grave marker is to be center on the designated grave and place in the walkway for that grave. 

2.2.2    Grave markers on single graves shall be limited to two sizes:

 All graves with a single burial, either full burial or cremation will be allowed a grave marker with a maximum size of 24” x 12” x 4”.

 All graves with multiple burials, either full burial with a cremation burial or one, two or three cremation burials will be allowed a grave marker with a maximum size of 30” x 12” x 4”.

2.2.3 Owners of adjoining graves will be allowed the use of a double grave marker, designating both graves.  These double markers will be center on the dividing line between the two graves and place in the walkway for these graves.  Double grave markers will have a maximum size of 40” x 12” x 4”.

 

2.2.The setting of all markers shall be in the place and position determined by the Cemetery Board.  The top edge of all grave markers will be on the edge of the grave(s) where it meets the walkway.

 

2.2.The Cemetery, will at its own expense, without any liability, correct any error made by any of its employees in placing or determining the location of the foundation for any marker.

 

2.3  Materials and Quality 

2.3.1   All grave markers shall be constructed of first grade sound Granite or Bronze.  No artificial or other materials are permitted. 

2.3.2   All granite grave markers must have square sawed bottoms and be fabricated from sawed stone blocks.  The top surface of all markers must be smooth finished.  The ends and side of granite markers may be straight cut, rock-pitched or rustic. 

2.3.3   Bronze grave markers must be at least 3/16" in thickness and attached to a solid base of granite or concrete a minimum of 4” thick.

2.3.4   All grave markers may be allowed to have an unadorned mowing border of approved materials with a size of not more than 4” wide around the entire marker.  The unadorned mowing border will have no effect on the placement of the grave marker.

2.3.5   All grave markers must be of the flat or surface type, set even or flush with the surface of the ground.  No marker will be permitted set above the surface of the ground.

2.3.6   The U.S. Government furnishes grave markers for armed service veterans.  The Cemetery Board will allow either the 2' x 1' bronze marker or the granite marker.  The upright markers or the marble markers are not permitted.

2.3.7   Producers of grave markers must agree to sell only first grade materials.  Grave markers must be free of defects and stains and that it will not check or crack.  The producers agree, in writing, that should faults develop within five years from the date of setting; the grave marker will be replaced without cost to the Cemetery, or the lot owner.

 

2.4   Adornments 

2.4.1    It is suggested that if, in doubt, the Lot Owners or Vendors should consult the Cemetery Board before orders are placed in order to comply with the rules governing grave markers.

2.4.2    No surface type markers will be permitted in which a flower vase is an integral part of the marker.

2.4.3    All outside top edges must be lined or slightly beveled to prevent chipping.  Pencil rounded edges are acceptable.

2.4.4    All lettering shall be carefully spaced and accurately set in line, both vertically and horizontally and must be uniform in width and height.  All incised lettering and engraving must be at least 3/16" in depth. Raised letters are permitted on bronze markers only.

2.4.5    The coloring, painting, enameling, lacquering, or bronzing of letters or other parts of stones or bronze work is not allowed. 

2.4.6    No photograph or reproduction of a photograph may be affixed to any marker.

 

2.5  Installation, Delivery and Maintenance

2.5.1    An installation fee based upon actual labor and material costs reasonably related to the Cemetery's costs of preparing and setting will be charged by the Cemetery whenever the work is to be performed by the Cemetery. 

2.5.2    A service and inspection fee based upon actual labor costs reasonably related to the Cemetery's cost of performing such service and inspection will be charged whenever the grave marker is to be installed by a Lot Owner or Independent Contractor. All fees are required to be paid before any installation can be performed.

2.5.3    All deliveries of grave markers must be accompanied by a delivery slip.  The name that is on the grave marker, the lot, section, and grave number, the size and type of material and date of delivery must be shown.

2.5.4    The Cemetery Board reserves the exclusive right to reject all grave markers which do not conform to the Rules and Regulations in sections in which they are placed.  Grave markers of inferior quality, design, material, or workmanship will be rejected.

2.5.5    The Cemetery Board reserves the right to remove or repair any grave marker of any type subsequent to installation, that in its judgment, proves to be faulty or of inferior quality, design, material, workmanship or is inappropriate, unsightly, dilapidated or a menace to visitors or employees.  Any repair or removal expense, unless otherwise provided, will be the responsibility of the lot Owner.

2.5.6    The cleaning, lettering, engraving, or repair of gave markers by any person or concern may be done only with the consent of the Lot Owner and with the approval of the Cemetery Board.  All damage to the lot or any part of the cemetery resulting from this work will be repaired by the Cemetery at the expense of such Lot Owner, person, concern, or other performing such work or his principal.

 

3.   Monuments

3.1 Definition – A vertical stone inscribed with the name of the deceased or family name and any other pertinent information.  Each monument will consist of three part; the foundation, the base and the tablet.  The foundation is a concrete base set below the level of the ground used to support the base and tablet.  The base is the part of the monument that sets on the foundation and supports the tablet.  The tablet is the upright portion of the monument above the base.

 

3.2  Sizes and Placements

3.2.1 Monuments will be standardized into three sizes.  They will be:

 

Single Monument, which will be allowed for use on a single grave.  The maximum size of this monuments is as follows:

 

A base will be 34 inches in length, 12 inches in width, and 6 inches in height.

 

A table will be 24 inches in length, 6 inches in width, and 30 inches in height.

 

Double Monument, which will be allowed for use when grave owners own two adjoining graves on either the top or bottom of a lot.  The maximum size of this monument is as follows:

 

A base will be 40 inches in length, 14 inches in width, and 8 inches in height.

 

A table will be 30 inches in length, 8 inches in width, and 40 inches in height.

 

Quad Monument, which will be allowed for use when grave owners own four adjoining graves on either the top or bottom of a lot.  The maximum size of this monument is as follows:

 

A base will be 46 inches in length, 16 inches in width, and

10 inches in height .

 

A table will be 36 inches in length, 10 inches in width, and

50 inches in height.

 

3.2.2    No monument will be set until at least one of the graves associated with that monument is in use.  Requests for exceptions can be submitted to the Cemetery Board.

3.2.3   Before any monument may be erected in the cemetery, there shall be furnished to the Cemetery Board, a completed plan with the sketch and specification for their approval.  Such sketch should be drawn in ink and to scale showing both front and side views.  The plan shall show the material, sizes, finish, lettering, and engraving in detail.

3.2.4   Foundations for all monuments shall be located in the place and position determined by the Cemetery Board.  All requests for the foundations and setting of a monument must be submitted in writing by the Lot Owner to the Cemetery Board. 

3.2.5    The Cemetery Board, will at its own expense, without any liability correct any error made by any of its employees in placing or determining the location of the foundation for any memorial.

 

3.3  Materials and Quality

3.3.1   The front and rear faces of a monument must be smooth finished.  The sides of the tablet may be smooth, rock-pitched or rustic finished.  The four sides of the base will be rock-pitched or rustic finished.

3.3.2   All monuments shall be constructed only of first grade natural stone of granite or marble.  No memorial made of made artificial materials, or of soft natural stone, or that shows drill marks, cracks, or other faults will be permitted.  In all cases, workmanship should also be of first grade quality.

3.3.3    Unadorned mowing boarders of approved materials of 2 inches are allowed on monuments with the approval of the Cemetery Board.

3.3.4   When marble is used it must be certified for permanence and such certification must be endorsed by the Quarries and the manufacturers stating that such marble will not spall, check, crack, or deteriorate from nature.

3.3.5 The bottom bed of all memorial bases must be cut level and true so that all parts of the bottom base contacts the foundation for the monument.  The use of shims, underpinning of any sort between the base and the foundation or the removal of any part of the foundation to accommodate irregularities of the base is prohibited.

3.3.6   All lettering of shall be carefully spaced and accurately set in line.  All incised lettering must project from the surface at least 3/16 inch.  The coloring painting, enameling, lacquering, or bronzing of letters or other parts of stone or bronze work requires the special approval of the Cemetery Board.

3.3.7. All monuments must have a concrete foundation at least four and one-half (4 ½)in. in depth beneath them and must be made at least as large as the bottom base and up to 2 inches larger than the bottom base.  Reinforcing bars will be required when deemed necessary.

3.3.8 Depending on whether the foundation and installation is to be done by  a Lot Owner, or a third party will determine either a Foundation and Setting fee or a Service and Inspection fee shall be charged by the Cemetery Board.  All such fees shall be based upon actual costs reasonably to the Cemetery Board's actual cost of the services and mater provided.  All fees are payable in advance before any work is performed.

 

3.4  Adornments

3.4.1    No name or inscription may be carved on the back side of a monument unless the adjoining lot belongs to the owner of the lot on which the monument is to be placed or there is an agreement, in writing, with the owner(s) of the adjoining graves.

2.4.2    No monument shall incorporate the use of photographs or reproductions of a photograph nor will cut flower vases be allowed as an integral part of the memorial.

 

3.5  Installation and Maintenance

3.5.1    The Cemetery Board reserves the right to refuse any dealer, contractor, or agent the right of providing services in the cemetery based upon the Cemetery Board's good faith determination that there is a reasonable basis for such refusal including but not limited to such person's lack of expertise, poor quality of workmanship, lack of financial strength, or failure to comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Cemetery Board.

3.5.2    Persons engaged in erecting any monument are prohibited from attaching ropes or cables to other monuments or to trees and shrubs.  The scattering of material over adjoining lot blocking roads or paths is also prohibited.  They must do as little injury to grass, trees, or shrubs as possible.  Any damage done by a dealer, contractor, or their agents will be repaired by the Cemetery Board and the cost of such repair shall be charged to such dealer, contractor, his agent or his principal.

3.5.3    Persons engaged in building a foundation or erecting any monument are prohibited in performing such work during the time a funeral service is scheduled.

3.5.4    The cleaning, lettering, engraving or repair of monuments, by any person or concern other than the Cemetery Board may be done only with the written consent of the Lot Owner and with the approval of the Cemetery Board.  When deemed necessary however, and in accordance with these Rules and Regulations, the Cemetery Board may order the work to be performed by its own violation.  All expenses pertaining to such work, unless otherwise provided, are the responsibility of the Lot Owner.  All damage to the lot or any part of the cemetery resulting from this work will be repaired by the Cemetery Board at the expense of such Lot Owner, person, concern, or other performing such work or his principal.

3.5.5    The Cemetery Board reserves the exclusive right to reject all monuments which do not conform to the Rules and Regulations.  The Cemetery Board also reserves the right to remove any monument that in its’ judgment, proves to be faulty or of inferior quality, design, material, workmanship, or is inappropriate.

3.5.6    The Cemetery Board will not be responsible for damage to or loss of monuments caused by the elements, thieves, vandals or other causes beyond its reasonable control.

3.5.7    No monument or any portion thereof may be removed from the lot or cemetery except by written consent of the Lot Owner and with the approval of the Cemetery Board or unless a monument is ordered removed by the Cemetery Board in accordance with these Rules and Regulations.  

3.5.8   Dealer's or manufacturer's cards or advertising shall not be cut, marked, or attached on any structure or other memorial within the cemetery.  This rule does not include copyright notices, but such notices must be small and must be engraved inconspicuously.

3.5.9    Should any monument become unsightly, dilapidated or a menace to visitors or employees, the Cemetery Board shall have the right to repair or remove same.  Any repair or removal expense, unless otherwise provided, will be the responsibility of the Lot Owner.