TUSCOLA COUNTY


DAYTON TOWNSHIP CEMETERIES POLICY

This policy shall cover all Dayton Township owned and operated cemeteries located within Dayton Township, Tuscola County, Michigan including but not limited to St. Agatha Cemetery, Dayton Center Cemetery, and West Dayton Cemetery.


DEFINITIONS OF CEMETERY LOTS AND BURIAL SPACES

  • A cemetery lot shall consist of burial spaces sufficient to accommodate from one (1) to eight (8) burial spaces.
  • An adult burial space shall consist of a minimum land area of (42) forty-two inches in width and (8) eight feel in length.


SALE OF LOTS OR BURIAL SPACES

  • All sales of cemetery lots or burial spaces shall be made on a form approved by the Dayton Township Board, which grants a right to burial only and does not convey any other title to the lot or burial space sold. Such form shall be executed by the Dayton Township Treasurer or designee.
  • Burial rights may only be transferred to those persons eligible to be original purchasers of cemetery lots or burial spaces within Dayton Township and may be effected only by endorsement of an assignment of such burial permit upon the original burial permit form issued by Dayton Township Treasurer, approved by said Treasurer, and entered upon the official records of said Treasurer. Upon such assignment, approval and record, said Treasurer shall issue a new burial permit to the assignee and shall cancel and terminate upon such records, the original permit thus assigned.
  • Lot owners shall not allow interments in their lots in return for remuneration of any kind.


PURCHASE PRICE

The Dayton Township Board by resolution may periodically set and adjust the fee for burial spaces to accommodate increased costs and needed reserves for cemetery maintenance and acquisition.


REPURCHASE OF LOTS OR BURIAL SPACES

Dayton Township will repurchase any cemetery lot or burial space from the owner for the original price paid the Township upon written request of said owner or his/her legal heirs or representatives.


GRAVE OPENING CHARGES

  • The opening and closing of any burial space, prior to and following a burial therein, and including the interment of ashes, shall be at a cost to be determined from time to time by resolution of the Dayton Township Board, payable to Dayton Township.
  • No burial spaces shall be opened and closed except under the direction and control of the cemetery sexton.  This provision shall not apply to proceedings for the removal and reinterment of bodies and remains, which matters are under the supervision of the local health department.


VAULT

All burials shall be within a standard concrete vault installed or constructed in each burial space before interment (per Dayton Township Resolution

dated May 6, 1996).


MARKERS OR MEMORIALS

  • All markers or memorials must be of stone or other equally durable composition.
  • Any monument must be located upon a suitable solid foundation, which extends at least (4) four inches beyond the marker and is flush with the ground.
  • Only (1) one monument, marker or memorial shall be permitted per burial space.
  • No more than (4) four markers per burial space for (4) four individual cremains or (1) marker for all cremains. Individual markers for cremains shall be flush with ground and shall be no more than (12) twelve inches by (24) twenty-four inches.
  • Should any monument or memorial become unsightly, dilapidated or a safety hazard, the Dayton Township Board shall have the right, at the expense of owner, to correct the condition or remove same.(continued)