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Posted on: March 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Alexander and Evans Cemeteries Spring Cleanup


Anyone wishing to keep holiday decorations placed on a cemetery lot at Evans or Alexander Cemeteries must remove them or any keepsake mementoes between now and Friday, April 10, 2020.

All decorations will be removed by the Sexton and dispose of after April 10, 2020. This will include all decorations in vases by stones. Public Works will be tidying up the cemeteries before opening day on Wednesday April 15, 2020. New items may be placed on the lot starting Wednesday, April 15th.  Below is more information you will want to know.


The cemeteries will be open to visitors at sunrise and will be closed at sunset.  Visitors will not be allowed upon the grounds during the hours of darkness except by special permission of the Cemetery Sexton. Cemetery roadways are not snowplowed.  No horses, dogs or other pets are allowed on the cemetery grounds unless they are part of a ceremony. No persons shall gather flowers, either wild or cultivated, on the premises or remove, cut, break or mark any tree, shrub or plant other than as part of maintenance; or mark upon, deface or injure any monument or any other structure on the Cemetery grounds.


Shrubs may only be planted on any gravesite if the species of plant and the precise location has been approved by the Cemetery Sexton.  Trees may not be planted on gravesites, but may be planted on the cemetery grounds approved by the Cemetery Sexton.  Small memorial signs may be emplaced with any such tree. Annual flowers may only be planted within one foot of the memorial headstone and footstone. Perennial flowers planted without the approval of the Cemetery Sexton will be removed if considered unsightly when not in bloom. If any plant becomes detrimental to a plot, grave or to the cemetery grounds because of branches, roots or otherwise is dangerous, the Cemetery Sexton shall have both the duty and the right to remove any and all parts thereof.  Loose items, dead plants or flowers or any other item considered being unsightly or hazardous to mowers and trimmers will be removed during routine maintenance by the Cemetery Sexton or his designee.  No fence shall be placed around the perimeter of any plot.  Perimeter markers shall be flush with the earth so that a mower can clear them without adjustment.


Cut flowers shall be in containers at least eight inches high and be placed only within one foot of the memorial headstone or directly on a footstone.  The placing of artificial flowers, signs or glass containers on graves is not permitted.  Plants must be watered and maintained in a fresh state by those who placed them. All work done in the cemetery by plot owners, their aides or employees will be subject to supervision by the Cemetery Sexton. Memorial items, such as small statuettes, coins, toys, small stones or other keepsakes may be placed on top of a headstone or monument or within stone, plastic or concrete pots or planters.  These must be emplaced within the same restricted area as cut flowers.  Small stones placed in observance of religious custom may be placed on top of a memorial headstone.  Perpetual flame holders or plants on wire hangers must be anchored at the base of the monument. All rubbish and waste resulting from plot owners maintenance or decorations will be removed by owners. If, as the result of work done, the good appearance of the cemetery is adversely affected in the opinion of the Cemetery Sexton or the Cemetery Trustees, the Sexton may put such plots in order at the expense of the owners. The Cemetery Sexton shall have the authority to prune or remove any vegetation that is encroaching upon an adjacent site and to bill the cost of such work to the current owner of the encroaching site.  The placing of small flags or other veteran markers on graves is allowed, with the understanding that the groundskeepers have the right to remove them at a later date, if necessary. Christmas wreaths and other wintertime decorations may only be placed on or immediately in front of the memorial headstone or footstone.  All such wintertime decorations will be removed by the Cemetery Section on or after April 10th of each year. Flowers placed on a grave during the burial service shall be removed after one week, except for flowers at least eight inches high in containers placed only within one foot of the memorial headstone or directly on a footstone. Flowers not removed after one week shall be removed by the Cemetery Sexton and/or the grounds keeping staff.

Thank you for your cooperation with us to have our cemeteries to look beautiful and be a restful place for your loved one.

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