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Rules & Regulations

Grove Place Cemetery Association

Rules and Regulations Westside Cemetery

As Amended February 3, 2009

All lots in Westside Cemetery are sold in accordance with the provisions of the New York State Cemetery Law and the Rules and Regulations of the Grove Place Cemetery Association.

Interments in a lot are restricted to those entitled to burial therein according to the terms of Section 84 of the Membership Corporation Law. Permission for burial of those not entitled to burial according to said sections, must be filed with the Grove Place Cemetery Association by lot owner(s).

The full purchase price of a lot must be assured before a deed will be issued or a burial allowed in a lot.

No interment shall be allowed without an interment permit from the proper authorities.

Except as provided for in ·section 85 of the Membership Corporation Law, no lot owner may transfer his or her lot.

Lot owners are prohibited from allowing interments to be made in their lots for compensation.

Concrete vaults or concrete liners (grave) will be required for all interments in all graves on or after January 1, 1985. Directive 202.6. Interment of cremated remains will be permitted only in appropriate ridged receptacles such as plastic, metal or concrete. There shall be no more than 3 urns to each grave site. The undertaker is responsible for remains in each receptacle.

All monuments or markers must be constructed of granite or bronze. Grave identification is the responsibility of the lot owner.

Extra charges will be incurred on Sunday or Holiday interments.

All work performed in the Cemetery shall be done by Cemetery employees or under the control of the Grove Place Cemetery Association. All foundations must be constructed by or under the direction of the Grove Place Cemetery Association.

No monument will be allowed to be delivered at the Cemetery until the foundation is installed and ready to receive the monument. No vault or Mausoleum shall be built above ground without the permission of the Cemetery Association and then only in such locations as they may approve. No Vault or Mausoleum will be approved for construction by the Cemetery Association unless sufficient endowment is set up to provide adequate income to maintain the structure.

Cemetery will buy back unused lots, however, purchase price will not exceed cost of lot when purchased from Cemetery Association.

The planting of trees or shrubs of any kind is prohibited.

Live flowers or wreaths may be placed on a gravesite to commemorate a special day or holiday. All decorations of this type must be removed within two weeks following the holiday or special occasion. If left beyond that date, they will be removed by cemetery maintenance crews.

Artificial flowers, balloons, hanging baskets, plants or shrubs and/or personal objects are prohibited and may not be placed on graves and/or monuments. The Cemetery Association reserves the right to remove such items.

No fence or enclosure is allowed around any lot and graves must be level. Flowers may be planted in front of a monument but not to exceed eighteen (18) inches outward from the base of the stone. Owners are required to maintain the flower bed. The Cemetery Association reserves the right to remove all flowers from lots as soon as they become overgrown or unsightly.

The planting of flowers on the back of monuments is prohibited by the Grove Place Cemetery Association.

All persons are forbidden to remove or pick flowers (except the owners thereof) from these grounds, building, equipment, monuments or improvements thereon, and it shall be the duty of the President or Secretary of the Association to cause any offender in this respect to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

The transporting within Westside Cemetery or the use of any type of riding mowing within the Cemetery is prohibited.

All Persons shall be allowed access to the Cemetery daily between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. (daylight hours.). Closed during January and February or whenever weather conditions warrant. The propriety due the Cemetery and the Rules and Regulations that are in effect must be observed.

These Rules and Regulations may be amended by the Trustees of said Grove Place Cemetery Association, but no such amendments shall be effective until approved by the New York State Cemetery Board.

The maximum height of a monument is limited to four feet (48") above the foundation and the maximum length of three feet (36"). Veterans section is limited to flat military monuments.

The burial of animals in this cemetery is prohibited. Ref: 1502 cemetery law and rules of procedure of the State Cemetery Board, May 1987. The term Interment means disposition of human remains by inurnment, entombment or ground burial.

The President of the Association or in his /her absence or unavailability, the Vice President shall have the authority to prohibit burials, interments or entombments for a reasonable period of time. If in the sole opinion of such officer such activity would result in harm or damage to the property of the Association.

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