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CROW WING TOWN BOARD

OAKLAND CEMETERY

RULES AND REGULATIONS

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TO THE OWNERS OF LOTS AND SITES    

 

The Crow Wing Town Board members observe with pleasure the growing desire on the part of the cemetery owners to preserve and increase the beauty of their lots and sites and in reply to numerous inquiries, submit the following general suggestions for the care and improvement of the cemetery.

 

The rules and regulations are under the jurisdiction of Crow Wing Township and may be changed at the Annual Meeting or at any specially called cemetery meetings.

 

PURCHASE OF LOTS AND SITES

 

1.             All permanent records for the Oakland Cemetery shall be maintained and recorded at the office

                of the Town Clerk, Brainerd, Minnesota.

 

2.             All sales for single graves shall be paid in advance of interment.  On the sale of multiple lots, the

                lot that shall be used for the first burial shall be paid in advance; the remaining lots shall be paid

                for within one year from the date of agreement.  Failure of payment shall be due cause for the

                remaining lots to revert to the cemetery.

 

3.             Upon the death of a lot owner, such lot shall, unless otherwise disposed of, descend as follows:

                H.F. No. 2421, as introduced - 81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)  52.36-53.15

(1) To the decedent's surviving spouse, a life estate with right of interment of the spouse therein, and remainder over to the person who would be entitled to the fee if there were no spouse, provided, however, if no person entitled to the remainder of the fee survives, then the entire fee to the surviving spouse with right of interment therein; (2) If there is no surviving spouse, then to the decedent's eldest surviving child; (3) If there is no surviving child, then to the decedent's youngest surviving sibling; (4) If there is no surviving spouse, child or sibling of the decedent, then, if not sold during administration of decedent's estate, to the cemetery association or private cemetery in trust as a burial lot for the decedent and such of the decedent's relatives as the governing body thereof shall deem proper.

                                 

PERPETUAL CARE

 

1.             To secure general good effect in the cemetery, it is essential that every lot shall be well care for, as

                a single neglected lot mars the beauty of the area.  It is a duty which every lot owner owes to the

                cemetery association, to every other lot owner and to himself and family to preserve from neglect

                the home of the dead.

 

2.             Perpetual care includes cutting grass, removing all dead debris from the lot May 1st to September  1st of each year and the keeping of all lots sold henceforth filled in at an established level.

 

3.             A fund has been established consisting of contributions, memorials and gifts.  The interest re-ceived from said monies shall constitute the yearly working capital for the maintenance of the cemetery. As of January 1, 1989, 20% of the money received from the sale of lots will continue to be put into the perpetual care fund.  All other contributions, memorials and gifts will go into the maintenance fund unless specified for perpetual care.

 

4.             Glass cases, shells, toys and similar articles on graves or lots are objectionable in that they are

                Inconsistent with the proper keeping of said lots and are prohibited and the Town Board reserves

                The right to remove such articles.

 

CROW WING TOWN BOARD

OAKLAND CEMETERY

RULES AND REGULATIONS

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5.             No trees or shrubs or special plantings will be allowed without the consent of the Town Board.

 

6.             The Town Board shall have the right to remove any tree, shrub or structure on any lot which has or  shall become by reason of age or other causes unsightly or detrimental to the lot upon which it is situated or any adjoining lot or avenue and, if by reason of absence or negligence of the lot owner, any plant or structure thereon becomes unsightly, hazardous or otherwise detrimental, the Town Board shall have the right to put the same in a safe and proper condition and for such work the cemetery may make a reasonable charge against said lot owner.

 

7.             Memorials and artificial flowers may only be placed after May 15th and must be removed before September 15th.

 

 

INTERMENTS

 

1.             All interments or disinterment shall be made by a qualified gravedigger, working under the               jurisdiction of a cemetery official.

 

2.             No interments or disinterment shall be made without the necessary burial permit or permission of

                the County Health Officer, except when the disinterment-reinterment is made within the cemetery.

 

3.             Removal of obstacles to interment on the surface, such as monuments, markers, trees, shrubs, etc.                or sub-surface obstacles such as previous interments or rocks, shall be made on agreement with the         lot owner and the cemetery.

 

4.             All full burials for adults and children shall be not less than five to six feet deep, with a minimum   covering of 18 to 20 inches of dirt.  A cremation burial will be allowed on top of a full burial site.           A full burial will not be allowed on top of a cremation burial.

 

5.             No interment of any body other than that of a human being will be permitted in the cemetery.

 

6.             No interment of two or more bodies in one full burial site will be allowed, unless said bodies lay       side by side; except in the case of a mother and infant or two children buried in one casket.

 

7.             All interments of caskets for either adult or children will be made into either steel or solid concrete outer receptacles only.  Wooden or fiberglass outer containers shall not be allowed.

 

8.             No interment of any body, other than that of the immediate owner, heir or immediate relative shall               be made on any lot, except by consent of the Town Board.  This consent may be requested by a lot   owner by a written statement to the Town Board stating the reason for such burial and what                remuneration, if any, has been promised or received for the privilege of so burying.

 

DEEDS

 

A deed shall be issued at no cost for any lot sold by the Town Board.  There will be a fee of $20 for each additional transfer of lot ownership.

 

SINGLE GRAVES

 

Should any single grave be vacated and the body removed from the cemetery, the ground shall revert to Crow Wing Township.

 

 

 

CROW WING TOWN BOARD

OAKLAND CEMETERY

RULES AND REGULATIONS

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MONUMENTS, MARKERS, URNS

 

1.             In order to facilitate lawn mowing, all markers shall be placed on a base of concrete which is level                 with the ground and shall extend a minimum of four inches around the marker.  Check with the          actuary on all matters pertaining to any improvements or changes.

 

2.             Markers shall be set on the central longitudinal line of the lot or site, at either the head or foot of

                the grave, depending upon the location of the grave in relation to the nearest road.  Only one          upright marker will be allowed per site.

 

3.             The Town Board will not assume nor be liable for any lost, stolen, misplaced, broken or damaged markers, urns or decorations on any gravesite or lot.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

1.             All complaints should be filed in writing with the Crow Wing Town Board.

 

2.             Picking flowers, wild or cultivated, breaking or injuring any tree, plant or shrub or in any way           injuring any existing monument headstone, marker or any structure or property with the cemetery           is prohibited and will, under state law, subject the offender to a severe penalty.

 

3.             There are two general rules to be observed by everyone;

                A.  Do not meddle with anything in the cemetery which does not belong to you.

                B.  Do not give order or make complaints to the workmen or associated personnel.  Submit your

                     complaint to board members.

 

It is the aim of the Town Board to make Oakland Cemetery a quiet, beautiful resting place for the dead, where turf and varied foliage of trees and shrubbery shall give a sense of repose.  To this end, the Town Board has adopted the foregoing rules and regulations to secure peace and order within the cemetery and to preserve the beauty of the grounds. 

 

Revised December 12, 2006

 

Current Town Board Officers

 

Clerk & Cemetery  Contact:      Virginia Rogers, 7713 Wetherbee Rd, Brainerd, MN  56401   218/822-3985

Supervisors:          Mark Platta          218/828-6244

                                Dave Schultz        218/829-0781

                                Greg Smith            218/828-1875

Treasurer:              Susan Goodew     218/829-1966

 

Definitions:           Lot          A numbered gravesite (16’ x 16’) for more than one burial

                                Site         A single burial place (4’ x 8’) identified as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H

                                                of a certain lot and block or a cremation site identified as CM

 

                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO CREMATIONS

 

1.             For burial of cremation remains, a burial permit is required and must be registered with the               Township Clerk.

 

2.             The grave must be dug large enough to accommodate the container and to ensure the top of the                   container is at least 18” below ground level.

 

3.             There can be two cremation burials per site and one burial permitted on top of an existing grave.

 

4.             There will be a $75 charge for the second burial on an already purchased site.

 

5.             It is up to the cemetery board to determine who does the digging of the gravesites and the opening                 charge will be set by that person.

 

6.             A portion of our cemetery will be set aside for cremation burials.  This is just an option.  It is not     mandatory that cremation burials be there.

 

7.             No above ground urns will be allowed.

 

8.             All graves must have a marker put on them.

 

 

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