GI Cemetery rules & regulations (Full Version)

Accepted July 31, 2013; revised & accepted October 8, 2019
Flag section revision accepted October 8, 2019

These rules and regulations have been formulated after due consideration of the statutes of the State of Vermont pertaining the operation of cemeteries, and regulations in force in other cemeteries in the state. It is the desire of the commissioners that the cemeteries be conducted in the interests of the lot owners as a whole. The cemetery commissioners are charged by the Town of Grand Isle.
(18 V.S.A. §5305, §5373) 

All lots in the Route 2 Cemetery shall be sold at the direction of the Cemetery Commission. The Hoag/Allen and Quaker Cemeteries are closed to burials.

One (1) regular burial and one (1) cremation burial or four (4) maximum cremation burials in each single lot is permitted. Additional cremation burials may be considered at the discretion of the Cemetery Commissioners.

Four cornerstones to show the perimeter of the lost shall be purchased from the Cemetery Commission when lots are sold. The Cemetery Commission will be responsible for the placement of the cornerstones.

No lot shall be assigned for burial unless payment has been made in full.

Lot sales include perpetual, routine care.

Proprietors shall not allow interments to be made in their lots for remuneration. Any transfer or assignment of the use of any lot, or of any interest therein, will not be valid without the consent in writing for all parties interested in such lot, including the commissioners. Any transfer shall be recorded by the Town Clerk.

Lots that will not be used may be sold back or donated to the Town of Grand Isle. If the cost is not known, The Cemetery Commission shall set a fair price.

The current cost of lots is attached and may be revised when deemed necessary by the commissioners.

No burials shall take place without proper notification of a Cemetery Commissioner and the completion of the death certificate, burial transit permit and certificate of permission.
(18 V.S.A. §5201, §5207, §5210, §5214)
All burials shall be vault or cremation burials unless otherwise approved by the Cemetery Commissioners and shall meet standards specified in Vermont Statutes. Full burials shall utilize a vault or cement grave liner.
(18 V.S.A. § 5319a)

A Cemetery Commissioner will meet with an appropriate representative at the cemetery to locate the lot for burial and mark the grave location.

The cemetery is closed December 1 to April 30. No burials shall take place in the winter. Exceptions may be made at the discretion or the Cemetery Commission. The vault is available for storage during the winter months.

All contractors and/or businesses working in any Grand Isle cemetery must carry current insurance.

Any damage done to any driveways, lawn areas and other cemetery property by any contractors, group or individuals shall be repaired by the contractor, group or individual at the expense of the contractor, group or individual.

Any memorial contractor must have prior permission from the Commission before commencing any activity. No monument can be erected without prior approval of the Cemetery Commission.

No foundations will be dug without the approval of a Cemetery Commissioner. Evidence of compliance to the requirements may be provided by pictorial evidence or by a Cemetery Commissioner.

All excavated material from monuments and excess material from all burials shall be added to a pile designated by the Cemetery Commission.

All monuments must be at the head of the lot unless they are flush with the ground. All monuments will be lined up with the rest in that row and will be set with an appropriate foundation based on the size of the monument, or on bedrock. All monuments shall fit within the footprint of the lot.

All cremation urns shall be marked with a metal peg over the urn box.

Small American flags in standards will be provided by the Cemetery Commission for Veterans’ graves. Other flags must be approved by the Cemetery Commission.

No trees or shrubs (including rose bushes) shall be planted in the cemetery.

All plantings must be contained within the boundaries of the lot and must be maintained by the lot owner.

Any plantings that infringe upon the boundaries of any adjacent lots must be trimmed back or removed by lot owners. When planting are not maintained by lot owners, Cemetery personnel and/or their representatives may trim or remove plantings if necessary to prevent damage to property and monuments.

All flowers should be on the front side of the monument. The commission will not be liable for any flowers, vases, urns, or articles left at the grave site. Glass or pottery containers other than Eternal Lights are not acceptable and will be removed.

In winter, although the cemetery is not officially open,  family members may place holiday wreaths in front of monuments. Wreaths must be removed by April 1st, or when weather permits.

No enclosures of lots by fencing, hedges, curbing or stone, gravel, or wood chip aprons around memorials, corner markers or lots shall be allowed.

Coat Hangers or other wires in the ground or attached to memorials, used as pot holders or to support flowers or containers will not be allowed.

The cemetery commissioners or the designee’s are authorized to remove any item which my be deemed a safety hazard for maintenance workers.

Cemetery hours are from dawn to dusk.

Cemetery grounds are to be treated with dignity, Visitors are urged to respect person who may be visiting burial sites of loved ones. Boisterous behavior, picnics, parties, climbing on monuments, defacing monuments, removing grave items, cutting flowers, and other disrespectful acts are all prohibited. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

No recreational vehicles will be allowed in the cemeteries. Cars, Hearses, and maintenance vehicles are the only motorized vehicles allowed in the cemeteries.

No animals shall run at large within the cemetery. All animals shall be leashed. Owner’s must clean up after their animals.

Firearms are prohibited except for military funerals.

The Cemetery Commission shall in no way be held liable for injuries sustained by anyone while in the cemetery.