Palmyra Township, Portage County Ohio
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Thursday, 26 July 2007 10:25
WHEREAS, the Board of Palmyra Township Trustees feel that it is necessary to formulate a policy to ensure the proper maintenance of neat, clean, uncluttered burial grounds in the Palmyra Cemeteries; therefore, be it RESOLVED, by said Board, that the following "Rules and Regulations" for Palmyra Cemeteries be and they are hereby adopted; and be it further RESOLVED, that these "Rules and Regulations" may periodically be amended.


    1. Lots may be purchased by a head of a family through the Cemetery Sexton, Fiscal Officer or any Palmyra Township Trustee. Lots may be purchased individually or a maximum of four lots. Upon payment in full for the price of lot, a deed will be prepared and recorded by the Fiscal Officer of the Palmyra Township Board of Trustees. A copy of such deed will be forwarded to the purchaser by the Fiscal Officer. Fees for cemetery lots and services are set annually in the month of January by the Palmyra Township Board of Trustees and can be amended as necessary. Separate fees apply to township residents and non-township residents.

      Verification of residency will be required if unknown by township official selling the lot. Acceptable forms would be a valid drivers license, current voter registration card, real estate tax bill, utility bill.

    2. Owners of cemetery lots acquire the right of burial only, and are subject to the Rules and Regulations contained herein or that might be made in the future by the Palmyra Township Board of Trustees. Unused lots may be used by heirs of the purchaser with the purchaser's written, notarized permission if still living, or by agreement of all surviving heirs with their written, notarized permission. Lots cannot be transferred to a non-heir. Unused lots may be returned to the township for resale. Any refund of original purchase price will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

      If purchaser transfers all lots to either heirs or back to the township, he/she will be ineligible to purchase any additional lots.

    3. No grave may be opened until the purchase price is paid or arrangements for payment are made with the Palmyra Township Board of Trustees.

    1. No monument/headstone may be erected unless the purchase price of the lot is paid in full.

    2. Wood crosses and/or temporary grave markers will be removed after one year.

    3. It is recommended that monument/headstone footers not be poured until one year after burial. Only Palmyra Township Cemetery workers are permitted to install monument/headstone footers.

    4. Any person defacing a monument/headstone shall be prosecuted in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio.

    1. Flowers may be planted at the head of the grave site only. Wreaths and decorations also are to be placed at the head of the grave site. None may extend 12" beyond the monument/headstone. Monument /headstone saddles are permitted.

    2. Planting of trees, shrubbery or bushes must have prior approval of the Palmyra Township Board of Trustees.

    3. Approved plantings become the sole responsibility of the lot owner and the Cemetery Sexton or Palmyra Township Board of Trustees reserve the right to remove any and all decorations or plantings not properly cared for or that they deem unsightly or detrimental to adjacent lots, headstones, paths, or drives.

    4. Lot enclosures of any kind are prohibited (fences, stones, rocks, landscape timbers).

    5. Glass, stone or marble chips, glass containers, wire or steel pins, and loose landscape materials of any kind are prohibited.

    6. Improvements of lots by private parties shall be done at the consent of the Palmyra Township Board of Trustees or Cemetery Sexton.

    7. All summer flowers, wreaths, or decorations must be removed by October 1st. All winter decorations or wreaths must be removed by April 1st.

    1. Visitors are permitted in the cemetery from dawn to dusk.

    2. Alcoholic beverages and weapons are prohibited.

    3. Firearms are permitted in the cemetery when being used in conjunction with military funerals or Memorial Day services.

    4. No private person(s) shall bury cremation remains or spread cremation remains over any part of the cemetery. This act is criminal and will be prosecuted in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio. Cemetery Sexton must perform all burials of cremation remains which must be in a sturdy container.

    5. All burials shall be made using an approved metal or concrete vault.

    6. Children must be accompanied by their parent or other person responsible for their conduct.

    7. Dogs, horses or other animals are not permitted in the cemetery at any time.

    8. Unlicensed or recreational type vehicles are not permitted in the cemetery.

    9. Licensed motor vehicles shall be operated and parked on driveways only - except cemetery equipment necessary for operation of the cemetery.

    10. Burial of animals or pets of any kind is prohibited.

    11. The Palmyra Township Board of Trustees and cemetery employees have charge of cemetery grounds, buildings, equipment, and at all times have supervision and control of all persons in the Cemetery, including the conduct of funerals, traffic, plot owners and visitors.

    12. The Palmyra Township Board of Trustees and cemetery employees have the power to enforce all Rules and Regulations and to exclude from the property any person or persons violating same.

    13. The Palmyra Township Board of Trustees and cemetery employees are not liable for any items placed on any grave site or left at the cemetery by the owner or other persons.

Adopted this 1st day of May, 2007 by the Palmyra Township Board of Trustees, Portage County, Ohio.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2007 21:44

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Palmyra Township Trustees
c/o Kathleen S. Cofojohn, Fiscal Officer
10100 Williams Rd
Diamond, OH  44412

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