City of Poplar Bluff, MO
Butler County
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Public Documents
[R.O. 2007 §9-1; Rev. Ords. 1951 §6.140; Ord. No. 4330 §1, 7-3-1978; Ord. No. 4592 §§1, 3, 6-1-1981]
A. 
There is hereby established the position of Cemetery Director of the City cemetery. The Cemetery Director shall be appointed by the City Manager. He/she shall serve at the pleasure of the City Manager. Said Cemetery Director shall have such duties as dictated by the City Manager and such duties as are consistent with the provisions of this Chapter.
B. 
Any person before opening or digging a grave within the City cemetery shall first obtain a permit therefor from the Cemetery Director.
[R.O. 2007 §9-2; Ord. No. 6443 §1, 11-19-2001]
A. 
There are hereby established the following prices and fees for grave spaces at the City cemetery and services rendered by the cemetery personnel.
1. 
All grave spaces in the cemeteries shall be ($300) per grave space.
[Ord. No. 7840 §§ 1, 2, 2-20-2018]
2. 
There shall be a charge of one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125.00) on weekdays for all burials in graves with burial containers three (3) feet long or under.
3. 
All human tissue shall be buried on a designated grave space. No more than four (4) such burials shall be made per grave space. There shall be a charge of thirty dollars ($30.00) per burial of human tissue and limbs.
4. 
There shall be a charge for services of two hundred dollars ($200.00) on weekdays for all burial in graves with burial containers over three (3) feet long.
5. 
There shall be an additional charge of forty dollars ($40.00) per hour for services rendered for burials after 4:00 P.M. weekdays and for Saturday, with a minimum charge of forty dollars ($40.00) on weekdays and sixty dollars ($60.00) on Saturday.
6. 
There shall be a charge of fifty dollars ($50.00) for installation of government markers on graves.
7. 
The opening of a grave for disinterment and reburial of a box or vault shall be done only by a licensed funeral home under the supervision of cemetery personnel. There shall be a charge of three hundred fifty dollars ($350.00) for the refilling of a grave where a box or vault has been removed.
8. 
No fencing of any kind or description shall be built or placed in or around any lot or lots in the cemeteries, except that fencing, concrete markers and upright monuments may be permitted, upon approval by the Cemetery Director, in the southeast quarter of the Linton section, the northeast quarter of the Linton section, Block 4 of Old City and in Felkins Annex to Old Ulrey. All copings on or around the lot shall be flush with the ground.
9. 
There shall be a charge of two hundred dollars ($200.00) on weekends for all burials in graves with containers three (3) feet or under.
10. 
There shall be a charge for services of three hundred dollars ($300.00) on weekends for all burials in graves with burial containers over three (3) feet long.
11. 
There shall be a charge of one hundred dollars ($100.00) for cremation services performed. There shall be a charge of one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125.00) plus two (2) hours pay for the working employee for any cremation performed on Saturday.
12. 
The Mayor may, at the request of a licensed funeral home, waive the payment of prices and fees for grave spaces at the City cemetery and services rendered by cemetery personnel with regard to burial of unclaimed bodies. Funeral homes requesting such a waiver must complete forms available from the office of the City Clerk indicating what steps have been taken to attempt to locate relatives of the deceased. Upon waiver of said fees, the City Clerk shall deliver to the cemetery sexton a permit indicating such waiver. After a waiver has been obtained, the funeral home must give the City cemetery department at least five (5) days' notice of the proposed date for burial.
[R.O. 2007 §9-3; Rev. Ords. 1951 §6.270]
All monies received from the sale of cemetery lots or other matters connected with the cemetery shall be paid into the City Treasury and the City Treasurer shall receipt for the same.
[R.O. 2007 §9-4; Rev. Ords. 1951 §6.210; Ord. No. 4592 §1, 6-1-1981]
No deed shall be executed and delivered and no interest shall be in any manner conveyed in any cemetery lot or part thereof, unless the sale of said lot or lots is immediately reported to the Cemetery Director and the price of said lot paid in full by the purchaser thereof.
[R.O. 2007 §9-5; Rev. Ords. 1951 §6.200; Ord. No. 4592 §3, 6-1-1981]
It shall be the duty of the Cemetery Director to execute and deliver sufficient deeds of conveyance of the lots in the City cemetery to any person who may purchase the same at the price or sum determined by this Chapter.
[R.O. 2007 §9-6; Rev. Ords. 1951 §6.200]
The Mayor may assign a place of burial to any poor person unable to pay for the same when necessity demands it, free of charge, in certain blocks set aside for that purpose.
[R.O. 2007 §9-7; Rev. Ords. 1951 §§6.220, 6.230; Ord. No. 4592 §1, 6-1-1981]
A. 
The Cemetery Director shall have and keep at all times a plat showing each and every lot in the City cemetery showing what lots are sold and to whom and what lots are unsold. It shall be the duty of the Cemetery Director to keep said plat up-to-date at all times.
B. 
The City Clerk shall have a plat similar to that provided for the Cemetery Director, which plat shall be, by the City Clerk, currently kept and marked according to the sale of lots as they are reported to him/her in order that said plat shall at all times show the person or persons to whom said lots have been sold.
[R.O. 2007 §9-8; Ord. No. 5667 §1, 9-20-1993]
In addition to other requirements imposed by this Chapter and except as stated otherwise, all bodies buried in the City and Woodlawn Cemeteries, shall be placed in a steel or concrete outside container. This requirement shall not apply to graves in the public sections of the cemetery set aside for paupers and unclaimed bodies. This requirement shall also not apply to graves for newborn or stillborn infants, provided that such body is placed in a non-wooden box or vault.
[R.O. 2007 §9-9; Rev. Ords. 1951 §§6.300, 22.060; Ord. No. 4592 §1, 6-1-1981]
Every person who shall dig any grave without the consent or authority of the Cemetery Director shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
[R.O. 2007 §9-10; Rev. Ords. 1951 §6.320]
All graves shall be dug sufficiently deep so that the top of the coffin or box shall be at least two and one-half (2½) feet below the surface of the ground.
[R.O. 2007 §9-13; Ord. No. 1845 §1, 12-16-1957; Ord. No. 4050 §2, 11-5-1973]
The use of all lots in the City cemeteries and their subdivisions is hereby restricted to the burial of the human dead and the said lots shall not be used for any other purpose.
[R.O. 2007 §9-14]
There shall be no burials on Sunday or on established legal holidays in the City cemeteries.
[R.O. 2007 §9-16; Ord. No. 4725 §2, 2-7-1983]
After reasonable notice to the owner thereof or other appropriate person, the Cemetery Director may remove such fences as the Cemetery Director determines to be in a deteriorated state, not maintained or presenting an unreasonable obstruction to cemetery maintenance.