City of Pawtucket, RI
Providence County
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[Approved 10-17-1967 by Ch. No. 1135 as Secs. 7-7 and 7-9 through 7-25 of the 1966 Code]
No person shall bury or cause to be buried the body of any deceased person in the city, except in such grounds as are or may be designated as burying grounds and authorized to be used as such.
No cemetery or place of burial or interment shall be established or used within the city until the City Council shall have granted a permit for the same.
Before the permit required by the preceding section shall be granted, a petition and plat shall be filed with the City Clerk describing briefly the land desired and petition signed by the person desiring the same. This petition shall be advertised at least once a week for three (3) successive weeks in some public newspaper published in the city before the same shall be acted upon by the City Council.
The Committee on Cemeteries of the City Council may make such rules and regulations for the management and care of the city's cemeteries as may be necessary or expedient, provided that such order, rules and regulations shall first be reported to and approved by the City Council.
No person shall locate with any vehicle, stand or basket within two hundred (200) feet of Oak Grove or Mineral Spring Cemeteries for the purpose of selling or offering for sale any fruit or other article.
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Editor's Note: See also Ch. 302, Peddling and Soliciting.
The Superintendent of Public Works is hereby authorized to purchase, in the name of and on behalf of the city, from time to time, lots in the city cemeteries which the owners thereof desire to dispose of at such price as he or she may deem reasonable and for the best interest of the city. The purchase of such lots and the price paid for them shall be approved by the Committee on Cemeteries of the City Council. The amount paid for all such purchases shall be charged to the annual appropriation for care and maintenance of cemeteries, provided that in no one (1) year shall an amount exceeding three hundred dollars ($300.) be expended for such purpose, except by vote of the City Council.
A. 
Burial lots owned by the city in any of the public cemeteries will be sold to such persons as apply therefor, but purchasers thereof will hold their lots, and their titles will be subject to all the provisions of this Code and other city ordinances that relate to the cemeteries and burial grounds of the city and subject to all such rules and regulations as may be from time to time approved by the Director of Public Safety and the City Council for the care and management thereof.
B. 
The price of all burial lots hereafter sold by the city shall be fixed by the Committee on Cemeteries of the City Council.
C. 
Application for the purchase of burial lots shall be made to the Superintendent of Public Works.
D. 
The City Clerk is hereby authorized and empowered to execute deeds of burial lots in the name of the city and to affix the corporate Seal of the city to each deed upon receiving the amount fixed by the Committee on Cemeteries of the City Council for lots, and in addition thereto, the sum of one dollar ($1.) for making and recording each of such deeds. Whenever any such sale shall be made of a portion of a platted lot, or any lot not designated upon a plat recorded in the City Clerk's office, the Superintendent shall have the description of the lot so sold prepared by the City Engineer. All such deeds shall be in a form to be approved by the City Solicitor and shall be recorded in a book to be specially kept in the City Clerk's office for that purpose.
A. 
No headstone or monument of any kind shall be erected or located in any city cemetery and no vault shall be constructed therein except with the approval of the Superintendent of Public Works.
B. 
No grave shall be opened in any city cemetery except upon application to the Superintendent of Public Works. Such work shall be done by city employees under the direction of the Superintendent of Public Works.
No person owning any lot in any city cemetery shall sell any single graves therein. An application for preparing a grave for the burial of any person not a relative of the owner of record of any such lot shall be prima facie evidence of such sale of a single grave, and the Superintendent of Public Works shall thereupon refuse to have such grave prepared until such owner shall present satisfactory evidence to the Superintendent or to the Committee on Cemeteries of the City Council that such burial is not a violation of the provisions of this section.
A. 
The Committee on Cemeteries of the City Council shall set apart a suitable section in the Oak Grove Cemetery in which single graves will be sold at a price to be fixed by the Committee from time to time. Such sales shall be made by the Superintendent of Public Works. All such sales shall be subject to any and all rules and regulations which from time to time may be made by the Committee on Cemeteries and approved by the City Council. The amounts received from such sales shall be paid by the Superintendent of Public Works to the Director of Finance on or before the third business day of the succeeding month.
B. 
The section designated as the single-grave section in the Oak Grove Cemetery shall be cared for by the Superintendent of Public Works in like manner as lots under perpetual care.
A. 
The City Council shall take and hold to themselves and to their successors in office all such lands within this city as shall be conveyed to them in trust for burial purposes; and in like manner shall receive and hold all funds that shall be conveyed to them for the purpose of ornamenting or keeping in repair such burial lots and any other burial lots within the city, and shall execute such trusts in accordance with the terms contained in the instrument of conveyance.
B. 
Duties of Director of Finance.
(1) 
The Director of Finance is hereby authorized and directed to receive all such lands and funds, and to have the charge, custody and management thereof under the advice and direction of the Committee on Cemeteries of the city, subject to the ordinances ordained and orders and rules which may be from time to time ordained and approved by the City Council.
(2) 
The Director of Finance shall invest the funds so received according to his or her best judgment for the purpose of deriving an income therefrom and shall keep an account of the same, and report the particulars thereof in connection with his or her annual report and at such other times as the City Council may request.
C. 
All interest received from bequest funds for the care of specified private lots shall be kept as a separate fund and shall be used only for the care of the private lots. No part of such funds shall be used on any lot in excess of the amount of interest received for such lot, except by a unanimous vote of the Committee on Cemeteries of the City Council or such other body as may at the time of the vote have the supervision of the city's cemeteries.
D. 
The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to pay over to the Superintendent of Public Works so much of the income from bequest funds as may be needed from time to time, and the Superintendent of Public Works shall cause the same to be faithfully expended upon the several lots and enclosures for which the income shall have been respectively intended by the donors of the fund and estates and in the manner contemplated in the several instruments creating the trusts, provided that all payments by the Director of Finance shall be approved by the Committee on Cemeteries of the City Council. All expenditures thereof by the Superintendent of Public Works shall be under the direction of the Committee on Cemeteries of the City Council.
A. 
The receipts from the sale of lots in any cemetery owned by the city shall be used for the capital improvement of cemeteries owned by the city.
B. 
A fund is hereby created of such receipts to be known as the "Cemeteries Improvement Fund." Such fund and any accruals thereon shall be invested by the Director of Finance in bonds or notes of the city or any other safe and productive securities, provided that all such investments shall be approved by the Committee on Cemeteries of the City Council. No withdrawals shall be made from the Cemeteries Improvement Fund except under authority of a resolution of the City Council.
C. 
All other receipts from city cemeteries, except special bequest funds, shall be used for the general care, preservation and maintenance of city cemeteries, and the City Council shall annually appropriate, in addition to such receipts, such sum as may be required to provide such proper care, preservation and maintenance.
No lots of land adjoining land which has been known and used as burial grounds shall be deemed a portion of such burial grounds, unless such lots shall also have been used as burial grounds.
The Superintendent of Public Works is hereby directed to have perpetual care taken of the Tower Post lot in Mineral Spring Cemetery. The expense of the same shall be charged to the appropriation for cemeteries.