[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of Royal Oak 12-13-1993 by Ord. No. 93-17; amended in its entirety 2-21-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-02. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Royal Oak Cemetery Ordinance."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings as indicated:
- CITY MANAGER
- The Royal Oak City Manager or his or her designated representative.
- ROYAL OAK CEMETERY
- The 7.8 acres of land in the City of Royal Oak legally described as follows:
The Royal Oak Cemetery shall be owned and operated by the City of Royal Oak for the interment of persons who have an ownership right in a lot within the cemetery.
On the effective date of this chapter, the Royal Oak Cemetery shall be administered by the Royal Oak Historical Commission as established by the Royal Oak Historical Commission Ordinance, No. 95-14, as amended.
The Royal Oak Historical Commission in conjunction with the City Manager shall have the authority to make rules and regulations for the operation of said cemetery; may prescribe conditions and qualifications for interment; may make rules for the conduct of funerals while within the cemetery grounds, and such other rules and regulations as may be necessary and proper for the public use and benefit of the cemetery and the orderly conduct of persons therein, consistent with applicable state laws and local ordinance.
The Royal Oak Historical Commission shall meet at least quarterly and shall conform to all applicable rules and regulations governing the conduct of meetings promulgated by the City Commission.
The business that the Royal Oak Historical Commission may perform shall be conducted at a public meeting in compliance with the Open Meetings Act. Public notice of the time, date and location of the meeting shall be given, and a meeting agenda shall be part of the notice.
Editor's Note: See MCLA § 15.261 et seq.
The City Manager shall appoint a City employee to act as Superintendent of the cemetery. The Superintendent shall oversee the maintenance of the cemetery, supervise interments and the care of graves and monuments, and attend to the sale of burial rights.
The Director of Finance shall set up a system of accounts for the Royal Oak Cemetery, which system shall be adequate to keep the City Manager and City Commission informed as to the general financial condition of the cemetery operation.
The City may receive gifts and donations for said cemetery. Such gifts and donations may be accepted for the general maintenance or ornamentation of the cemetery, or may be accepted in trust for a particular purpose in connection with the ownership, operation and maintenance of said cemetery. Any funds so received in trust shall be used only for the purposes received.
A suitable map or plat of the Royal Oak Cemetery, showing the location of the various lots and burial spaces, shall be kept by the City, and shall be a public record.
Any person who willfully molests any grave or defaces or injures any monument or marker of any kind in the Royal Oak Cemetery, or who interferes with the conduct of any funeral therein, or who willfully violates the rules and regulations of the Royal Oak Historical Commission, or who willfully obstructs or interferes with the work of the Superintendent or any employee of the City, or who violates any ordinance of the City therein shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor upon conviction and shall be punished by imposition of a fine not to exceed $500 and/or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 90 days within the discretion of the court.