2005-07-30 / News

Cemetery Board Considers Rule Changes, Raising Fees

By Leslie Rott

The Mackinac Island Cemetery Board, meeting Wednesday, July 20, discussed several potential changes to their rules and the potential for fee increases.

Armand “Smi” Horn suggested the board change its rules so that headstones must be placed on a plot within 60 days, rather than 120 days. Mr. Horn also suggested that the Board should consider collecting a deposit for corner markers, which designate each plot. He added that those, too, should be purchased and placed within 60 days or the City will purchase them with the deposit given for them. The changes would have to be made to the ordinance and then approved by City Council.

Also discussed were potential fee increases for right-ofburial and perpetual care costs. The board is considering raising the fee for right-of-burial from $200 to $300 for residents and from $1,500 to $1,700 for non-residents. They are also considering raising the perpetual care fee from $200 to $300 for everyone. The board said, however, that more discussion is needed on the matter.

In other business, the board approved a headstone for the Wisniewski Lot and they also approved the Marsack Plot, with potential adjustments based on the location of already situated plots.

Other concerns raised at the meeting were by board members Dale Gallagher and Clayton Timmons. Mr. Gallagher was concerned over big stones and how the cemetery is going to handle them. Mr. Timmons was concerned about black stones and the fact that they tend to stand out more than others. Those concerns will be discussed at a later date.

The board also approved the purchase of 11 headstones for unmarked graves that the Cemetery Board has discovered.

The next meeting of the Mackinac Island Cemetery Board is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, at 10 a.m., at the cemetery.

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