Fenton Township will allow up to six remains of cremated people in one cemetery plot.
On Tuesday, July 6, the Fenton Township Board of Trustees voted to amend ordinance 453, the cemeteries ordinance, to make changes discussed at the Monday, June 21 meeting.
At the time, the ordinance stated only one person could be buried in one plot, except for a mother and child who could be buried together. Thomas Broecker, operations manager/deputy clerk, said a couple approached the township to inquire about having both their cremated remains interred in the same plot. Broecker said it was a reasonable request, and the board discussed possible changes.
The amendment states the following:
Only one person may be buried in a cemetery plot with the following exceptions:
• A parent and infant
• Two children buried at the same time
• The non-cremated remains of one person and the cremated remains of a second person
• The cremated remains of up to six people
The original amendment proposed June 21 was more restrictive and only allowed the cremated remains of up to two people. Trustee Mark Goupil questioned why the limit was two, and the board voiced support in raising that number.
RJ Sharp, president of business operations/funeral director, at Sharp Funeral Homes, said there’s no state law he’s aware of that limits the number of cremated remains being placed in one grave.
“Every cemetery that we have worked with has their own individual restrictions. The most common is two cremated remains being allowed to be placed in one grave. However, I have heard of some cemeteries that will allow as many as four,” he said.
Cemeteries Ordinance, Section 7 of Ordinance No. 453
The ordinance states that, “not less than 36 hours’ notice shall be given in advance of any time of any funeral to allow for the opening of the cemetery plot(s).”
Appropriate permits and the appropriate identification of the person(s) to be buried there shall be presented to either the Cemetery Sexton or the Township Clerk prior to interment.
“Where such permit has been lost or destroyed, the Township Clerk shall be satisfied, from his or her records, that the person to be buried in the cemetery plot is an authorized and appropriate one before any interment is commenced or completed. All graves shall be located in an orderly and neat appearing manner within the confines of the cemetery plot involved,” the ordinance states.
Treasurer John Tucker was considered absent from the Tuesday, July 6 meeting because he attended remotely. He did not vote.