Cemetery Rules

GENERAL INFORMATION

LOCATION: The cemetery property is located on Outer State Street, in Bangor, Maine, and extends from the Penobscot River northerly and easterly to the boundary lines of the Town of Veazie, Maine.

NON-SECTARIAN: Mount Hope is a non-sectarian cemetery with lots and graves being sold without discrimination with respect to race, creed, or color. It contains approximately 264 acres, with 110 acres already developed and 154 acres to be developed, assuring the availability of choice lots for many years to come.

NON-PROFIT: The Corporation is conducted not for profit, but solely for the interests of the lot owners as a whole. Any income from whatever source is expended upon the maintenance or improve-ment of the cemetery, or is added to funds created for this purpose.

MANAGEMENT: The corporation is under the direction of an Executive Committee who are elected by the lot owners and who serve without remuneration.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

GENERAL APPLICABILITY: The Rules and Regulations of Mount Hope Cemetery Corporation are adopted for the common protection of all lot owners and the preservation of the natural beauty of the cemetery grounds.

SUPERINTENDENT: The Superintendent, or his representative, shall have the authority to enforce all rules and regulations and to exclude from the cemetery any violators thereof.

OFFICE HOURS: Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. & 12 Noon-4:00 P.M. Closed Saturday, Sunday & The Following Holidays: Memorial Day, Fourth July, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years.

GATE HOURS: The gates will be open during the period May through Mid-September inclusive from 7:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. From Mid-September through end of October signs at the entrances will be posted with the gate closing hour. During this period entrances other than the Lower State Street and Northern Division entrances will be closed at 4:00 P.M., and the Lower State Street and Northern Division entrances will be closed at 7:30 P.M. The only entrances open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays will be Lower State Street and Northern Division entrances. From November through March inclusive the Cemetery will be open from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

RECREATONAL USE OF CEMETERY:
No Recreational activities are allowed in the cemetery without the permission of the Superintendent or his representative.

FIREARMS: No firearms will be allowed in the cemetery without permission of the Superintendent.

DOGS: No dogs allowed at anytime, only service and seeing eye dogs. 

TRAFFIC: Speed limit is fifteen miles per hour. All vehicles must be operated by a licensed driver, and be properly insured and registered in accordance with State of Maine Motor Vehicle Laws.

RECREATION VEHICLES: Snowmobiles, ATV's and all other off road vehicles are prohibited by State Law.

VISITORS: Visitors must not park on the grass, pick flowers or injure trees or shrubs and in all cases must observe the
proprieties of the Cemetery.

SOLICITING: Solicitation of business in the Cemetery is prohibited.

CONDUCT: Improper conduct or violation of the rules by anyone will result in a request to leave the Cemetery.

RESTRICTIONS: The Executive Committee shall have authority to classify lots or sections of the Cemetery and to put special restrictions thereon as to the permissibility, number, kind, size, and location of memorials, plantings, decorations and
structures or other objects.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE: The Cemetery shall take reasonable precaution to protect owners, and the property rights of owners, within the Cemetery, from loss or damage, but it distinctly disclaims all responsibility for loss or damage from causes beyond its reasonable control, and, especially, from damage caused by the elements, an act of God, common enemy, thieves, vandals, strikers, malicious mischief makers, explosion, unavoidable accidents, invasion, insurrections, riots, or order of any military or civil authority, whether the damage be direct or collateral, other than herein provided.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: All special instructions should be given in writing. The work may only be accomplished by Cemetery employees or under the Superintendent's supervision.

CORRECTION OF ERRORS:
The Cemetery reserves, shall have, the right to correct any errors that may be made by either in making interments, disinterments or removals, or the description, transfer or conveyance of any interment property, either by cancelling such conveyance and substituting any conveying in lieu thereof other interment property of equal value and similar location as far as possible, or as may be selected by Management, or, in the sole discretion of the Management, by refunding the amount of money paid on account of said purchase. In the event such error shall involve the interment of the remains of any person in such property, the Cemetery reserves, and shall have the right to remove or transfer such remains so interred to such other property of equal value and similar location as may be substituted and conveyed in lieu thereof.


BURIAL LOTS

PURCHASE: Anyone desiring to purchase a burial plot should apply to the Cemetery office.

RESERVATIONS OF LOTS OR SINGLE GRAVES: Lots or single graves will not be held longer than 30 days without arrangements being made to pay for same.

INTERMENT PRIVILEGE: The burial plot grant gives only a right or privilege of interment of human remains.

LOT CARE: Arrangements for annual care or perpetual care may be made at the Cemetery office for those lots not presently under perpetual care.

SPECIAL DECORATIONS: Arrangements may be made, with reasonable notice, to have bouquets placed on lots or graves for special occasions.

UNPAID BILLS: No work shall be done, nor interments made, on any lot on which unpaid bills have accrued.

STRUCTURES: No structures of any kind other than grave markers or lot monuments may be placed on lots and single graves.

ORNAMENTS, ETC.:
The placing of boxes, shells, toys, metal designs , ornaments, chairs, settees, vases, fences, edging materials, shepherd´┐Żs hooks, trellises, solar lights or other similar articles upon plots will not be permitted.

INTERMENTS PER GRAVE: No interment of two or more bodies shall be made in one grave except in the case of mother and infant child or two infants buried in one casket or an adult and a cremains burial provided only one marker is used with both inscriptions on same.

FLOWERS, PLANTS, SHRUBS AND WREATHS
:

Flowers, wreaths and other decorations left on lots will be removed by Cemetery staff as soon as possible after they fade or become unsightly.

No flowering bushes, shrubs or trees will be allowed on any lot, single grave in the Northern Division. Evergreen shrubs are allowed on certain lots, but must be approved by the Cemetery management. Evergreen shrubs, where allowed, can only be planted by lot owners or other persons after a perpetual care deposit has been made for their care with the Cemetery. The Cemetery reserves the right to remove any plantings, etc. that become unsightly, are planted incorrectly, or are infringing on an adjoining lot or obstructing operations of the cemetery. Section A,B,C & D Northern Division are not allowed to have Evergreen shrubs on lot.

Window boxes, tubs, urns and other similar containers kill the grass and will not be allowed after June 15th or Father's Day.

No cement, plastic, wood and rubber edging will be allowed around any flowerbeds on cemetery lots. No white marble, granite chips or other rock materials will be allowed in flowerbeds. Only bark mulch or wood chips. (Revised 2000)

No artificial decorations (OTHER THAN OVER THE STONE PIECES) will be allowed from June 15th through November 15th.


SINGLE GRAVE SECTIONS

SHRUBS, BUSHES, ETC.: No structures, bushes, flowering shrubs or evergreen shrubs of any kind may be placed on single graves.

MARKERS: Grave markers shall be bronze or granite, set flush with the surface of the ground, having, in the case of granite, an axed, steeled or polished flat topped surface with "V" sunk or sandblasted inscriptions. Single markers marking one grave shall be not over twenty-four(24) inches long by twelve(12) inches wide and not less than four(4) inches thick. Double markers marking two or more graves are allowed. They shall not be over thirty-six(36) inches long by twelve(12) wide and not less than four(4) inches thick.

INSTALLATION AND FOUNDATIONS: No foundations will be required under single markers up to and including twenty-four(24) inches long by twelve(12) wide. Instead a setting and maintenance fee will be paid, the cost of which may be obtained by contacting the Cemetery office. Any marker over the aforementioned size will require a concrete foundation. A marker of any size and over 1 foot height requires a foundation.


TRANSFER OF LOTS

No owner or proprietor of any lot or lots located in Mount Hope Cemetery, or the representative of such an owner or proprietor as defined under the provisions of Section 8 of the Act of Incorporation, shall sell, transfer and/or convey any interest in such lot or lots or single graves for any consideration without first offering in writing to convey the same to the Corporation for the amount which the records of the Corporation shall disclose as the total consideration which the Corporation received for said lot or single grave or graves. If, upon the expiration of sixty days from the receipt of said offer, said Corporation shall have failed to accept such offer, then in that event such sale, transfer or conveyance of said lot or lots, or single grave or graves may be made to any third party provided always that the new owner shall remain expressly subject to the By-Laws and Rules and regulations of the Corporation now or hereafter in force and to the provisions of the Statutes of Maine now or hereafter in force.


BURIALS

INTERMENT ORDERS: Orders should be given to the Cemetery at least twenty-four hours in summer and forty-eight hours in winter before the time of interment. It is important that the person designated as responsible for the plot give personal attention to the location of the grave or graves.

TELEPHONE ORDERS: The Cemetery will not be responsible for mistakes occurring when orders are given by telephone.

WORK BY CEMETERY: All interments, and disinterments shall be made by employees of the Cemetery upon payment of such charges as may be fixed from time to time by the Cemetery.

PERMANENT: No burials will be allowed without a vault or grave liner approved by the Superintendent, and it is advised to have any cremains buried in a permanent container in case of future removal.

SUPERVISION:
All funerals, upon arrival at the Cemetery, will be under the supervision of the Superintendent or his representative at all times.

OPENING AND CLOSING CHARGES:
The cost of interments or of disinterments can be obtained at the Cemetery office. Undertakers or authorized persons will be responsible for charges in all cases, to be paid at the time of interment or disinterment.

WINTER BURIAL OF CREMAINS:
Cremains will not be buried during the winter months.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY CHARGES: An extra charge will be made for all burials on Saturday and Sunday.

LATE ARRIVAL CHARGES: An additional charge will be made for funerals arriving after 3:30 P.M.

SNOW REMOVAL CHARGES: An additional hourly fee will be made when necessary.

HOLIDAYS: No interments will be made on the following legal holidays: Memorial Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving & Christmas


REMOVALS

Removals will not be made without a signed order from the next of kin and the owner of the lot or grave. A licensed funeral
director must be present. Removals will not be made on Saturday, Sundays or Holiday


CREMATORIUM

The Cemetery has cremation services available. Cremation charges may be obtained at the Cemetery office. The following documents are required upon arrival.

1. Burial/Transit permit.
2. Signed Medical Examiner's Release.
3. Signed form authorizing the cremation.
4. Death Certificate
a. Funeral Director(Photo Copy of D.C.)
b. Family Certified Copy D.C.
5. Payment in full for the cremation charge and extra items.

On Saturday, or Sunday or after regular working hours an extra charge will be made for cremation.

All bodies delivered to the crematory must be enclosed in a rigid combustible container.

All cremains are shipped priority mail, registered, with return receipt through the United States Postal Service.


URN GARDEN

The Urn Garden is located in the Northern Division of the cemetery. Urn Garden graves are two feet by two feet in size
and will accommodate the burial of one or two cremated remains. In this section only bronze cremorial markers are allowed. These markers may be purchased in either single or double marker sizes with or without attached urns. A complete package of lot, perpetual care and bronze marker may be arranged for. Markers may also be purchased through any granite dealer provided they are the same in specifications as those offered by the Cemetery.


MEMORIALS

In lettered sections of the Eastern Division and Northern Division only one monument above grade is allowed on any lot
and no monument shall be erected the base of which covers more than eight percent of the area of the lot.

The length of a monument shall not exceed forty percent of the width of the lot except that up to sixty percent may be allowed if the area of the base does not exceed eight percent of the area of the lot.

In the older sections of the Corporations Grounds and Eastern Division only one monument is allowed on any one lot and above grade headstones are allowed if approved by the Superintendent. All so called "G.I." markers due to their 4" thickness will be set as flush markers.

Headstones above the grade of the ground are not permitted in Eastern Division and Northern Division having plots so designated by number or name, as indicated on the Cemetery Corporation plan. In these sections graves markers only are allowed at each grave. They shall be of granite or bronze set flush with the surface of the ground, having, in the case of granite, an axed, steeled or polished flat topped surface with "V" sunk or sand-blasted inscriptions. For sizes of grave markers refer to section under
"SINGLE GRAVES."

In the old single grave sections a headstone or memorial, granite preferred, may be placed at the head of two or more graves. Such a stone may not be over three(3) feet long by one(1) foot wide by three(3) foot high and must be erected on a proper concrete foundation.

In the Northern Division sections A & B monuments are allowed only on designated lots and flush markers only on other so designated lots. Where monuments only are allowed there will be no grave markers, inscriptions if desired will be placed on the monuments. The height of monuments in the Northern Division, including base, will not be over thirty-six(36) inches. Apply to the Cemetery office for sizes of monuments. For sizes of grave markers refer to section under "SINGLE GRAVES."

In the Northern Division sections C & D a monument is allowed on a lot, along with a flush marker marking each grave space. The same monument height restrictions apply only to section C as it does in sections A & B of the Northern Division. Apply to the Cemetery office for sizes of monuments. For sizes of grave markers refer to section under "SINGLE GRAVES."

Bronze markers are allowed if desired but must be set flush and kept to size limitations and be secured to a granite base which in turn, depending on size, will come under either the setting and maintenance fee or be placed on a concrete foundation. Similar foundations are required for all stones over 12 inches by 24 inches, or one foot high and over.

Designs, locations and materials for all monuments and markers or other structures must be submitted to the superintendent for approval on a special form supplied by the Cemetery prior to signing of any contracts or giving instructions.

All monuments set in Mt. Hope or City Cemetery at Mt. Hope will have to have the die and base epoxyed at time of setting. IE: Epoxy any joint between two surfaces.


FOUNDATIONS

All foundations, when required, are to be constructed by either the Cemetery or a granite dealer. They will be of concrete and will be finished at least two inches below grade. Foundation permits may be obtained at the Cemetery office.

When granting a foundation permit, the superintendent will appoint a supervisor for whose services a charge will be made.

The foundation construction charge, if done by the Cemetery, will be provided by the Cemetery office.

Granite dealers will be held responsible for the cost of all foundations put in by the Cemetery and the setting and maintenance fee for markers. Individuals who order foundations or setting and maintenance fees must pay for them in advance. Foundations will not be constructed on any lot or grave when there are unpaid charges still outstanding against them.

Foundations cannot be put in on Saturday, Sundays or Holidays.

The Cemetery will not construct any foundation from October 1st through June 1st.


INSTALLATION & REMOVAL OF STRUCTURES

No memorials, monuments, markers or headstones may be placed or removed from any lot without permission of the superintendent or the granite dealers will be held responsible for the removal of any memorials, etc. illegally placed by them on a lot or grave.

All loaded vehicles must enter and depart through the gate indicated by the superintendent or his assistants and no mater- ials shall be unloaded or set in place until permission has been obtained at the office.

No materials shall be delivered or installed on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays.

All workmen employed by contractors or sub-contractors of the Corporation, shall be subject to the control and direction of the superintendent.

In order to protect areas over which heavy materials are to be moved, workmen will be required to lay protective planking.

Moving stones, etc. across adjoining lots or attaching guide rope is forbidden except as the superintendent gives permission.

All work must be done during Cemetery working hours and cease at closing time.

Any foundations that are to be done in the City Cemetery at Mt. Hope must be approved by the Cemetery. After a foundation hole is dug a Cemetery Official will inspect it before cement is poured.

Any violation, of any rules and regulations, will result in a ban of that individual or company from doing any work in this cemetery in the future.
Any memorials, monuments, markers or headstones that are being removed for the purpose of repairs must be approved by the superintendent before it can be removed from the cemetery. The firm or persons that are removing stones or doing repair work on stones must show proof of insurance or the cemetery takes no responsibility for injury or damage during removal or restoration of stones.


MAUSOLEUMS

Mausoleums are only allowed on special lots approved by the Executive Committee. Plans, specifications and materials are to have the approval of an architect appointed by the Executive Committee. He shall also have the supervision of construction. The charge for the architect is to be borne by the purchaser. Arrangements for the perpetual care of mausoleums must be made before they are constructed. Further information should be obtained from the superintendent


AMENDMENTS

The Executive Committee reserves the right to amend and modify or make additions to these rules and regulations at anytime without notice.