RULES AND REGULATIONS

AMENDED APRIL 24, 2012

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Cemetery hours

The cemetery will be open from dawn to sunset from April 1st to November 30th, weather and ground conditions permitting.

To contact the superintendent

Telephone 207-985-7846 or write C/O PO Box 211, Kennebunk, Me 04043.

Vehicles prohibited

Snowmobiles, ATV and off road motorcycles will not be permitted on the property.

 
DOGS

Dogs are not permitted on cemetery property unless confined in a vehicle or on a leash.

 

OWNERSHIP

The deed to a lot, or the grant of any other interment space, gives only the right or privilege of interment of human remains.  The right carries with it the right to provide an approved memorial. The ownership in fee of the land remains in Hope Cemetery Corporation (the Cemetery).

 

Grantees or other deed holders are advised to record their right or privilege of interment immediately with the Cemetery and to notify the Cemetery of any change of address.  Notices sent to such persons at their last address on file in the Cemetery offices shall be conclusively presumed to be sufficient.

 

Assignments or conveyances of a deed to a lot between individuals shall not be valid or effective until recorded by the clerk of Cemetery.

 

Hope Cemetery will not repurchase burial lots after they have been sold.

 

BURIALS

Burial rights may not be denied to blood descendants of the original owner unless specifically denied by that original owner.

 

Interment or work on any lot shall not be done until all bills accrued are paid, unless ordered by the court.

 

Licensed funeral directors shall be responsible for human interment charges in all cases and such charges are to be paid at the time of interment.

 

Pet (cremations only) interments will be at the discretion of the cemetery superintendent and/or the board of directors.

 

The Cemetery superintendent shall not authorize an interment of a body or cremated remains of a person until appropriate permits are in order and signed by all required parties.  Temporary storage of more than fourteen days requires a “burial – transit permit” for the purpose of storage.

 

The party in charge of the body must obtain an endorsement on the permit from the superintendent, but retain all three copies of the permit until final disposition is completed.  No body may be stored more than eight months without it being considered final disposition.  Removal of body after eight months will be considered disinterment, and as such will require a new permit.

 

All interments, disinterments and removals shall be made by the employees of the Cemetery upon payment of such charges fixed by the Board of Directors of the Cemetery.

 

The Cemetery reserves the right to require twenty four hours notice, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, prior to interment or storage in the vault.

 

Once a casket containing a body is within the confines of the Cemetery, no person shall be permitted to open the casket without the consent of the person having legal custody of the deceased, or by court order.

 

No casket burial will be allowed without a cement or steel vault approved by the superintendent.

 

Removal of remains 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. If the remains are to be removed from the Cemetery, the Board of Directors must approve such removal.

  

MONUMENTS

Monuments and locations that exceed four feet in height including the base and/or have bases that are in excess of one half the width of the lot on which it stands must be approved by the superintendent and the Hope Cemetery Monument and Landscape Design Committee (Design Committee).  Any non-monument landscape feature must also meet the approval of the Design Committee. These features would include low wall, corner markers, curbs, borders, fences and other lot indicators.  The Design Committee will consist of no less then three and no more then five members from the Board of Directors, the Cemetery superintendent and, at the discretion of the vote of the full Cemetery Board of Directors, an outside member may also be added to the committee.  This individual will be required to have a professional expertise in historical, architectural and/or historical landscape planning design.   The charge of this committee is to review any monuments or landscape design features that require approval prior to installation.  This committee will only approve monuments and landscape features that are consistent with monuments and landscape features located in the cemetery section shown as the Main Yard section of the Cemetery as mapped by E.C. Jordan in 1876, or the sections mapped by William Barry in 1910.  These maps are maintained and stored at the Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, ME.   The design features laid out in the mapping of these sections are in keeping with the landscape architectural park design features that were promoted by Frederick Law Olmstead, 1882-1903, and are now promoted by the Maine Olmstead Alliance for Parks and Landscapes.

 

All future additional cemetery lot sections will be mapped out and sold with the intention of incorporating the architectural design features that were used by E.C. Jordan on his map dated 1876.  The Design Committee will attempt, subject to natural terrain limitations, to include features such as looping and curved roads and lots that would be available in family plot style as was laid out for the Littlefield Section and the Parson’s family plot as referenced by the c. 1876 map and plan.

 

All monuments and their locations, that require no additional approval by the Design Committee, must be approved by the Superintendent, prior to their installation.

 

All monument foundations are to be installed by Cemetery personnel.

 

All charges must be paid before foundations and monuments are installed.

 

Monuments or inscriptions placed thereon, not approved by the Cemetery Superintendent, may be removed at the discretion of the Cemetery.

 

Foot markers must be flush with the ground, unless prior approval has been granted by the Cemetery Superintendent or the Design Committee. 

 

Deed holders shall be responsible for maintenance, repair, and preservation of monuments and other structures.

 

PLANTINGS

All plantings are subject to the superintendent’s approval.  Any planting that is not addressed in this subsection, or that would require separate approval, will require the application, review and approval of complete landscape design plans.  These plans must be submitted to the Design Committee.  The purpose of this review process will be to prove that the plans are in keeping with the previously mentioned Maine Olmsted Alliance and/or are incorporated in the Main Yard map section laid out by E.C. Jordan c. 1876 or the maps completed by William Barry c.1910.

 

Plantings may be removed by the Cemetery personnel when they are considered inappropriate or are not in keeping with the Maine Olmsted Alliance, or become too expensive to maintain.

 

Flowers are permitted only immediately in front of a monument.  Potted plants are permitted on top of flush markers and behind raised markers if they are the only markers on the lot.

 

Rose or other thorny bushes are not permitted.

 

Shrubs must be in line with monuments, and no closer then two feet from the side of the lot.  In addition, the removal of shrubs, trees, etc is to be done by Cemetery personnel.

 

Trees or shrubs planted at the Cemetery are considered the property of the Cemetery.

 

Flags may be placed upon lots or graves by representatives of lodges, posts and like organizations, not to exceed one week before Memorial Day, and must be removed by the same representatives not later then the weekend following Flag Day.

 

All potted plants must be removed from gravesites by Columbus Day.

 

Winter decorations may be in place from December 1st through March 31st.

 

Artificial decorations may be in place only during the winter from December 1st through March 31st.

 

Glass, china and other easily breakable containers are not permitted at any time.

 

In order to enhance, maintain and expand the shade canopy and historical design as evident in the previously mentioned Main Yard, any new trees planted in the Cemetery as of the date of these amended rules will be of the maple tree species, excluding Norway maples   The main section of the Cemetery presently has a population that is 77% maple, 4 % cedar, 4% beech and 15% oak, apple and other tree species.  It is the intention of the Board that as each new section of the Cemetery is designed, the tree plantings will be maintained at the same percentage of species as is in the oldest section of the Main Yard and the revised mapping of William Barry, 1910.  Present new tree locations for planting have been mapped and are in the possession of the Superintendent.

 

EXCEPTIONS

Exceptions to these rules may be made only by vote of the Directors of the Cemetery.

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