Chapter 7.04
TAHOMA CEMETERY

Sections:

7.04.010    Establishment.

7.04.050    Operation and management of cemetery.

7.04.070    Fees—Cemetery fund.

7.04.080    Procedure for purchase of block in cemetery.

7.04.090    Rules.

7.04.010 Establishment.

Hereafter the city cemetery and all additions made thereto shall be known as “Tahoma Cemetery.” Whenever in any of the ordinances, resolutions, regulations or orders of the city council said cemetery is referred to as the “city cemetery” or by any other name or designation such reference shall relate to Tahoma Cemetery. (Ord. 2017-026 § 1 (part), 2017: Ord. 2010-51 § 1 (part), 2010: Ord. A-252 § 1, 1917).

7.04.050 Operation and management of cemetery.

The city manager shall, subject to the approval of the city council, make rules governing and concerning Tahoma Cemetery as may be required for the proper operation and management of the cemetery. The city manager shall, subject to the approval of the city council, fix the schedule of prices to be charged and collected for all lots in the cemetery and for any services rendered by the employees of the city cemetery. The rules and the schedule of prices shall be printed for free distribution. (Ord. 2017-026 § 1 (part), 2017: Ord. 2010-51 § 1 (part), 2010: Ord. A-252 § 2, 1917).

7.04.070 Fees—Cemetery fund.

All fees and charges collected or received by employees of the city cemetery shall be turned over to the city treasurer and placed in the cemetery fund of the city, except where directed to go into some other fund of the city by law or ordinance. (Ord. 2017-026 § 1 (part), 2017: Ord. 2010-51 § 1 (part), 2010: Ord. A-252 § 3, 1917).

7.04.080 Procedure for purchase of block in cemetery.

With the exception of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, United States Veterans Administration, and funeral homes located within the state of Washington, a person shall make all payments required by this chapter before occupying any part of Tahoma Cemetery. The cemetery staff, upon receiving all required payments, shall issue (1) a sales agreement containing a correct description of the cemetery block or part thereof, the name of the purchaser, and the date of the purchase, (2) a grave use permit to the purchaser for the cemetery block or part thereof described in the sales agreement, and (3) an endowment care agreement. The sales agreement must be approved and signed by the public works director and the parks and recreation manager. The signature of the public works director and the parks and recreation manager shall be notarized. The grave use permit shall recite that it is accepted by the grantee named therein subject to all rules or regulations lawfully imposed for the regulation and management of the cemetery. The grave use permit shall grant the purchaser and the purchaser’s heirs, executors, administrators and assigns the right to use the cemetery block or part thereof for the purpose of interring human remains. The city manager or the city manager’s designee shall execute the grave use permit and the endowment care agreement. The execution of the grave use permit and the endowment care agreement shall be notarized. No sale, transfer or assignment of any block or part thereof or any interest therein shall be valid without the consent of the city manager or the city manager’s designee endorsed in writing thereon. The cemetery staff shall keep records of the sales agreement, grave use permit, endowment care agreement, and of any other business transacted by or on account of the cemetery, as may be prescribed by the city manager subject to the approval of the city council. (Ord. 2017-026 § 1 (part), 2017: Ord. 2010-51 § 1 (part), 2010: Ord. 2003-76 § 1, 2003: Ord. 2003-51 § 1, 2003: Ord. 3040 § 1, 1987: Ord. A-252 § 4, 1917: Ord. B-229, 1937).

7.04.090 Rules.

Following are the rules, including schedules of fees and charges, applicable to the operation of Tahoma Cemetery:

A.    Liner sizes are as follows:

“Regular” means an outside measurement of approximately thirty-three by eighty-nine inches.

“Undersized” means an outside measurement less than thirty-three by eighty-nine inches.

“Oversized” means an outside measurement greater than thirty-three by eighty-nine inches.

B. Commencing October 8, 2017, the following schedule of fees and charges shall be in effect and applicable at Tahoma Cemetery. With the exception of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Unites States Veterans Administration, and funeral homes located within the state of Washington, all fees and charges shall be paid in advance unless otherwise provided.

Cemetery Lot Use Fee

Section A

$703.00

Section B

$703.00

Section C

$703.00

Section D

$865.00

Section E

$800.00

Section E (lots 24 and 25)

$320.00

Section F

$703.00

Section G

$703.00

Section H

$703.00

Section I

$703.00

Section J

$703.00

Section K

$703.00

Section L

$693.00

Section M (flat marker graves)

$834.00

Section M (upright marker graves)

$892.00

City section

$703.00

F & AM section (Masonic)

$703.00

I.O.O.F. section

$703.00

Baby section (undersized liner)

$291.00

Individual veteran (all sections)

$598.00

Above prices include mandatory endowment care fee.

 

Columbarium

Niche

$964.00

Above prices include mandatory endowment care fee.

 

Mausoleum Niches

Niche, marble front (12'' x 12'')

$727.00

Niche, glass front (18'' x 20'')

$748.00

Niche, glass front (40'' x 22'')

$916.00

Niche, glass front (46'' x 40'')

$980.00

Above prices include mandatory endowment care fee.

 

Opening and Closing Graves

Regular liner

$578.00

Oversized liner

$673.00

Undersized liner

$213.00

Cremains

$271.00

Mausoleum crypts

$525.00

Niches

$242.00

 

Liners

Regular liner

$578.00

Oversized liner

$769.00

Undersized liner

$223.00

Cremains urn vault

$289.00

(plus Washington State sales tax)

 

Monument Settings

Government marker (veteran)

$242.00

Veteran’s bronze marker on granite 24'' x 36'' base

$348.00

Flat marker, 12'' x up to 24''

$251.00

Flat marker, 12'' x 25''—36''

$289.00

Flat marker, 12'' x 37''—48''

$464.00

Flat marker, 12'' x 49''—60''

$638.00

Flat marker, 12'' x 61''—72''

$813.00

Upright marker, 12'' x up to 24''

$289.00

Upright marker, 12'' x 25''—36''

$385.00

Upright marker, 12'' x 37''—48''

$642.00

Upright marker, 12'' x 49''—60''

$905.00

Upright marker, 12'' x 61''—70''

$1,166.00

Each additional inch, either way

$24.00

Galvanized vase

$21.00

Aeon vase

$78.00

Galvanized vase setting with marker

$21.00

Aeon vase setting with marker

$39.00

Aeon vase setting in granite border

$192.00

Galvanized insert

$21.00

Reset markers

Setting fee + $75.00 cleanup charge

12-inch marker (cremains only)

$126.00

16-inch marker (cremains and baby lots only)

$193.00

Urn/marker combination

$409.00

(plus Washington State sales tax)

 

Incidental Charges

Disinterment, regular or oversized (does not include opening and closing of new grave)

$867.00*

Disinterment, undersized (does not include opening and closing of new grave)

$482.00*

Disinterment, cremains (does not include opening and closing of new grave)

$338.00*

Grave use permit transfer processing fee

$36.00

Historic register copy

$13.00

Saturday burial—Standard

$430.00**

Saturday burial—Cremains

$289.00***

Overtime charge

$72.00****

* Depending on degree of difficulty, an additional charge of up to $637.00 may be determined by the parks and recreation manager or appointee.

** Includes up to six staff hours total and two staff members.

*** Includes up to three staff hours total and one staff member.

**** Charged per additional staff hour incurred by the city due to services rendered outside normal business hours.

C.    Chapel service may not be scheduled to start on weekdays after three p.m. Graveside service may not be scheduled to start on weekdays after three-thirty p.m. Chapel service may not be scheduled to start on Saturdays after eleven a.m. Graveside service may not be scheduled to start on Saturdays after eleven-thirty a.m. Interments and disinterments may not take place on Sundays, public holidays as defined in YMC 9.10.060, or Saturdays after twelve p.m., except in cases of emergency as determined by the parks and recreation manager or appointee.

D.    If the cemetery is provided with verification and documentation that the deceased has no surviving family members and was receiving one of the following types of public assistance at the time of his or her death: aid to families with dependent children, general assistance, or poverty-related veterans’ benefits, the cemetery charges will be fifty percent of the normal charge. This fifty percent reduction in price shall not apply to monument setting fees, vases or vase setting fees. The cemetery reserves the right to designate the location of all indigent burials with the exception of burials intended for previously purchased gravesites. Indigent burials will be allowed Monday through Friday only, unless by special permission of the parks and recreation manager or appointee.

E.    All graves shall be numbered with a permanent number. The cemetery staff shall keep an accurate record of the name of the decedent and the number of the grave.

F.    A maximum of four cremains may be placed on an occupied full-size lot with the proper notarized authorizations from the lot owner or the next of kin. A maximum of six cremains may be placed on an unoccupied full-size lot. Full-size lots may not be divided and sold as individual cremains lots by a private owner.

G.    A person may not bring a dog into Tahoma Cemetery. A person violating this section is subject to a penalty of one hundred dollars.

H.    The speed limit for vehicular traffic within the cemetery is fifteen miles per hour. Violation of this section is a civil infraction and shall be enforced in accordance with city and state law.

I.    Notification of and payment for interment or disinterment must be received by the cemetery office at least one business day in advance of such interment or disinterment. The cemetery staff may limit the number of services scheduled on any given day. The cemetery staff may require services to be rescheduled if the service was published prior to receipt of notification. The purpose of this section is to provide ample time for proper opening and closing and to ensure adequate parking and privacy for each service.

J.    The Tahoma Cemetery office must receive a burial transit permit for the decedent before interment.The Tahoma Cemetery office must receive a death certificate for the decedent before inurnment.

K.    The cemetery staff may correct any errors related to interments, disinterments, the description of a cemetery block or part thereof, or the conveyance of a cemetery block or part thereof. The cemetery staff may select, substitute, and covey other cemetery property of equal value and similar location or refund the purchaser. The cemetery staff may remove and reinter remains to such substituted property.

L.    All interments must be made in cement liners, cremains liners, or steel liners. All liners shall be made according to specifications designated by the parks and recreation manager or appointee. The funeral director shall determine the size of grave liner to use in all cases.

M.    No grave shall be opened or closed by anyone other than employees of the city of Yakima.

N.    A tomb or personal mausoleum may not be erected on top of the ground. A marker may not be placed on a gravesite until all marker setting fees are paid in full. A marker may not be placed at a pre-need gravesite until the gravesite and marker setting fee are paid in full.

O.    Foundations for all markers and vases shall be built by the city of Yakima or an approved vendor, at the expense of the owner. All foundations must have a three- to six-inch-wide border around the base of the marker. The border must have a depth of four to six inches. The foundation must be flush with the ground level. All marker bases must be made of granite or marble. No sandstone or artificial base will be permitted.

P.    All markers must be set in line according to the cemetery survey except on the tracts of irregular shape; markers in the west row of each block must face west, markers in the east row of each block must face east, all markers in Section M must face east. The parks and recreation manager or appointee shall determine the setting of markers on the tracts of irregular shape.

Q.    In Section M, upright markers are only permitted in Block 69, Block 58 and all blocks north thereof, Block 285 and all blocks east thereof, and Block 274 and all blocks northeast thereof.

R.    All markers placed in Section L, in the Masonic baby plot, and in that part of Section E lying south of a line drawn from the southwest corner of Block 161 to the southeast corner of Block 27, and west of a line drawn from the southeast corner of Block 27 to the southeast corner of Block 70, thence west to the southwest corner of Block 68, thence south to the southwest corner of Block 143, shall be level with the ground.

S.    Markers for single full-size graves may not exceed twenty-four inches in length and twelve inches in width. Double markers for two full-size graves may not exceed thirty-six inches in length and twelve inches in width except in Section M double markers may not exceed sixty inches in length and twelve inches in width. Larger markers may be allowed with prior approval by the parks and recreation manager or appointee. Markers for single cremains graves may not exceed twenty-four inches in length and twelve inches in width. Double markers for two cremains graves may not exceed twenty-four inches in length and twelve inches in width. Ledger-type markers will not be allowed in the cemetery except ledger-type markers presently existing in the cemetery. Flat markers shall be set flush with the ground.

T.    Care and maintenance of a marker is the sole responsibility of the family of the deceased. Tahoma Cemetery and the city of Yakima are not responsible for damage to markers that is caused by weather or by the actions of persons not employed by the city of Yakima.

U.    The indiscriminate planting of trees and shrubs in the cemetery is prohibited, and the parks and recreation manager or appointee shall remove all landscape features determined to be objectionable. If trees or shrubs in any lot become detrimental to adjacent lots or avenues in the judgment of the parks and recreation manager or appointee, they shall be removed.

V.    Coping, fences, posts, and chains, and all wooden structures around lots, blocks, or graves are prohibited.

W.    Any inscription, marker, effigy or other structure which the parks and recreation manager or appointee deems offensive or improper shall be removed upon order of the parks and recreation manager or appointee.

X.    Funeral designs and floral pieces will be removed to a designated place as soon as the same become unsightly or interfere with mowing in the judgment of the parks and recreation manager or appointee. The city is not responsible for damage to or theft of cut flowers, potted plants, displays or containers. Anyone leaving such articles in the cemetery does so at their own risk.

Y.    Due to the inconvenience to mowing and grounds maintenance, artificial floral pieces, stones, rocks, and foreign objects will not be allowed during the period from April 1st to October 31st, with the exception of Memorial Weekend. Footstones will not be allowed in the cemetery except for footstones presently existing in the cemetery.

Z.    Receptacles for cut flowers must be sunk level with the ground. Tin cans sunk in the ground are prohibited. Glass containers are prohibited. Receptacles must be approved by the parks and recreation manager or appointee.

AA.    All employees or other people engaged in performing work within the confines of the cemetery shall be under the supervision and direction of the parks and recreation manager. A person may not interfere with the performance of duties of any employee or groundskeeper.

BB.    Lost and found articles shall be turned in to the Tahoma Cemetery office.

CC.    A person shall deposit all paper and other rubbish that person is responsible for in a receptacle provided for that purpose.

DD.    As provided for by this chapter, a person may transfer or assign that person’s block or a part thereof to another person provided that a record of the transfer or assignment is noted on the cemetery records. The cemetery staff shall keep a copy of the transaction in the cemetery office.

EE.    The parks and recreation manager or appointee shall expel from the cemetery any person disturbing its sanctity by boisterous or other improper conduct, or who shall violate any provision of this chapter.

FF.    Endowment care lots, pre-need arrangements or a combination of both may be purchased on installment contracts in the form provided by the city of Yakima. No lot(s) or service(s) may be used until property fees and service fees are paid in full. No monument(s) may be placed until monument setting fees are paid in full.

GG.    All contracts require a ten percent down payment with an appropriate payment schedule designated. Contracts for endowment care lots shall require payment in full within twelve months. A combined contract for an endowment care lot and pre-need services shall require payment in full within thirty-six months. Any payment that is more than sixty days past due will be assessed a one percent per month interest penalty on the unpaid balance. The cemetery staff shall mail a grave use permit to the lot owner within thirty days of final payment. In the event the delinquent account is for a pre-need gravesite, the city may, at its option, return the grave to open inventory for the purpose of resale and the purchaser will forfeit any moneys paid to that date. Upon default in payment of the balance due for contracted services, the cemetery may deny further burials in the cemetery until full payment is made.

HH.    The public works director and parks and recreation manager are hereby authorized to enter into contracts for the sale of lots, liners, vases, markers and other incidental services. All contracts must be approved and signed by the public works director and parks and recreation manager. All contracts will constitute a personal obligation on the part of the purchaser(s) and shall be binding on the purchaser(s)’ heirs, successors, and assigns.

II.    The cemetery staff shall keep all signed contracts on file in the cemetery office.

JJ.    No refunds on endowment care lots or pre-need services will be given. Any property abandoned for seven years with no contact from the owner(s), after attempt by certified mail to contact, shall revert back to the city of Yakima.

KK.    Any person that purchases ten or more lots at one time is entitled to a seven percent discount on the total price of the lots.

LL.    A maximum of two cremains may be placed in a columbarium niche. This must be accompanied with the proper notarized authorizations from the niche owner or the owner’s next of kin. Columbarium niches may not be divided and sold as individual niches by a private owner. Urns must not exceed five inches by five inches by seven inches in size.

MM.    All inscriptions on the columbarium niches shall be of similar style and size. Opening and closing niche fees must be paid in full prior to inscription services being ordered. All inscription services will be performed by Tahoma Cemetery staff or their appointees determined by the parks and recreation manager. Vases will be allowed only at the discretion of the parks and recreation manager or appointee. (Ord. 2017-026 § 1 (part), 2017: Ord. 2010-51 § 1 (part), 2010: Ord. 2009-41 § 1, 2009: Ord. 2007-64 § 1, 2007: Ord. 2006-66 § 1, 2006: Ord. 2004-79 § 1, 2004: Ord. 2003-76 § 2, 2003: Ord. 2003-51 § 2, 2003: Ord. 2001-77 § 1, 2001: Ord. 2000-56 § 2, 2000: Ord. 99-49 § 1, 1999: Ord. 97-11 § 1, 1997: Ord. 96-85 § 1, 1996: Ord. 3433 § 1, 1992: Ord. 3074 § 1, 1988: Ord. 3040 § 2, 1987: Ord. 2937 § 1, 1986: Ord. 2845 § 1, 1985: Ord. 2589 § 1, 1982: Ord. 2490 § 1, 1981: Ord. 2356 § 1, 1979: Ord. 2254 § 1, 1979: Ord. 2034 § 1, 1976; Ord. 1873 § 1, 1975; Ord. 1364 § 1, 1971; Ord. 1099 § 1, 1969: Ord. 799 § 1, 1966: Ord. 585 § 1).