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Independence Township, 6483 Waldon Center Drive, Clarkston, MI  48346  248-625-5111 Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 69, Clarkston, MI  48347




 Township Departments

Lakeview Cemetery and Sashabaw Plains Cemetery

Lakeview Cemetery
6150 White Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346
Sashabaw Plains Cemetery
5331 Maybee Road
Clarkston, MI 48346


Cemetery Rates Phone Number and Hours
General Rules and Regulations Purchase of Lots
Repurchase of Lots Interments and Removals
Monuments and Grave Markers Forfeiture of Vacant Cemetery Lots
Lot Improvement and General Care of the Cemetery Grave Decorations and Plantings

2012 Cemetery Rates

Lakeview Cemetery
Lot Sales   101-000-643-000
Twp. Resident $657.00  
Non-Resident $898.00  
Cremation - Resident $460.00  
Cremation - Non-Resident $575.00  
Baby $110.00  
Sashabaw Plains
Lot Sales   101-000-643-000
Lot Sale - Twp. Resident $438.00  
Lot Sale - Non-Resident $548.00  
Lakeview Cemetery
Opening/Closing:   101-000-634-000
Regular $606.00  
Shelter $606.00  
Cremation $164.00  
Opening/Closing - Baby $100.00  
Additional Charges    
Tent and Chairs $100.00  
Saturday $300.00  
Sunday $750.00  
Holiday $1,000.00  
Sashabaw Plains
Fall burials done by Genesee Valley Co.  810-695-5166
Baby $100.00  
Cremation $164.00  
Lakeview and Sashabaw Plains
Disinterments:   101-000-634-000
Disinterments (full-size) $657.00  
Disinterments (cremation) $164.00  
Disinterments (baby) $110.00  
Foundation Fees   101-000-633-000
Foundaiton Fee per square inch $0.75  
Minimum fee $75.00  
Military Marker $75.00  
Deed Transfers $25.00 101-000-645-000

The Board of the Charter Township of Independence presents the following rules and regulations, as required under Ordinance No, 08-06, Chapter 42, Article IV.

The Board believes that in enforcing these rules and regulations it will provide to the greatest possible extent for the preference of lot owners as well as to secure the stability of improvements.

The by-laws, rules, regulations, prices of lots and schedule of service prices may be amended or changed at any regular meeting of the Township board by a majority vote of all members.

This ordinance was duly adopted by the Township Board of the Charter Township of Independence on November 18, 2008.

Phone Number and Hours

The phone number for both cemeteries is 248-625-4146.  The gates are open from dawn to dusk.

General Rules and Regulations

  • Cemeteries will be open to the general public from the hours of sunrise to sunset each day.

  • No person is permitted to enter the cemetery except through the gate.

  • No person shall create any improper noise, disorderly conduct, carelessness, or any other activity that destroys the peace, tranquility and attractiveness of any cemetery.

  • No children under 12 will be permitted in the cemetery unless attended by an adult person who will be responsible for their conduct.

  • No advertisements of any form will be allowed on cemetery property.

  • Dogs are not permitted in the cemetery.

  • No person shall enter the cemetery premises who is under the influence of alcoholic liquor, and no alcohol is allowed in the cemetery.

  • No firearms are allowed in the cemeteries, except in cases of military funerals or ceremonies by official veterans organizations on federal holidays. All military funerals and ceremonies using firearms must be pre-approved by cemetery personnel.

  • Bicycle or horseback riding within the cemetery gates is prohibited.  Automobiles and other vehicles within the cemetery shall observe the following rules:

    1. Speed limit is not to exceed 10 miles per hour.

    2. Sounding of horns or other warning signals is prohibited.

    3. No parking or driving on the turf or grass is permitted at any time.

    4. Passing of committal (burial) service is not permitted.

Purchase of Lots

Persons desiring to purchase lots are invited to visit the cemetery where the cemetery personnel will aid in making a selection.  It is suggested you call 248-625-4146 for a specific appointment time to meet with cemetery personnel.

All sales shall be evidenced by a form approved and executed by the township clerk or the clerk's designee, hereafter to be known as the DPW.  Sales of cemetery plots 01' burial spaces grant a right of burial only and do not convey any other title to the lot or burial space sold.

Each burial space fee shall be determined by resolution of the township board setting the schedule of fees for nonresidents and for township residents.  A township resident is defined as a person who has lived in Independence Charter Township for a minimum of one year and provides corresponding documentation.  A township resident is also defined as a former resident who lived in Independence Charter Township for a period of five or more years and provides corresponding documentation.

Repurchase of Lots

The township can repurchase any cemetery plots or burial space from an owner for the original purchase price or one-half of the current price, whichever is less, upon written request of said owner or the owner's legal heirs or representatives.

Interments and Removals

A burial permit must accompany all interments. Orders for interments will be accepted only by persons responsible.  The DPW will be in attendance and have full charge of all interments within the cemetery.  Not less than 24 hours notice shall be given in advance of any funeral to allow for the opening of the burial spaces between April 1 and November 14 and not less than 48 hours notice shall be given in advance of any funeral to allow for the opening of burial spaces between November 15 and March 31.  No Monday burials will be allowed earlier than 1:00 PM without notice before noon the prior Friday.  Employees of the cemetery will open all graves and the cemetery furnishes all grave equipment.  Sunday or holiday funerals will be accepted, but only in rare cases, at additional cost, where the family of the deceased is put to great inconvenience to have the funeral on a week day.  These cases will be determined by the DPW Director.

The DPW shall not be held responsible for errors in location of graves on lots arising from improper instructions of lot orders from owners.  Orders from funeral directors shall be construed as orders from owners. The DPW cannot be held responsible for any mistake occurring from the want of precise instructions for the particular space in a lot where an interment is wanted.

All casket burials shall be within a standard concrete vault installed 01' constructed in each burial space before interment.  All cremains must be in an urn and buried.  Scattering of ashes in a cemetery is not allowed.  In no case shall a new casket burial or casket re-interment take place without a vault.

Interments in crypts or mausoleums must be hermetically sealed immediately.

Only one adult casket or four cremation urns may be buried in a burial space, unless otherwise designated in a cemetery plat existing prior to the adoption of this ordinance, and except for a mother and infant or two children.

No interments other than human remains can be placed in any burial lot.

Arrangements for the payment of any and all indebtedness due to the cemetery must be made before interment will be made.

The cemetery personnel are the only persons who will be permitted to open graves with the following exceptions:

  1. When the cemetery is directed to make a disinterment by order of a court of competent jurisdiction and a certified copy of such order has been filed with the DPW Director.

  2. When the coroner directs the disinterment for the purpose of holding an inquest and has filed with the DPW's office his signed authorization to release the body to himself and his lawful agents.

Monuments and Grave Markers

All markers or memorials must be of stone or other equally durable composition.

No monument or marker shall be placed upon a grave space unless such space has been paid for in full.

Marker size shall be no more than 24 inches in length and 12 inches in width per grave space. Double marker (2 grave spaces) 48 inches in length and 12 inches in width, etc.

No more than four markers per grave site for four individual cremains or one marker for all cremains shall be
permitted.  Individual markers for cremains shall be flush with the ground and shall be no more than 12 inches by 11 inches.

Should any monument or marker become unsightly, dilapidated or a safety hazard, the township board shall have the right, at the expense of the owner to correct the condition or remove same.

Foot markers must be flush and are not to exceed 24 inches in length and 12 inches in width except for designated areas.

Due to limited grave sizes in the newer sections (40 inches in width and 10 feet in length), foot markers are not recommended.

All foundations for monuments will be not less than 42 inches deep and the same size as the base of the monument.  Foundations for markers will be poured 24 inches dcep and the same size as the base of the marker. Foundation for government bronze markers will have a 4 inch precast foundation.

All monuments and markers must be made to conform to the contour of the ground and in no case will the ground be changed to conform to the stonework.

All foundations will be poured by cemetery personnel, at the expense of the lot owner or monument dealer.

No foundations will be poured in frosty weather.

No heavy trucking will be permitted in wet weather and the right is reserved to refuse to allow stonework to be done at any time until the ground and avenues are thoroughly settled and in good condition.

Contractors shall consult cemetery personnel before making arrangements for sending material to the cemetery. 

Contractors and workmen employed in the installation of monuments and setting of grave markings will be subject to the control and direction of cemetery personnel and will be responsible for any damage done which may be caused by carelessness Or neglect.

Forfeiture of Vacant Cemetery Lots

As of the effective date of this article, the rights to cemetery plots or burial spaces sold and remaining vacant 40 years from the date of their original sale, last recorded transfer or usage of another burial space by the same owner shall automatically revert to the township upon occurrence of the following events:

Notice shall be sent by the DPW by first class mail to the last known address of the last owner of record
informing that owner of the expiration of the 40-year period and that all rights with respect to said plots or spaces will be forfeited.  If said owner docs not affirmatively indicate in writing to the Cemetery within 60 days from the date of mailing of the said notice the owner's desire to retain said burial rights.

If no written response to said notice indicating a desire to retain the cemetery plots or burial spaces in
question is received by the Cemetery from the last owner of record of said plots or spaces, or from the heirs or legal representative of said owner, within 60 days from the date of mailing of said notice, a notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Township.

The published notice shall contain a listing of the name(s) of the last owner of record informing of the expiration of the 40 year period and that all rights with respect to said plots or burial spaces will be forfeited if no indication in writing is received by the Cemetery within 60 days from the date of publication of the notice of the desire of the owner to retain burial rights.

Lot Improvement and General Care of the Cemetery

The sections of the Cemetery are subdivided to provide lots of various sizes and shapes.

To secure the best landscape effects, it is essential that the Cemetery assume the general care of the entire grounds by planting according to plans and specifications.

General care does not provide for the care of mausoleums, monuments, grave markers or any decorative planting, which may be placed on lots, watering of said plantings or watering of sod. Cemetery will be responsible for watering of new sod and seed, and the general care of sod, such as leveling, grass cutting, etc.

Lot owners may have work, consistent with rules and regulations, done by making arrangements with cemetery personnel.

No lot or grave shall be hereafter defined by fence, railing, coping, hedge embankment or depression, nor can trees or shrubs be planted to define corners and boundaries.

Check with cemetery office before you do any planting.  You can call 248-625-4146 to set up
an appointment to meet with cemetery personnel at your convenience.  Potted plants are permitted on graves on holidays (and special occasions by permission of cemetery personnel).  At no time can the sod be disturbed for the placing of such potted plants.  Cemetery personnel reserves the right to remove such plants when necessary.

Grave Decorations and Plantings

For easy maintenance, we recommend putting all plantings in a concrete urn, to the side of the marker.  Flowerbeds may be planted at the head of grave by marker, on graveside, not to exceed 12 inches from marker.  Plantings at the foot of the grave are not permitted.  SHRUBS OR PLANTINGS WITH THORNS ARE NOT PERMITTED.

No wooden headboard, trellises, ornaments, wore arches, glass containers, metal forms, crockery, tin cans, artificial flowers, toys or any other unsightly object are permitted upon any lot or grass. Must have cemetery personnel approval for any temporary placement of above.

Any unsightly vase or object shall be removed by cemetery personnel without notice.

Grave blankets and artificial flowers are allowed November 15 through April 1.

Planting flowers on graves, or otherwise disturbing or destroying the sod, releases the cemetery from all obligations for reseeding the grave without charge.  Lot owners who plant flowers and then fail to have them properly watered, trimmed and free from weeds, are hereby notified that the cemetery reserves the right to remove neglected plants from beds, graves, vases and urns as soon as they become objectionable.

No trees or shrubs shall be planted on lots or graves, or any tree cut down or' removed without approval of cemetery personnel.

The Township Board has no desire to interfere with the tastes of patrons in regard to the style of their improvements, but in justice to the interest of all, they reserve the right, given them by law, to prevent or remove any structure or object, which the cemetery personnel shall deem not in keeping with the general appearance of the cemetery.



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