and Sashabaw Plains Cemetery
6150 White Lake
Clarkston, MI 48346
|Sashabaw Plains Cemetery
Clarkston, MI 48346
2012 Cemetery Rates
|Cremation - Resident
|Cremation - Non-Resident
|Lot Sale - Twp. Resident
|Lot Sale - Non-Resident
|Opening/Closing - Baby
|Tent and Chairs
|Fall burials done by Genesee Valley Co.
Lakeview and Sashabaw Plains
|Foundaiton Fee per square inch
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
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
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
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
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
Bicycle or horseback riding within the cemetery
gates is prohibited. Automobiles and other vehicles within
the cemetery shall observe the following rules:
Speed limit is not to exceed 10 miles per
Sounding of horns or other warning signals
No parking or driving on the turf or grass
is permitted at any time.
Passing of committal (burial) service is not
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.
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
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
The cemetery personnel are the only persons who will
be permitted to open graves with the following exceptions:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
Independence Township Signature