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2.84.165 Special Regulations Pertaining to Columbaria

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2.84.165 Special regulations pertaining to columbaria

A. General rules.
1. A columbarium consists of niches for cremation interments only. No columbarium shall be used for any purpose other than the interment of human cremains (ashes). A niche can house up to two cremains.

2. Containers and/or urns (vases) in companion niches may not exceed a base width of 5 + inches by 5 + inches by 7 inches in height and length (212 cubic inches) and shall be sealed and inscribed or marked in permanent ink with the name and date of death of the deceased.

3. Partial body cremains are acceptable in the container or urn. However, any request to add additional cremains to the container or urn, whether that of a deceased family member or that of the same person, will not be allowed except by special permission of the cemetery manager or his or her agent and payment of applicable interment fees.

4. When two cremains exist in an acceptable container, they shall be considered as two interments even though they are in one container.

5. Bronze plaques shall be placed on the niche faceplate to identify the occupant(s). Size, style, layout, and arrangements for placement shall be determined by the cemetery manager or his or her agent. No painting, decorating, defacing or alteration of the columbarium shall be permitted in any way.

B. Interments.
1. No niche shall be used for the interment of cremains until all fees have been fully paid, including interment fees. The cemetery manager or his or her agent will authorize placement of containers within a niche only after verification of payment of fees has been made.

2. If the person(s) to be interred is not the owner, the owner must authorize the interment in writing and such authorization must be notarized.

3. All interment requests shall be reviewed and approved by the cemetery manager or his or her agent prior to the actual interment.

C. Disinterments
1. The removal of cremains from a columbarium shall comply strictly with the following provisions:

a. The person(s) wishing to remove cremains must have a legal right to manage the cremains and must be next of kin.

b. The person(s) wishing to remove cremains must provide acceptable proof of identity, as determined by the cemetery manager or his or her agent.

c. The request for removal of cremains must be approved by the surviving spouse of the decedent. If there is no surviving spouse, the removal of cremains must be approved by all of the living children of the decedent. If there are no living children, the removal of cremains must be approved by all living parents of the decedent. If there are no living parents, the removal of cremains must be approved by all living siblings of the decedent. In any case, a notary public must confirm each individual signature.

d. The request for cremains removal must be approved by the cemetery manager or his or her agent before removal may occur.

e. If satisfactory documentation is not provided to remove cremains, the cemetery manager or his or her agent will deny the request for cremains removal. His or her decision will be final.

f. The request for removal of cremains must be accompanied by the payment of all costs incurred by the city of Eau Claire associated with cremains removal.

g. The cemetery manager or his or her agent shall amend the records to reflect the removal of the cremains.

h. The applicant must indemnify and hold harmless the city of Eau Claire from any and all actions which may result from the disinterment.

D. Transfer of ownership. Niche ownership shall not be transferred without first obtaining the approval of the cemetery manager or his or agent. If a niche owner desires to transfer title of a niche which has a plaque, said plaque shall be removed by the city, and the new owner, once approved, shall be responsible for fees to purchase and install a new plaque on the front of the niche. The transfer fee shall be paid prior to administering and recording an approved transfer.

2.84.200--2.84.210

E. Niche fees and administration. Whether a niche is purchased for and is classified "individual" (one cremains) or "companion" (two cremains), the niche prices shall be as stated in the City of Eau Claire Fees and Licenses Schedule and will include the purchase and installation of the bronze name and date plaque on the face of the niche. In the event a niche is purchased and classified as an "individual" niche, the owner and his or her heirs may request in writing to the cemetery manager or his or her agent that the niche be reclassified to "companion" status and pay the city an opening fee and a replacement fee for a companion plaque. (Ord. 6363 º3, 2002; Ord. 6258 º12, 2002; Ord. 6132 º2, 2001; Ord. 6009 º2, 1999; Ord. 5869, 1998).

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