Guidelines for Working in the Cemetery
All work beyond routine maintenance to be undertaken
in your adopted plot must be reported to the City staff.
Report to the City staff, with a copy to the Old
City Cemetery Committee, any deterioration or damage to
existing markers or monuments found in the plot. Damaged
markers will be put on a stone repair list and addressed
as time and restoration funds permit.
Report to the City staff any deterioration to the
plot’s brick or granite enclosure. These enclosures
will be restored when brick crews are available and
according to priority needs.
Given the fragile nature of some of these old
monuments, special care should be taken in the choice of
mechanical equipment and the way it is used.
Granite chips, decomposed granite, pea gravel or
concrete are not acceptable as ground covers in plots.
Any plans for cleaning of monuments or headstones
must be reported to the City staff to ensure the proper
equipment and materials are used.
Plans for reconstruction, repairs or any structural
changes must be approved in advance by the City Office.
Removal of concrete plot covers is not allowed without
permission of the City.
Gas powered trimmers, pruners, weed eaters and
similar tools are not to be used within the plots.
No chemicals, herbicides, insecticides or other
sprays are to be used.
Guidelines for Working in the Cemetery
Once you have selected your plots, prepare and
submit a plan to the City staff for approval.
Use only the approved and recommended plant
materials. See the
list of approved
Should you wish to use any other plant material not
shown on the provided list, please obtain approval from
the City staff or the Volunteer Coordinator before
listing it on your plot plan.
Proper plot maintenance includes the following:
1. Weeding 2. Watering 3. Fertilizing 4. Pruning
The turning of the soil is the responsibility of the
The proper plant materials must be used.
list of approved and
forbidden plant materials.
there is a choice of plant materials, use the dwarf
you wish to use anything other than what is listed, please indicate whatever it is
that you have chosen on the back of the
adopter will not plant any trees.
Work Orders: requests for work by City personnel or
Work Release workers must be filled out and submitted to
the City staff for action by the weekend City Staff Site
Supervisor. As there are many volunteers and requests,
it could be several weeks before your project is
attended to. If you feel you have an emergency/priority
request, please explain.
Work Release Project: Each weekend in the cemetery
there are 50-100 workers from the Sheriff’s Work
Project Program (a jail alternative program). There are
usually two Deputies supervising them. At times an
additional bus load of workers may arrive. Volunteers
are not to give orders directly to these persons. Be
pleasant and courteous, but any orders, requests, etc.
should be through the City staff, unless you are
assigned specific workers. In this case, please clarify
with the Deputies your responsibilities and limitations.
Parking: Parking in the lot across the street is
preferred, but parking in the cemetery near your plot is
allowed. However, your vehicle must be entirely off the
road, and not parked directly across the road from
poles, trees, etc. which would further compromise large
vehicles such as the dump truck from passing safely. If
you park across the street, park on the 10th Street side
of the parking lot. The use of this lot is a courtesy
extended to us by the owners, so please respect this
Plant sources: Several nurseries (Target, Big Oaks)
intermittently donate many plants which are available to
all adopters. Look for such plants near the brick
building on the west side located near the Archives.
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