Chapter 1.48
CEMETERY DEPARTMENT

Sections:

1.48.010    Department established.

1.48.020    Board of trustees – Created – Appointment.

1.48.030    Board of trustees – Organization – Powers – Duties.

1.48.040    Supervision and control.

1.48.050    Repealed.

1.48.060    Repealed.

1.48.070    Submission of annual budget.

1.48.080    Lots – Sale – Price – Service charges.

1.48.090    Endowment care – Fund established – Lots – Rules.

1.48.100    Current expense fund – Created – Use – Rules, regulations.

1.48.110    Current expense fund – Transfer to city finance director – Bond.

1.48.120    Disposition of funds – Pay out – Procedure.

1.48.130    Authority to borrow money.

1.48.140    Sunset Memorial Park – Dedicated.

1.48.150    Plat of park – Approved.

1.48.160    Streets – Driveways, etc. – Dedicated.

1.48.170    Certain streets, driveways, etc. – Vacated.

1.48.180    Plat – City engineer to file.

1.48.010 Department established.1

For the purpose of providing for the proper operation, maintenance and improvement of the municipal cemetery of the city of Hoquiam, Washington, there is hereby created and established a department of said city to be known as the municipal cemetery department. (Ord. 1436 § 1, 1933).

1.48.020 Board of trustees – Created – Appointment.

The management and control of said department shall be vested in a board of seven trustees, which said board shall be known and designated as the municipal cemetery board. The mayor of said city and a member of the city council of said city appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council shall be standing members of said board, and the mayor shall be chairman thereof. Immediately upon the passage and approval of this chapter, the mayor, with the consent of the city council, shall appoint the remaining five trustees from citizens of recognized fitness for the position, and so far as possible representative of the leading lodges, civic organizations and churches of said city. No person shall be ineligible as a trustee by reason of sex. The five trustees so appointed shall determine by lot whose term shall expire each year and thereafter a new trustee shall be appointed annually at the time other officers of the city are appointed and in the manner aforesaid, to serve for a term of five years. All vacancies shall be filled as soon as possible by the mayor, with the consent of the council, but for the residue of the unexpired term only. No trustee as such shall ever receive any compensation. (Ord. 98-04 § 1, 1998; Ord. 1436 § 2, 1933).

1.48.030 Board of trustees – Organization – Powers – Duties.

Said trustees shall immediately after taking office meet and organize. They shall elect one of their number as a vice-chairperson, and such other officers as they may from time to time deem necessary for the proper care of the affairs and property of the municipal cemetery. They shall make and adopt such rules and regulations for their own guidance and for the government of the cemetery as may be expedient and proper. The board of trustees shall advise the mayor, the community services director and the city council regarding the maintenance and operation of the municipal cemetery. (Ord. 06-13 § 2, 2006; Ord. 02-12 § 1, 2002; Ord. 1436 § 3, 1933).

1.48.040 Supervision and control.

The community services director shall have general supervision and control over the municipal cemetery department, with full power to manage and operate the same, subject, however, to the provisions of this chapter, and all rules and regulations hereinafter adopted by the city council. (Ord. 06-13 § 3, 2006; Ord. 02-12 § 2, 2002; Ord. 1436 § 4, 1933).

1.48.050 Board – Power to fix salaries.

Repealed by Ord. 02-12. (Ord. 1436 § 5, 1933).

1.48.060 Board – Powers.

Repealed by Ord. 06-13. (Ord. 1436 § 6, 1933).

1.48.070 Submission of annual budget.

The community services director shall annually submit to said city council in the manner and at the time required by law a preliminary budget for said department of proposed expenditures and anticipated receipts, and such budget so submitted shall be considered and adopted as required by law. (Ord. 06-13 § 4, 2006; Ord. 1436 § 8, 1933).

1.48.080 Lots – Sale – Price – Service charges.

The city council shall from time to time fix the purchase price of any and all lots as shown on the existing plats of said municipal cemetery, of plats which may be hereafter adopted as a part of said cemetery, and shall have the power to sell such lots at the price so fixed. The mayor and city finance director of said city, upon direction of said board, shall make, execute and acknowledge proper conveyances to lots so sold. The city council shall also have the power to fix all service charges in and about the care of graves and the burial of the dead in said cemetery. (Ord. 06-13 § 5, 2006; Ord. 1436 § 9, 1933).

1.48.090 Endowment care – Fund established – Lots – Rules.

There be, and is hereby created and established a fund to be known and designated as the municipal cemetery and mausoleum endowment care fund. The city shall set aside thirty-three and one-third percent of the purchase price of each lot sold in the municipal cemetery for credit in said fund and ten percent of the purchase price of each crypt or niche sold. The city shall also set aside for credit in said fund all amounts received for endowment care of lots, niches or crypts in said cemetery, from whatever source received. It shall be the duty of the city finance director, with the approval of the city council, to invest and reinvest all sums so set aside, from time to time, but such investments shall be made only in accordance with RCW 30.24.020. In no event shall the principal of said fund ever be expended except for investment or reinvestment as herein provided. The income from such investments shall be used in the care of the lots, niches or crypts, providing such fund and not otherwise. The city finance director shall at all times be the custodian of such investments. The city of Hoquiam shall in no wise be liable for any of such fund except for misappropriation thereof, and shall not have power to bind the city or said fund for any further liability than whatever net interest may be actually realized from such investments, and shall not be liable to any particular person for more than the proportionate part of such net earnings. Accurate books of account shall be kept of all transactions pertaining to said fund, which books shall be open to the public for inspection, and shall be audited as other accounts of said city are audited. It is intended hereby to create an endowment care fund pursuant to the provisions of RCW 68.44.010 et seq. and in accordance with said statutes. (Ord. 06-13 § 6, 2006; Ord. 2008, 1956; Ord. 1955, 1955; Ord. 1436 § 10, 1933).

1.48.100 Current expense fund – Created – Use – Rules, regulations.

There be, and is hereby created and established a fund to be known and designated as the municipal cemetery current expense fund. The city shall set aside sixty-six and two-thirds percent of the funds derived from the sale of lots in said municipal cemetery for credit in said fund. The city shall also set aside for credit in such fund all receipts of said department not otherwise specifically provided for. The fund so set aside shall be used for the payment of current salaries, wages, maintenance, improvements, operation and capital outlays of said department, in accordance with budget provisions and the laws of the state of Washington pertinent thereto, and particularly RCW 68.12.050. The city council may from time to time ask such levy or levies as may be necessary to the proper maintenance of said fund, but in no event shall such levy exceed in any one year one and one-half mills on the dollar of the assessed valuation of the taxable property of said city. (Ord. 06-13 § 7, 2006; Ord. 1955, 1955; Ord. 1436 § 12, 1933).

1.48.110 Current expense fund – Transfer to city finance director – Bond.

All monies received or obtained in the manner hereinabove, Section 1.48.100, provided shall be immediately paid to the city finance director of said city and said finance director shall immediately convert the same into the proper funds hereinabove provided for. The city finance director shall keep the funds of said department separate and apart from other funds of said city. Said finance director shall execute and provide a bond to the city of Hoquiam in such penal sum as may be fixed by the city council from time to time, for the faithful performance of her duties as city finance director in connection with this department, in addition to any bond which may be required in connection with the duties of said office. Such official bond shall be approved by the city council and when so approved shall be filed with the city finance director of said city. (Ord. 1436 § 13, 1933).

1.48.120 Disposition of funds – Pay out – Procedure.

All monies so deposited with the city finance director of said city for credit of the several funds of said department shall be paid out by said finance director only upon warrants drawn by order of the city council, and endorsed by the mayor and attested by the city finance director of said city. (Ord. 06-13 § 8, 2006; Ord. 1436 § 14, 1933).

1.48.130 Authority to borrow money.

The cemetery department, with the approval of the city council of said city, shall have the power to borrow money or issue warrants in anticipation of its revenue to meet its current general expenses, except as said power is limited by the terms of HMC 1.48.090. (Ord. 06-13 § 9, 2006; Ord. 1436 § 15, 1933).

1.48.140 Sunset Memorial Park – Dedicated.

The municipal cemetery of the city of Hoquiam shall be known and designated as “Sunset Memorial Park.” (Ord. 1613 § 1, 1941).

1.48.150 Plat of park – Approved.

The plat of Sunset Memorial Park prepared by the office of the city engineer of said city, upon which is shown the plat of certain unplatted property, as well as the re-plat of the plat of Prospect Hill cemetery, be, and the same is hereby, approved. (Ord. 1613 § 2, 1941).

1.48.160 Streets – Driveways, etc. – Dedicated.

The streets, driveways, alley and parks designated upon said plat for use in said cemetery be, and they are hereby, dedicated for such uses, and the mayor and city finance director of said city are hereby authorized and directed to execute the necessary instruments to accomplish this purpose. (Ord. 1613 § 3, 1941).

1.48.170 Certain streets, driveways, etc. – Vacated.

All streets, driveways, alleys and parks which are designated upon the plat of Prospect Hill cemetery, and which are eliminated by such re-plat, be, and the same are hereby, vacated for the purposes set forth in said plat. (Ord. 1613 § 4, 1941).

1.48.180 Plat – City engineer to file.

The city engineer of said city be, and he is hereby, directed to cause said plat to be filed in the office of the auditor of Grays Harbor County. (Ord. 1613 § 5, 1941).


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See RCW 35.23.440 (51).