Cemeteries: City of Shawnee
Cemeteries: City of Shawnee

Contact Information:

Neil Holman, Parks and Recreation Director
13817 Johnson Drive
Shawnee, KS 66216
Phone: (913) 631-5200
Fax: (913) 631-4651

Sale of Grave Spaces
Sale of Columbarium Niches
Interment Permits, Records and Fees
Rules and Regulations
Improvements to Lots and Graves
Memorial Monuments and Markers
Other Regulations
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The City cemeteries are operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. The City’s Parks and Recreation Director serves as the City’s sexton. Grave spaces are available for purchase at the Pleasant View and Shawnee Cemeteries. For more information or to purchase a burial plot, please contact the Civic Centre at (913) 631-5200.

Locations
Pleasant View 6025 Quivira Road
Shawnee Cemetery 11810 W. 61st Terrace
Shawnee Indian Cemetery 10825 W. 59th Terrace


Background
On August 18, 2004, the City took ownership and began operation of the Pleasant View Cemetery. On June 25, 2007 the City took ownership and began operation of the Shawnee Cemetery.

Sale of Grave Spaces

1. Definitions

    Block: An area of the cemetery with defined boundaries, generally property lines or roads. Blocks are numbered for identification purposes.
    Lot: A specified area approximately 20’ x 10’ that includes six grave spaces. Lots are numbered for identification purposes.
    Grave Spaces: A specified area, within a lot, approximately 40” x 10’ intended for burial of one adult or three infant occupancies.

2. Statement of Purchase
    An individual purchasing a grave space or spaces will be given a statement documenting the purchase and location of the grave space(s).

3. Price Grave Spaces
    All grave spaces shall be sold according to the following schedule:
    1 Grave Space in Lot Area $1,200
    1 Grave Space – Single Row Area Only $1,200
    1 Grave Space – Infant Area (Block 8) $300

4. Repurchase by City
    Any grave space or lots repurchased by the City shall be at 100% of the current price less thirty-five dollars ($35.00) for administrative costs.

5. Sell or Transfer of Grave Spaces or Lots to Others
    Should the owner(s) of any grave space(s) or lot(s) in the cemetery desire to sell or transfer ownership to another individual other than the City of Shawnee, Kansas, the owner(s) shall first execute a letter to the City of Shawnee Parks and Recreation Director, who will in turn execute to the individual purchasing or obtaining through transfer such space(s) or lot(s), a statement showing such change. A fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) shall be paid to the City of Shawnee for the issuance of the new certificate.

6. Single Grave Space – Full Lot
    A single grave space may not be sold within any full lot or part thereof which contains an even number of grave spaces.

7. Reserve Grave Space – Single Row Area
    In a single row area, it shall be permissible for a person to purchase two single grave spaces and reserve one space for future burial, provided the reserved grave space is between filled grave spaces.

Sale of Columbarium Niches

1. Definitions
    a. Columbarium: A vault with niches for urns containing ashes of the dead.
    b. Level: Levels are labeled for identification purposes, A – F, with A starting on the bottom and progressing up.
    c. Niche: A specified area approximately 12” x 12” that can hold up to two urns.

2. Statement of Purchase
    An individual purchasing a columbarium niche will be given a statement documenting the purchase and location of the niche(s).

3. Price Niche
    All niches shall be sold according to the following schedule:
    Level
    Level F $2,300
    Level E $2,450
    Level D $2,600
    Level C $2,600
    Level B $2,450
    Level A $2,200

4. Repurchase by City.
    Any niche repurchased by the City shall be at 100% of the current price less thirty-five dollars ($35.00) for administrative costs.

5. Sell or Transfer of Niche to Others.
    Should the owner(s) of any niche in the columbarium desire to sell or transfer ownership to another individual other than the City of Shawnee, Kansas, the owner(s) shall first execute a letter to the City of Shawnee Parks and Recreation Director, who will in turn execute to the individual purchasing or obtaining through transfer such niche, a statement showing such change. A fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) shall be paid to the City of Shawnee for the issuance of the new certificate.

Interment Permits, Records and Fees

1. Burial Permit
    A permit is required to schedule a burial.

2. Burial Permit Fees
    Prior to the issuance of the burial permit, the City Parks and Recreation Director shall charge and collect the following fees:
    Cost includes the operation of opening and closing of the grave/niche and setting the headstone/plaque.
    Size A (36”x24”x36”) (Infant) $200.00
    Size B (90”x 28”x 40”) (Adult) $875.00
    Cremation $450.00
    Niche $150.00

3. Burial Permit Record
    The City Parks and Recreation Department shall keep a record of the permits issued under the provisions of this article, showing the date of issue, to whom issued, the name, other available information as provided, the number of the lot, block and addition or the number of the grave.

4. Disinterment Fees
    Cost for disinterment includes the operation of removing a burial structure from its current resting place. The cost for this service is double the prices shown above for interments.

Rules and Regulations

Interments, Disinterments and Removals

1. Laws, Rules and Orders

    All interments, disinterments and removals shall be subject to the laws, rules and orders of the properly constituted authorities of the City, County and State.

2. Number of Burials for Grave Space of Lot
    Only one (1) burial shall be permitted on each grave space or lot except that three (3) Size A (infant) interments may be made on one (1) grave space, up to four (4) cremations shall be allowed on one (1) space, or one (1) Size B (adult) and one (1) cremation per space, or two (2) Size B (adult) if stacked (must be designated at the time of first burial).

3. Cremation Urn in Base of Monuments
    Cremation urns may be interred in the base of a monument in a manner complying with directions of the cemetery staff. Cremation urns must be interred in a concrete urn box and buried at grave level.

4. Cremation Urn in Columbarium
    Only two (2) cremation urns will be allowed per 12” x 12” x 12” niche.

5. Location of Interment Space
    When instructions from the lot owner, or his agent, regarding the location of an interment space in a lot cannot be obtained, or are indefinite, or for any reason the interment space cannot be opened where specified, the cemetery staff may, at their discretion, open it in such location in the lot as they deem best and proper, so as not to delay the funeral; and the cemetery staff shall not be liable for damages on any error so made.

6. Types of Vaults or Boxes
    In every earth interment, the casket shall be enclosed in a vault or box constructed of concrete, steel or fiberglass. The use of wooden boxes is prohibited.

7. Holiday
    No interment, disinterment, cremation or services shall be permitted on designated holidays of the City.

8. Times
    No interment, disinterment, cremation or services shall be scheduled to begin later than four (4:00) p.m. or prior to nine (9:00) a.m.

9. Sunday Services
    An extra charge of $100 shall be applied to any funeral service scheduled to be held on a Sunday. Notification of any Sunday service shall be made not later than the preceding Thursday at four (4:00) p.m.

10. Disinterments
    All disinterments shall follow the same scheduling guidelines as interment services, but shall not occur on Saturdays.

11. Scheduling
    All services (interments/disinterments) shall be scheduled through the City Parks and Recreation Director.

12. Emergencies
    In the event of an emergency service, staff will make every effort to accommodate the service with the addition of all applicable extra fees.

Improvements to Lots and Graves

The following rules shall be observed with regard to the decoration of cemetery lots in monument sections:
  1. Copings, fences, curbs, structures of wood, or other equally perishable material are prohibited. These structures or enclosures established on any lot previous to the adoption of this Policy Statement, which have, in the judgment of the Parks and Recreation Director become unsightly by reason of neglect or age shall be removed.
  2. No elevated mounds shall be built over graves and no lot shall be filled above the grade established by the City.
  3. Approved receptacles for cut or artificial flowers will be permitted if installed within six (6) inches of the memorial.
  4. Toys, unsightly objects, glass jars, glass vases, and unapproved containers will not be permitted as grave decorations; and when used, they will be removed without notice.
  5. No plantings shall be made in the monument sections without the permission from the Parks and Recreation Director.
  6. The planting of hedges is strictly prohibited. Existing hedges will be removed whenever they become unsightly or encroach upon an adjoining lot or path.
  7. The City will remove all flowers, trees, and shrubs, which have become diseased, unsightly, or dangerous.
  8. Artificial flowers and fresh cut flowers will be permitted during the grass-mowing season (April 1 until October 31) and shall be placed in an approved permanent receptacle.
  9. Plants are permitted for Memorial Day, with four (4) days allowed before Memorial Day for decorating and four (4) days after, for picking up plants or decorations before the plants will be removed by cemetery staff.
  10. From November 1 through April l, wreaths and artificial decorations are permitted and shall be placed within six (6) inches of the memorial and will be removed when faded or during spring clean up after April 1.
  11. Bouquets, plants, or wreaths shall be placed within six (6) inches of a memorial.
  12. Flags and veteran’s emblems will be permitted on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.
  13. No ground cover other than grass will be permitted.
  14. The City and its staff shall not be held liable for any disposal or return of any temporary decorations or permanent decorations or trees. Plantings may be removed without notice by cemetery staff when they become unsightly, undesirable, or interfere with cemetery maintenance. Such items will not be replaced. Any plantings, shrubs or trees wrongfully placed will be removed without notice.
  15. All retaining walls, fences and curbing of lots or grave spaces are prohibited. A retaining wall, fence or curbing which is presently in place may be removed by the City when the Parks and Recreation Director determines that the improvement is in such poor condition that it is detrimental to appearance and maintenance of the cemetery. The owner of the lot will be given notice, if possible, to repair such improvements; and if he/she does not proceed with the repair within a reasonable time, the cemetery staff may proceed with the removal.
  16. Chemicals. No one other than cemetery staff shall be allowed to spray any chemical agent including fertilizer, weed killers, herbicides, and ground sterilants.

Memorial Monuments and Markers

1. Definitions
    a. Projecting Monument: A two-piece stone projecting above ground level for purpose of identifying occupancy of one or more grave spaces.

    b. Projecting Marker: A one-piece stone projecting above ground level, for the purpose of identifying the occupancy of one or more grave spaces.

    c. Flush Marker: A stone installed flush with ground level for the purpose of identifying occupancy of one or more grave spaces.

    d. Foot Marker: A small stone, installed flush with ground level, used in conjunction with a monument for the purpose of identifying the occupancy of a grave space.

    e. Measurement Terms: Measurements for monuments and markers shall be referred to by the following terms and their definitions.
      (1) “Height” or “depth” shall be a vertical measure.

      (2) “Length” shall be the long measurement of a monument or marker, or as would be measured in a crosswise direction of a grave space.

      (3) “Width” shall be the short measurement of a monument or marker, or as would be measured in lengthwise direction of a grave space.

2. Permission Required: Before any memorial work is commenced in Pleasant View Cemetery by any employee or employees of a private business or contractor, a written request to commence such work must be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Director. The request shall include the name of the company or contractor proposing to do the work, the location of the work, the type of memorial work and other such information necessary to determine that the proposed work will conform with the provisions of this Policy Statement. Approval to commence such work must be granted in writing by the Parks and Recreation Director.

3. Supervision of Memorial Work. All memorial work shall be done under the general supervision of cemetery staff.

4. Memorial Work during Business Hours. Memorial work shall be conducted only during those hours when cemetery staff is available. No memorial work will be permitted while a funeral service is in progress.

5. Specifications for Monuments and Markers. All monuments and markers shall be of standard construction material, such as marble, granite or bronze.

6. Location and Placement of Monument or Markers.
    a. All monuments or markers, whether projecting or flush style, shall be placed at the head of the grave space or spaces (except foot markers).

    b. Foot markers must be set at the foot of the grave space and flush with ground level. On lots where existing foot markers have been installed above ground level, any additional foot markers installed on that particular lot may be installed above ground level.

    c. Monuments or markers shall be placed so the centerline for the width of the monument or marker will be two (2) feet from the lot line at the foot of the grave space or spaces.

    d. Foot markers shall be placed so the center line for the width of the foot marker will be two (2) feet from the lot line at the foot of the grave space or spaces.

    e. Infant Area.
      (1) Markers installed in these areas are exempt from the location measurement provisions of subsections c. and d. above.

      (2) The marker shall be located in a manner that the outside edge of the concrete base shall abut on the property line at the head of the grave space.
7. Length and Width Limitations
    a. The length of a monument or marker, including the concrete base extensions, for a single grave space shall be no longer than the width of the grave space.

    b. The length of a monument or marker, including the concrete base extensions, for adjoining grave spaces shall be no longer than the combined width of the grave spaces.

    c. In the Infant Area, a marker stone for a singe grave space shall not exceed eight (8) inches in width and sixteen (16) inches in length.

8. Specifications for Setting of Monuments and Markers.
    a. All monuments and markers shall be set on a concrete base. Top surface of the concrete shall be flush with ground level, and shall be six (6) inches wider on each side than the bottom dimensions of the monument or marker.
      (1) In the Infant Area, the concrete base shall be four (4) inches wider on all sides than the marker measurements.
    b. The concrete base shall have a minimum depth not less than six (6) inches below ground surface, and be reinforced with not less than one (1) three quarter (3/4) inch diameter steel reinforcing rod placed approximately midway in the depth of the concrete mixture.
    c. A concrete base may be constructed by either of the two following methods.
      (1) Entirely of a concrete mix poured into the proper size excavation at the installation site.

      (2) Use of a pre-cast concrete slab for the upper one-half (1/2) of the base, which shall be placed upon concrete mix that has been poured into the proper size excavation at the installation site, for a total depth not less than eight (8) inches.
    d. Concrete used for the base shall consist of a proper mixture of Portland cement, sand and water properly blended and mixed to provide a strong and durable base.

9. Full Grave Space Covers.
    Installation of a full grave space cover constructed of concrete, marble or other material of any style shall not be permitted.

10. Individual Mausoleums.
    Installation of individual or family size mausoleums of any type construction or materials shall not be permitted.

11. Extensions to Concrete Base.
    Extension to an existing concrete base for the purpose of providing holders for flower vases, etc. shall not be permitted.

12. Additional Specifications.
    In order to insure the setting of monuments and markers in a workmanlike manner and in keeping with good appearance of the cemetery as a whole, the Parks and Recreation Director, may adopt additional specifications and regulations deemed necessary and proper for the location and setting of monuments and markers.

13. Clean Up of Worksites.
    All worksites shall be properly policed upon completion of setting of monument. No loose concrete will be left on the ground, scrap lumber and dirt piles will be removed, tracks filled in etc.

Other Regulations
  1. Orders Received by Telephone. The cemetery staff shall not be held responsible for any order received by telephone, or for any mistake occurring from the want of precise and proper instructions as to the particular space, size and location in a lot where interment is desired.
  2. Correction of Error. The cemetery staff reserves, and shall have, the right to correct any error that may be made by the staff either on making interments, disinterments or removals, or in the description, transferring conveyance of any interment property either by canceling such conveyance or transferring property of equal value and similar location as far as possible as may be selected by the cemetery staff, or at the sole discretion of the City Governing Body; or by refunding the amount of money paid on account of said purchase.
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