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Cemetery Department

Owner Maintenance & Beautification of Cemetery Lots

The following is an excerpt from the City of Newnan's Code of Ordinances governing the Owner's beautification and maintenance of purchased cemetery lots and spaces.  For specific information, please contact Jimmy Hemmings.  For further information, please refer to the Code of Ordinances, Part II, Chapter 7. 

Sec. 7-13. - Beautification of lots.

All beautification of a cemetery lot made by the proprietor thereof shall be simple and shall be kept at the expense of the proprietor and shall be in accordance with deed restrictions or other ordinances in effect at the time of purchase. The proprietor shall apprise the superintendent of cemeteries of any work and shall receive a permit for such beautification.

Sec. 7-14. - Removal of flowers, wreaths, etc., from lots.

(a) No florist, firm or individual shall come onto any lot or grave at any time to remove therefrom any flowers, wreaths, arrangements, pots, stands, easels, frames or any item whatsoever except at the written direction of the lot owner and with the knowledge and supervision of the cemetery superintendent. Any violator will be charged with an offense against the city.

(b) It shall be the duty of the lot owner or of a member of the family of the deceased to contact the superintendent within four days after any flowers, wreaths, arrangements, or the like, have been placed on any lot or grave and to give the superintendent instructions as to the disposal or disposition of same. Failure to contact the superintendent within the four days will be considered authorization for him to remove any or all of the florals that have become unsightly or disarranged.

(c) Florals or artificial materials will be removed by the superintendent when they become faded, weather-beaten, or otherwise unsightly and objectionable to the general appearance of the cemetery. Special occasion artificial arrangements (such as for Easter, Mother's Day, Christmas, etc.) will be removed after 30 days.

Sec. 7-15. - Maintenance of shrubs and trees on lots.

(a) Duty of owner. It shall be the duty of every person owning a burial lot in the public cemetery to keep each and every tree, shrub or bush on his lot well-proportioned, shapely and neat.

(b) Duty upon notice from cemetery superintendent. If the owner of any burial lot in the public cemetery shall fail to keep each and every tree, shrub or bush in his lot well-proportioned, shapely and neat, it shall be the duty of the superintendent to notify the owner of any such lot to trim or prune the tree, shrub or bush. It shall be the duty of the owner notified as aforesaid to trim or prune the tree, shrub or bush.

(c) Effect of noncompliance with notice. If any owner of any lot in the cemetery notified to trim or prune the tree, shrub or bush fails or refuses to prune or trim the same within five days after notice from the city cemetery superintendent as aforesaid, then the superintendent shall notify the city council, who if they deem it right and proper shall order the superintendent to trim or prune or remove or cause to be removed any such tree, shrub or bush at the expense of the owner of any such lot.

Sec. 7-16. - Removal of offensive or improper objects from lots.

If any monument, marker, seat, vase or urn or any structure whatever or any inscription be placed in or upon any cemetery lot which shall be determined by the city council to be offensive or improper, or injurious to the appearance of surrounding lots or grounds, they shall have the right, and it shall be their duty to enter upon such lot and remove the offensive or improper object.