The following rules and regulations apply to the Coffee Run Cemetery at Trinity Community Church, effective as of August 7, 2019.
A. "Cemetery" means the Coffee Run Cemetery owned and operated by Trinity Community Church.
B. "Committee" means the Cemetery Committee of Trinity Community Church as constituted from time to time under the Bylaws of the Church, which Committee is charged with the responsibility of supervising the operation and maintenance of the cemetery property.
C. "Church" means Trinity Community Church.
D. "Memorial" means a monument, marker, tablet, headstone, tombstone, private mausoleum or tomb for family or individual use, urn or crypt and niche plates.
E. "Monument" means a memorial which extends above the surface of the ground.
F. "Superintendent" means such employee, agent or contractor as may be designated by the Church from time to time to supervise, manage and/or maintain the Cemetery.
2. General Provisions
A. All burial plots and graves in the Cemetery shall be used as places of burial for the remains of persons of the Christian faith and for the remains of all persons, irrespective of religious faith, who shall be within the immediate family of any plot owner.
B. The Church shall have the exclusive right to control the use and operation of the Cemetery, subject to applicable law and the terms and provisions contained in any documents and instruments conveying title to burial plots in the Cemetery.
C. The Church shall have the right, from time to time, to make changes in the rules and regulations affecting interments, disinterments and the sale of memorials for use in the Cemetery.
D. The Committee shall have the right to require at least five working hours' notice before any interment and at least one week's notice before any disinterment or removal from the Cemetery.
E. When instructions regarding the location of an interment space in a burial plot cannot be obtained or are indefinite, or when the interment space cannot be opened where specified for any reason, the interment space may be opened in such location as the superintendent or another representative of the Church shall designate, and the Church shall not be liable in damages or otherwise for any error so made.
F. The Church shall not be responsible for any order or direction given by telephone or for any mistake occurring from the lack of precise and proper instructions as to the particular size, space, and location in a burial plot where interment is desired.
G. The Commitee shall have the right to correct any errors made in interments, disinterments or removals and in the description, transfer or conveyance of any burial plots, either by cancelling such conveyance and substituting other interment property of equal value in lieu thereof or by refunding the amount of money paid on account of said purchase. In the event such error shall involve the interment of the remains of any person in such property, the Committee shall have the right to remove and transfer such remains to such other property of equal value as may be substituted in lieu thereof. The Committee also shall have the right (but shall not be obligated) to correct errors, made on any memorials in the Cemetery.
H. The Church shall not be liable or responsible for any delay in the interment of the remains of any person where a protest to the interment has been made or where there has been a failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the Cemetery. No protest of an interment shall be binding on the Church unless the same is in writing and delivered to the office of the Church.
I. The Church shall not be responsible for the interment permit or the identity of the person sought to be interred.
J. Tents, lowering devices and other equipment, if any, owned by the Church shall be used exclusively in making interments, disinterments, and removals in the Cemetery.
3. Ownership and Transfer of Burial Plots
A. Burial plots may be owned only by members of the Church or by non-members of the similar Christian faith to the Church.
B. No burial plot may be transferred by the owner thereof without the prior written approval of the Committee entered on the Cemetery records of the Church and supported by such documentation as may be required by the Committee. Any such transfer shall be subject to the same restrictions and conditions as apply to the sale of burial plots by the Church.
A. Any religious service conducted in the Cemetery shall employ only Christian ritual.
B. Funerals must be held between sunrise and sunset. No funerals shall be performed on Sunday.
C. Before fixing the time of funeral services in the Cemetery application, therefore, must be made to the superintendent or the office of the Church.
D. All caskets and urns interred in the ground must be enclosed in a concrete liner or vault or steel grave vault. All caskets interred in a mausoleum must be enclosed in a plastic crypt liner.
A. No religious inscriptions or religious insignia shall be placed on any memorial in the Cemetery other than those customary to the Christian faith.
B. The Committee shall have the right, from time to, time, to establish and modify rules and regulations limiting the size, dimensions, location, materials and appearance of all memorials placed in the Cemetery; provided; however, such limitations shall not be applicable to any memorials which are in place prior to the effective date of such rules and regulations.
C. The Church shall not be responsible for repairs or replacements to memorials occasioned by acts of God, structural defects, deterioration of the material used in construction thereof, theft, riot, insurrection, civil disturbance or vandalism.
D. No permanent vases shall be allowed on burial plots other than recessed urns or vases.
E. The plan of all proposed memorials shall be submitted to the committee for approval before the installation thereof.
F. No memorial shall be erected in the Coffee Run Cemetery on any burial plot containing less than thirty (30) square feet, and only one memorial shall be erected on any such burial plot or its subdivisions; provided; however, family estates and family plots consisting of 2 or more contiguous burial plots shall be entitled to have one additional family monument. The size, shape, color, materials, and placement of any family monument shall be subject to the approval of the Committee.
G. The Commitee shall have the right to require owners of burial plots in the Cemetery to repair, reposition, relocate or reconstruct any memorials on such plots which are damaged, destroyed or in disrepair for any reason. If the owner of any such plot fails to make the necessary repairs or other changes within a reasonable time after notice thereof, the Commitee shall have the right to make such repairs or other changes as the Commitee deems necessary or appropriate and charge the cost thereof to the owner of such burial plot.
A. Owners of burial plots shall not be permitted to plant or place any trees, flowers, shrubbery or other articles of any type on their plots or elsewhere, in the Cemetery unless approved in writing by the Commitee in advance.
B. The superintendent shall be authorized to remove all flowers, floral designs, trees, shrubs, plants and other articles of any kind placed in urns or vases or otherwise on or about the Cemetery Cemetery when, in his judgment, they become unsightly/dangerous or detrimental to the operation and maintenance of the Cemetery Cemetery.
C. No artificial flowers or artificial foliage of any type shall be permitted in the Cemetery.
7. Sale of Burial Plots by the Church
A. Burial plots may be sold for cash or on such terms as may be determined by the committee, from time to time, in its, discretion.
B. There shall be no interment in any burial plot unless and until the cash purchase price of such a plot has been paid in full.
C. No memorial shall be installed on any burial plot unless and until the cash purchase price of such a plot has been paid in full.
D. No monument designating a family section in the Cemetery may be installed unless and until 100% of the cash purchase price of all burial plots in such family section has been paid.
E. Burial plots shall be sold at such prices as are fixed by the Commitee, from time to time. The Church shall establish a trust fund for the perpetual care of the Cemetery as may be required by applicable law. The amount to be placed in such trust fund shall be determined by the Commitee, subject to applicable legal requirements.
F. A register of all burial plots sold shall be maintained with the permanent records of the Church.
8. Burial Plots
A. The size, configuration, and location of all burial plots shall be determined by the Committee.
B. Burial plots shall be used for burial purposes only, except as may be otherwise determined by the Committee.
C. The Church reserves the right, without changing the locations of burial plots previously sold: to replat all or any part of the Cemetery and to change the location of unsold burial plots therein; to install, alter, relocate or close any roadway or path and to lay and maintain pipelines, gutters and any other facilities deemed necessary for the operation of the Cemetery.
A. These rules and regulations apply to and bind the heirs, legal representatives, successors, and assigns of all parties acquiring an interest in any burial plots.
B. These rules and regulations supersede and replace those previously in effect and may be amended at any time and from time to time by the Commitee.
C. The Church shall have the right, from time to time, to enlarge, reduce, replat or change the boundaries or grading of the cemetery, including the right to modify or change the locations of or remove or regrade roads, drives, and walks.
D. The Church reserves for itself, and all other persons entitled to access to the Cemetery, a perpetual right of ingress and egress over and upon all burial plots in the Cemetery for passage to and from other burial plots.
E. Children under the age of fifteen (15) shall not be permitted in the Cemetery or its buildings unless accompanied by an adult.
F. No person shall be permitted to have refreshments or intoxicating beverages within the cemetery.
G. Dogs shall not be permitted within the Cemetery.