The city has changed the rules for grave markers at its portion of Oak Knoll Cemetery. Effective immediately, people may not place grave markers that stick above the ground surface unless the owner has two full size cemetery lots, and then it may only be one above-ground marker or monument.
City Clerk Shawna Jenkins said after the City Council approved the new rules on July 24 that the two lots owned by one person must be next to each other. In the case of single grave lots, the markers must be flush with the ground.
One more cemetery rule change the council made is that the city will set the markers twice per year – once in the spring and once in the fall, weather permitting. The previous wording had stated that the markers would be set from approximately April 15 to Oct. 15.
The rules still state that all markers, monuments, foundations and cement will be set by the city of Princeton personnel at their convenience and that the markers are to be dropped off at a site designated by the city.
City Administrator Mark Karnowski told the council that Princeton is much like other cities that own cemeteries in that the cost to the city for perpetual care far exceeds what the owners of the cemetery lots pay.
Monuments or markers that stick above the ground require more work to keep the grass on those lots trimmed, Karnowski noted.