In order to preserve an appropriate respectful and uniform appearance for the facilities of the JCGC, the following regulations have been established.
1. A detailed drawing must be submitted to JCGC for each proposed marker, monument, bench, or mausoleum and must be approved prior to ordering materials. JCGC is not responsible for any costs incurred by individuals, monument companies, or others for materials or labor initiated without JCGC’s approval of a planned memorial.
2. Specifications for foundation construction and materials used in bases, markers, monuments, benches, flower vases, and mausoleums shall be approved by JCGC.
3. A marker, monument, bench, or a mausoleum is the property of the lot owner, and JCGC does not assume any responsibility for care, cleaning, or repair thereof. JCGC urges a lot owner to contact their insurance company about adding the memorials to their home owner’s or other insurance policy.
4. Benches and mausoleums are permitted only in certain areas of certain cemeteries. Please consult with JCGC before making any plans.
5. Granite is considered the best material for stone markers, monuments, benches, and mausoleums. Bronze is considered the best material for metal markers. Other materials may be permitted. Rock edges are recommended on all granite bases.
6. Only one marker shall be placed at any grave. A double marker may be used as the sole marker for two graves side-by-side, with consent of the cemetery.
7. Markers are permitted in a monument row or at the foot of a grave. Bronze markers shall be installed with a pre-cast concrete or a granite base 4″ larger than the bronze marker. All foot markers must be installed flush with the ground, unless JCGC approved an elevated setting for consistency with adjacent markers. A stone marker may be installed flush with the ground with a flat top and a minimum of 4″ in thickness. An above-ground marker may be 6″ or 8″ in height with a flat or beveled top. Single markers shall be 24″x12″. Double (companion) markers shall be 24″ x 12″, 36″ x 12″, or 42″ x 12″.
8. Upright granite monuments are permitted in monument rows in most cemeteries, as follows:
A single monument is permitted on a single grave with a maximum base length of 36″ and a maximum height of 48″.
A double monument is permitted on two graves with a maximum base length of 54″ and a maximum height of 48″.
On lots of 3 or more graves, monument size is limited to half the width of the owner’s lot and a maximum height of 48″.
The exceptions to the above are as follows:
Montgomery Cemetery: Monuments are not permitted in the first two rows around the border of Section 1 or in Sections 2NA, 2NB, 2SA and 2SB. Monuments are limited to lots of three or more graves in the monument areas of Section 1 (one monument is permitted on lots of three or four graves, and two monuments are permitted on lots of five or six graves). In all other sections of Montgomery, monuments are limited to lots of two or more graves.
Schachnus Cemetery: In Sections 3 and 4, the only information permitted on a monument is the last name. Other information may go on a footstone.
9. Before any markers, monuments, or mausoleum are installed, and before any other requested service is performed, all unpaid charges and assessments relating to the site shall be paid in full, or otherwise secured to the satisfaction of JCGC.
10. When any marker, monument, or mausoleum becomes damaged, soiled, tarnished, sunken, or unclean, or otherwise is in a condition not in keeping with the respectful appearance of the cemeteries, the lot owner will be requested to correct the situation promptly. JCGC will attempt to assist in making arrangements for such corrections. In the event the condition is not promptly corrected, JCGC may (but shall not be required to) take such action as it deems necessary, including removal of any such monument. The Lot owner shall be responsible for the cost of such action.
11. Any outside vendor performing any service on behalf of a lot owner on cemetery property shall furnish proper credentials and proof of appropriate insurance to JCGC before performing such service and coordinate scheduling of service with JCGC’s office. Such persons performing services or those retaining them shall be responsible for any property damage and cleanup necessitated by the performance of such service. JCGC will inspect completed work as soon as practicable after completion to determine whether repair or cleanup is necessary.
12. JCGC may charge a reasonable fee to vendors and lot owners for:
a. locating and marking a gravesite.
b. locating, marking, and inspecting construction or installation of products; or
c. permits or other services performed for outside vendors or lot owners.
JCGC does not undertake any obligation to care for monuments, markers, and mausoleums.