Rules and Regulations

FOREWORD

Plum Creek Cemetery is a nonprofit corporation, having been granted a charter by the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, in 1907. There are no stockholders, bondholders, or any persons or corporations owning any interest in the Cemetery except the lot owners themselves. No dividends are paid, and the receipts are used solely for the maintenance, upkeep, and beautification of the grounds. The affairs of the Cemetery are managed by a Board of Trustees, all of whom are lot owners, and serve without compensation as a service for the benefit of all the lot owners.

Sale and Dissolution: It is contemplated that Plum Creek Cemetery, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, shall exist in perpetuity. In the event there is a sale of any or all of the corporation's assets or dissolution of Plum Creek Cemetery, no portion of any surplus funds shall go to the benefit of any person. The surplus funds shall be paid to a purely public charity as shall be selected by the members of Plum Creek Cemetery.

Although the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania require 15% of the purchase price of lots in cemeteries be set aside to provide for the perpetual upkeep, Plum Creek Cemetery deposits 33 1/3% of the purchase price in an irrevocable grantor trust at BNY Mellon. The income from the trust assures perpetual upkeep of the Cemetery. The Trust Fund thus set up is irrevocable and under no circumstances can the present Board of Trustees or any future Board withdraw all or any portion of the principal amount of this Fund.

Experience has shown that the best plan is for a lot owner to transfer the lot to the Plum Creek Cemetery in Trust, and provide and set forth who may be buried therein. In this manner possible difficulties arising among the heirs (several generations after the decease) of the original owner may be prevented.

In order that the Cemetery grounds may be maintained so as to provide for the best interests of all the lot owners, the Board of Trustees has adopted the following Rules and Regulations.

RULES AND REGULATIONS
Effective September 21, 2015

  1. The name and address of every lot owner should be on record in the Cemetery Office, and in the event of a change of residence, the Business Manager should be advised at once of the new address.
  2. On the death of a lot owner, his heirs or next of kin should file their ownership claim and address at once with the Business Manager.  Should the deceased owner leave his/her lot (by will) to some designated person, a certified copy of the will must be submitted to the Business Manager's Office, so that transfer of ownership may be recorded on the Cemetery records, if the Board of Trustees shall consent to such transfer.
  3. Orders or messages by telephone, email or other electronic medium are received at the risk of the sender.  All such messages should be immediately confirmed in writing, by mail or in person.
  4. While the owner of a lot may by written order permit the burial of one outside of his immediate family, no lot owner may sell or transfer any part of his lot without the consent of the Board of Trustees.
  5. In the event that more than one person may own a lot, no person other than a member of the immediate family (see Footnote 1) of one of the owners may be buried therein without the written consent of all the owners and the approval of the Business Manager.
  6. No transfer of lots is valid until enteredon the Cemetery records and no transfer of a lot by sale or otherwise by a lot holder without the consent of the Board of Trustees will be recognized by the Cemetery (see Footnote 2).
  7. No disinterment in a lot or removal of a body will be allowed without the approval in writing of all of the next of kin (see Footnote 3) of the person whose body is to be disinterred or removed.  Also a written permit or order for the same from the owner of the lot or his lawful representative, and the approval of the Board of Trustees must be given and a required PA state permit obtained from a local registrar who is authorized to issue such a permit. 
  8. The spreading of cremated remains is strictly prohibited.  All cremated remains must be properly buried in a suitable container pursuant to the standard method of burial of cremated remains by the staff of Plum Creek Cemetery.  All necessary documentation must be presented before burial can take place.
  9. The Business Manager will furnish estimates for cleaning stones and special work requested by a lot owner.
  10. Grades of lots as established by the cemetery cannot be deviated from, and all grading, fertilizing and sodding shall be done by the employees of the Cemetery under the direction of the Business Manager.
  11. In order that the Cemetery may be maintained in neat and orderly fashion, existing  (planted prior to 1990) shrubs, bushes, and plantings of a similar nature shall not be permitted to overgrow, encroach upon other lots, driveways, or paths, or become objectionable, dangerous, unsightly, or inconvenient.  The Business Manager shall have the right to enter, without notice, upon any lot and remove or trim any such shrub, bush, or planting, which, in the opinion of the Business Manager, offends against the requirements of this paragraph.
  12. Effective since 1990, the Plum Creek Cemetery prohibits the planting of trees, shrubs, bushes, and other perennial type plant material.
  13. Any planting done or the placing of tributes at the rear of the memorial is actually on the lot of another, and therefore prohibited, and strictly enforced by the Business Manager.
  14. Any flowers or tributes placed upon any grave or lot may be removed by the Business Manager whenever, in his opinion, they become objectionable or unsightly.
  15. All flower planting and the placing of floral tributes is restricted to an area immediately in front of the memorial located at the head end of the burial site in a bed of flowers no wider than 12” from the base of the memorial and no longer than the length of the memorial, with the exception of live pine (holiday) blankets. Please see the Business Manager with questions.
  16. The Cemetery reserves the right to cross or enter upon any lot to conduct any burial or burial procession in the Cemetery and cross or enter any lot for ingress or regress to other  lots.
  17. Only the U.S. Flag placed on the burial site of a Veteran or an approved flag of a recognized fraternal organization or other national flag are permitted.  The maximum size must not exceed 18” left to right x 12” top to bottom, attached to a wooden staff no longer than 32” in height.
  18.  Government markers made of either Granite or Bronze are acceptable and the installation is free; although, the cost of the foundation is the responsibility of the lot owner and must be paid for prior to installation.
  19. Memorial privileges will vary depending upon the grave(s) you selected. On a single grave no headstone or marker, when erected, shall be over one and one-half (1 ½) feet high, one (1) foot wide and two (2) feet long.  On two graves no headstone or marker, when erected, shall be over one and one half (1 ½) feet high, one (1) foot wide and three and one-half (3 ½) feet long. A base is not permitted.  At least three (3) graves are required for a two-piece (2) stone not over two and one-half (2 ½) feet high on top of base, one foot two inches (1’. 2”) wide and five (5) feet long. All headstones and markers are subject to the approval of the Business Manager. It is understood that no monument of any kind may be erected until purchase price of grave(s) has been paid in full.
  20. Plans and sketches of markers, monuments, and mausoleums to be erected in the Cemetery, together with details as to size, the kind of stone, and the inscription, shall be submitted to the Business Manager for examination and approval.  No marker, monument, or mausoleum shall be erected without such approval. The Business Manager may, without prior notice or consent of any persons or organization remove any marker, monument, or mausoleum erected without such approval. Designated areas are available throughout the cemetery for private mausoleums and private niches. All monuments of any kind are subject to the approval of the Business Manager.
  21. Lot owners are advised that the Cemetery will not permit the use of limestone, soapstone, slate, wood, artificial stone, or any substances which, in the opinion of the Business Manager, shall not be suitable for the purpose.  The Cemetery only permits the use of granite or bronze markers for memorialization, mausoleums, and niches.
  22. As the Cemetery is by intent and design a place of permanency so too must all memorials be permanent in nature.  Therefore, every memorial must be constructed of bronze and/or granite material and installed on a Cemetery approved, poured in place solid mass concrete foundation.  Temporary markers of any design and construction are prohibited.
  23. All monuments and markers shall be erected upon foundations approved by the Business Manager.  Only the Cemetery and approved suppliers may erect all such foundations, and the person ordering or directing the erection of any marker or monument shall pay the Cemetery its charge for such work.
  24. No private mausoleum shall hereafter be erected in the Cemetery without a sum of money determined by the Board of Trustees to be sufficient for the permanent maintenance of the same having first been deposited with the Board of Trustees. 
  25. Due to the extreme safety hazards presented to the maintenance staff in the performance of their duties and to visitors in the Cemetery, and to further ensure the aesthetic qualities of the entire cemetery, the following items are prohibited from use: stones, marble chips, edging materials, fencing, statues, figurines, “knick-knacks”, toys, inflatable dolls, dolls, glass or ceramic items, glass or plastic globes/vases, banners and flags mounted on metal shafts, hanging flower baskets on metal shafts, and like items. Only shafts constructed of wood will be considered, and are subject to the approval of the Business Manager.
  26. Employees of the Cemetery or of outside contractors working in the Cemetery, if doing work in the immediate neighborhood of a funeral, must stop working during the interment services.  No automobiles, trucks, or vehicles of any kind shall pass the funeral while the services are being held.
  27. No unseemly language, noise, or improper or disrespectful conduct will be permitted within the grounds.
  28. The Cemetery will conduct two cleanups during the year. All holiday decorations, wreaths, etc. must be removed by March 1st.  All summer and artificial flowers must be removed by October 1st.
  29. Because it is impossible to take into consideration every situation and every conceivable type of decoration, the Cemetery reserves the right to modify, and to delete or change these rules and regulations as deemed appropriate in the best interest of the Cemetery and its lot owners.
  30. The Business Manager is charged with the enforcement of these Rules and Regulations and the general welfare of the Cemetery, and is authorized and directed to take such steps as may be necessary to preserve the peace and dignity of the Cemetery and to promote its general welfare, whether or not the particular situation is specifically covered herein.  In the event of dispute, the ruling of the Business Manager must be complied with, subject to appeal to the Board of Trustees.
  31. The buyer may cancel his/her contract for burial rights with written notice to Plum Creek Cemetery of buyer’s intent to cancel the contract and receive a: ninety percent (90%) refund at any time before the last installment due date provided the buyer is not in breach of his contract at the time Plum Creek Cemetery receives written notice of the buyer’s cancellation; sixty-six and two thirds percent (66 2/3 %) refund of the original purchase price once the contract has been paid in full providing no burial services have been provided that would inhibit Plum Creek Cemetery’s ability to resell the gravesite(s) in question.
  32. The buyer understands that the contract for the privilege to be buried in Plum Creek Cemetery conveys no property interest in or title to Plum Creek Cemetery’s real property.

NOTE: If you are not sure about approved items for placing on gravesites, contact the office at (412) 793-7666.

Footnotes:

  1. Plum Creek Cemetery recognizes that the term "immediate family" refers to a person's parents, spouse, children, and siblings and will also include the parent's spouse. Usually step children and adopted children and their spouses are included under the purview of immediate family. An example of a Missoumari Statute defining immediate family is the Missouri Code of State Regulations, 19 CSR 15-7.021 (18) (H). It defines immediate family as follows: An immediate family member is defined as a parent; sibling; child by blood, adoption, or marriage; spouse; grandparent or grandchild.
  2. The buyer understands that the contract for the privilege to be buried in Plum Creek Cemetery conveys no property interest in or title to Plum Creek Cemetery's real property.
  3. Plum Creek Cemetery recognizes that the term "next of kin" is used to signify the relations of a party who has died intestate. In general when one comes within this term who is not included in the provisions of the statutes of distribution. Atk.422, 761; 1 Ves. Sen 84. A wife cannot, in general, claim as next of kin of her husband, nor a husband as next of kin of his wife. But when there are circumstances in a will, which induce a belief of an intention to include them under this term, they will be so considered, though in the ordinary sense of the word, they are not. Hov.Fr. 288, 9; 1 My. & Keen, 82. Vide Branch; Kindred; Line. (Cite: A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States, by John Boevier. Published 1856.

Cemetery grounds close daily at dusk.