Cemetery Management (3-part series)

Recorded On: 05/22/2020

This three-part series covers many of the top concerns related to township cemeteries. Part 1 kicks off with recent changes, what's new, and trends for the future. Part 2 explains why, without a cemetery ordinance, rules and regulations do not have the force of law and anyone who violates such rules or regulations cannot be prosecuted or subject to a municipal civil infraction enforcement proceeding. Learn how to develop a cemetery ordinance to promote orderliness, proper conduct, certainty, predictability, smooth procedures and minimize township liability with regard to township cemeteries. Part 3 explores all the new types of burial services and memorialization options available in the current market and how your cemetery ordinance may need to be updated to regulate these new options. Learn how to identify grave sites, ensure proper record keeping and reclaim older or abandoned burial spaces.

Cindy Dodge (Moderator)

MTA Member Information Liaison

Michigan Townships Association

MTA Member Information Liaison Cindy Dodge joined MTA in 2006 from Williamstown Township in Ingham County where she served as Clerk since 2005. She has been involved with the township since 2003 as assistant to the supervisor, planning commissioner, and assistant to the planning commission. She is currently a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer. Via phone, fax and e-mail, Cindy provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She is also the Association liaison for MTA county chapters, develops MIS Department resource materials, and presents workshop and Conference sessions as well as teaching live and recorded webinar courses.

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From a review of statutes that govern township authority over cemeteries, to the financial aspects of this valuable service, Township Cemetery Management, revised in 2018, serves as a guide to assist local units of government carry out this important function. From the content and procedures for adopting a township cemetery ordinance, to the role of the cemetery sexton, this publication will help township officials and employees explore the inner workings of township cemetery management. Numerous sample documents and detailed information can also be found in the appendices and on the included CD.

Township Cemetery Management: $38.50* member ($56* non-member)

*rates do not include shipping.

How To Order? 
Online: Order online at MTA’s new bookstore.  
Fax: Print the downloadable order form and fax to (517) 321-8908.  
Mail: Print the downloadable order form and mail to Michigan Townships Association, P.O. Box 80078, Lansing, MI, 48908-0078.

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