MOUNT VERNON — Slight changes are coming to the cemetery rules for Mound View Cemetery, members of Mount Vernon City Council were told Monday night.
Rules, many of which have been in effect for more than 20 years, include the following:
•No plantings or decorations on the west side of the monument.
•Plantings and decorations on the other three sides are to be within 18 inches of the monument.
•The cemetery is not responsible for plant maintenance.
•No tree planting allowed by the public.
•No plants with thorns are permitted, (i.e. rose bushes).
•No glass, gravel, wire, benches or seats.
The two changes, will go into effect in April 2014 are:
•No shepherd hooks, mounded flower beds or rigid borders.
•The number of decorations are limited to five.
According to an email from Debbie Briscoe, cemetery foreman, to Dave Glass, safety-service director, Briscoe pointed out that a city employee “ran into” a shepherd’s hook while mowing and it knocked off his hat and safety glasses.
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