Regulations

Rules will be strictly enforced

  1. Gates are open from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting.

  2. All road signs are to be followed at all times except during funerals.

  3. Speed limit within cemetery is 10 MPH.

  4. Dogs must be on a leash and all animal waste must be immediately cleaned up and properly disposed of.

  5. While visiting, please leave room on road for others to pass.

  6. All persons are prohibited from writing upon, defacing or injuring any monument, fence, or other structure, in or belonging to the cemetery. Those in violation of this rule will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law.

  7. Children under 18 years of age will not be permitted in cemetery without parent or guardian.

  8. Littering is punishable by law and will be enforced.

  9. No artificial decorations are permitted from 1st of April through the 1st of October; they will be removed. 

  10. Fresh floral decorations will be removed when they become unsightly. 

  11. No glass, ceramic, terracotta, etc., containers or vases are permitted for floral decorations.

  12. Decorations cannot be more than 6 inches in front of monument. Nothing is permitted behind or on the sides of any monument.

  13. Absolutely no dumping on cemetery property. Those in violation of this rule will be prosecuted under the fullest extend of the law.

Bylaws

Bylaws of the Homestead Cemetery Board

Approved:  Thursday, May 27, 2021

 

This Board was established for the purpose of preserving and maintaining the Homestead Cemetery, located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Board shall be operated as a non-profit organization, with no personal benefit to any member of the Company.

 

MEMBERSHIP

The Board is composed of members who have agreed to volunteer their time to advance the stewardship and maintenance of the Homestead Cemetery.  

 

MANAGEMENT

These Bylaws provide for the management and care of the Homestead Cemetery through the elected members of a Board of Trustees elected annually by the Board membership.

 

MEETINGS

The Board of Trustees shall set the time and place of the monthly meeting or subsequent meeting as necessary to perform their duties for the betterment of the Cemetery Board. The Monthly meetings shall be held on the last Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise designated by the Board of Trustees. All Board members shall be informed by email prior to said meetings.

 

TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees shall be elected annually by simple majority of Board members present and may succeed themselves. The number of trustees elected shall be set and approved by the Board membership at the July meeting.  A trustee vacancy may be filled by the President with approval of a majority of remaining trustees.

OFFICERS AND ADMINISTRATION

Officers shall be elected annually from and by the Board for the current year and requires a quorum and simple majority of those Board Members present. A majority of the Board is required for a quorum. Officers of the Board of Trustees shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. These officers may succeed themselves.

  1. The President shall preside at all meetings and shall be charged with the responsibilities pertaining to policy, programs, management, business, properties, and performance. He/She may appoint such individuals and committees, as he may deem necessary to the accomplishment of his/hers charge.

  2. The Vice-President shall assist the President in the performance of his/her duties and fulfill the duties of the President in the event of his/her absence.

  3. The Secretary shall keep the records of the Company proceedings and unless otherwise assigned by the President, conduct the correspondence, issue notices as are provided for in these bylaws and perform other and further duties as the President may request.

  4. The Treasurer shall collect all monies and issue receipts for the same. He/She shall deposit all such monies in the name of the Homestead Cemetery with some bank designated by the Board of Trustees of the Homestead Cemetery. He/She shall be responsible for paying all bills associated with the care and maintenance of the cemetery.

 

SAVINGS

The Treasurer will open a saving account with some bank designated by the Board of Trustees of the Homestead Cemetery.  This account shall be funded by depositing 10% of any monies collected from the annual fundraising appeal the exceeds the agreed  upon fundraising goal.  Also 50% of all monies collected for internments and monuments instillations shall be deposited into this account.  Also, at time when cemetery lots can be sold by the Homestead Cemetery Board 100% of monies collected will be deposited into this account.

  

FINANCE

The Board of Trustees of the Homestead Cemetery shall review annually and designate a depository for funds of the Board.  All funds withdrawn shall be by the signature of either the President or Treasurer. The Board shall establish the procedure/requirement for the issuance of checks.

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Rules and Regulations for the government of the Homestead Cemetery Board provide for the Trustees to have full authority to prescribe such rules and regulations as necessary to insure proper management, maintenance, care, preservation, and for the security and protection of the Homestead Cemetery.

 

 AMENDMENTS

Any Amendment to these Bylaws shall be proposed by resolution in writing. Such resolution may be discussed, amended, or otherwise altered in accordance with parliamentary procedure, and when called for a vote, shall be balloted upon at the meeting. If the Resolution or amended Resolution be adopted by a 2/3 majority vote of the members present, the same shall become effective. No vote shall be taken unless the Secretary has given written notice to all Company members, including the proposed changes, not less than seven (7) days prior to the date and time and place of such meeting.

 

BURIAL ELIGIBILITY

The Homestead Cemetery was established for the purpose of providing burial space for the citizens of the Steel Valley Communities. The families who have purchased burial plots are eligible for burial in the Homestead Cemetery.

 

RULES FOR BURIAL

The Homestead Cemetery does not sell burial spaces. The Cemetery is operated and maintained by the Homestead Cemetery Board.  The following rules for use of the Cemetery establish your responsibilities, those of this Board and the mortuary of your choice. They will be of assistance to you when the time comes to have a burial in the Homestead Cemetery.

  1. Contact one of the Cemetery Trustees and state your desire to use the Homestead Cemetery.

    1. Establish with that Trustee your eligibility to use the Cemetery. One of the following conditions must be met for a person to be buried at the Homestead Cemetery:

      1. Ownership through a recorded deeded lot.

      2. Family of responsible party to opening a grave.

  2. Payment for opening and closing:

    1. After your eligibility is established, assist the trustee in determining the appropriate gravesite for burial.

  3. Make funeral arrangements with the funeral home of your choice. Remind your funeral director that he/she must obtain a signed burial permit from a Trustee before burial arrangements can be completed.

  4. If records of this Company do not reflect your immediate past giving to maintain the Homestead Cemetery, a minimum contribution of $100.00 must be made to the Homestead Cemetery Endowment before the burial permit is completed for your funeral director.

  5. With a signed burial permit in hand, your funeral director will arrange for opening and closing the grave as well as other services you will request of him/her.

  6. The scattering of cremated remains over any portion of Cemetery property, including owned lots, unused lots, roadways, etc., is strictly prohibited. Instances of scattering within Homestead Cemetery property will be investigated by local police and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.