VACATING CEMETERY IN TOWNSHIP (EXCERPT)
Act 49 of 1895
128.34 Reinterment of dead bodies and remains; removal and erection of fences, tombstones, and monuments; removal during certain months prohibited; exception; costs.
(1) When a cemetery is vacated as provided in this act, the township board of trustees shall cause all the dead bodies and remains buried in the cemetery to be reinterred in the cemetery of the township, if it has a cemetery, and if not, then in some suitable cemetery in an adjoining township, in a prudent, careful, and respectful manner, and shall cause to be removed and again erected over the proper remains, permanent fences around graves and lots, tombstones, and monuments, with as little injury possible. If the cemetery vacated belongs to a religious society or church, and another suitable cemetery belonging to the same church or denominational society exists within the township or an adjoining township, then the removal may be made to that cemetery instead of to the township cemetery. A removal of bodies and remains shall not be made during June, July, August, or September, except in the Upper Peninsula.
(2) The removal and the cost of the proceedings under this act shall be at the expense of, and paid by, the township in which the cemetery is situated. If the proceeding is instituted by an individual, without the consent of the township board of trustees, and the petition is denied by the court, the person instituting the proceeding shall be required to pay the costs allowed by order of the circuit court.
History: 1895, Act 49, Eff. Aug. 30, 1895
CL 1897, 2390
CL 1915, 2166
CL 1929, 2660
CL 1948, 128.34
Am. 1980, Act 367, Imd. Eff. Dec. 30, 1980
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