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Posted on: April 12, 2018

Cemetery Rules & Regulations Update

Union Cemetery

The City of Newton has operated Union Cemetery for many years, and had recently assumed control of Memorial Park Cemetery. Because the City’s cemetery rules and regulations did not apply to the operations of Memorial Park Cemetery, a new set of rules and regulations covering both City cemeteries were needed.

In 2017 City staff began preparing a set of proposed rules, based on the existing rules already in place at Union Cemetery. Staff also sought the input of local funeral homes, monument companies, and Veteran’s groups several times throughout the process. On March 19, 2018, the Newton City Council approved by resolution the 2018 Cemetery Rules and Regulations.

The new rules and regulations consist of mainly additions related to Memorial Park Cemetery, revisions in addresses and titles as a result of the 2017 reorganization in Public Works, and clarifications of vague or incomplete rules. Per the Veteran’s comments, only a few minor clarifications were made in those sections related to Veteran’s Blocks V-1 and V-2 at Union Cemetery.

The new rules and regulations can be viewed at:

Please call 641-792-7116 with any questions related to the cemeteries.

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