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Decoration Ordinance
Decorations Removal
In order to maintain the uniformity and beauty at Valley View Cemetery and, Sunset Memorial Gardens cemetery personnel is asking the public to come and pick up their grave decorations or artificial flowers that are on loved ones gravesite before March 1st, so that staff can get ready for the grass growing season. If the decorations or artificial flowers are attached to the monument or in a vase they will be able to stay. Any items that are on the concrete or granite foundations will be able to stay. For further information and permission to display decorations during the dates listed above, please contact Valley View Cemetery at 620-276-1220.

City Ordinance - Section 30 – 43 Grave Decorations
Artificial or cut flowers in approved permanent monument vases are permitted year-round. Graves with no monument, flowers are to be placed at the head of the grave in the space provided for a monument until monument is set. At no time shall flowers not in permanent monument vases, solar lights, or other decoration be placed on a grave or in the grass area around monument from March 1st to October 31st. Winter decoration from November 1st to February 28th shall be placed around monuments as to not interfere with equipment in process of digging graves. All winter decorations and artificial flowers placed in the ground will be removed and disposed of by cemetery personnel on or after March 1st of each year. Memorial Day decorations are permitted one week before and two weeks after Memorial Day. If not removed by owner, cemetery personnel shall be authorized to remove and dispose of all decorations. Persons wanting to have temporary decoration on a grave for a period not to exceed one week must get prior permission by calling the Cemetery Director’s office. Dates to be approved for temporary decorations are the deceased person’s: Birth Date, Death Date Anniversary, Anniversary, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and national or religious holidays.

Permitted Decorations

Nothing shall be placed on any grave or lot except monuments and markers without the special written permit of the Cemetery Director, except for flowers in permanent monument vases. Wreaths, flags, and other temporary decorations shall be removed by the Cemetery Director at the Cemetery Director’s discretion. All decorations shall be placed within the boundaries of a lot or space. Any decorations placed outside of the boundaries of lot or space shall be removed by the Cemetery Director without notice to the owner or person placing the decoration at the location. The Cemetery Director shall be authorized to use the Director's discretion to remove and dispose of non-complying decorations. Unless an agreement has been made beforehand with the Cemetery Director, no articles will be returned to the owner or person placing them on lot or space.

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