Rules & Regulations

Fees & Regulations - Ordinance 2014-164
The Aurora Cemetery is located on SR 43 and it is divided into 8 sections: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, GB, and I. Burials date back to the early 1800's and it is the final resting place for many veterans from the Revolutionary War to the present time.

Graves are available in Sections C, E, F, G, GB, and I. Section GB is reserved for baby interments while section G is reserved for veterans and immediate family members. There are no graves available for purchase in Sections A, B, D. Graves now purchased in Section C may be used only for ash interments due to the density of the surrounding monuments.

Grave purchases in the veterans section are arranged by the local VFW Post 2629 by Albert Wagner at 330-562-7161. Contact the Service Department at 330-995-9116 for additional information, to arrange regular burials, or for the purchase of regular graves, other than for the Veterans Section.

Burial Regulations
All burial receptacles which exceed 50 inches in length shall be constructed of reinforced concrete, metal, or other similar permanent material commonly accepted for burial purposes, the composition and design of which shall be subject to the approval of the Service Director. This rule does not apply to indigent interments. In any 1 gravesite, one of the following combinations is permitted:
  • 1 vault interment
  • 1 ash interment
  • 1 vault interment with 1 ash interment on top of vault; vault burial must precede the ash burial.
  • 2 ash interments
Monument Foundations
Monument foundations shall be installed only by the City of Aurora and the cost thereof billed and paid for by the monument company, or the lot owner before installation. The city shall provide a foundation free of charge for a veteran’s monument furnished by the U.S. government. All foundation bases shall be below ground and/or flush with existing ground elevation.

Grave Markers
Flush monuments only are permitted in Sections E and G; these monuments are placed at the foot of the grave.

Above-ground and/or flush monuments are permitted in Sections A, B, C, D, F, GB, and I. Monuments in these sections will usually be placed on the head of the grave, since there is a mixture of headstones and footstones in some parts of these sections. A decision to place a monument at other than the head location may be made jointly with the family and the Service Department if the proposed placement may not be aesthetically pleasing with the surrounding monuments.

Plantings / Decorations for All Sections
No planting of trees, shrubs, or bushes is permitted without prior approval of the Cemetery Sexton. Requests may be provided in writing to the Service Director. The planting of annual / perennial flowers or placement of artificial flowers and miscellaneous decorations is permitted at the gravesite generally within the 1-foot perimeter around the monument area. Decorations must be kept in front of or back of a monument placed in a cement pre-cast foundation (veteran bronze monument) as this type of foundation may exceed respective gravesite boundaries, restricting grounds maintenance or encroaching on another gravesite. The department will advise when this situation occurs.

Those who place decorations on the gravesites are requested to maintain these items. There are trash cans available for disposal of items and access to water. The city does not assume liability for missing flower containers or damage to decorations / plants. The Department of Public Service conducts 2 annual cemetery cleanups: spring and fall. Weathered and unseasonal decorations / plants may be removed and disposed of at the discretion of the cemetery crew at anytime of the year.

Fees
Fees are subject to change by the City of Aurora without notice. Traditionally, the fees are increased on January 1 of a new year authorized per city ordinance based on the cost-of-living index. Grave and burial fees must be paid prior to burial. Fees for the services rendered and work performed in the Aurora Cemetery by city employees shall be as set forth in the following fee schedule and shall apply to all sections of the Aurora Cemetery.

The fees for 2015 are:
Services Resident Non-Resident
Grave Space***
Grave Space (Veterans Section)
$518
$200
$903
$200
Adult Interment * $518 $903
Ash Interment * $149 $299
Ash/Vault Interment (Infant) $149 $299
Disinterment (hourly)** $742 $742
Foundations (per sq. ft.)
Cement / upright monuments
$82 $82
Gravel/ flush monuments (per sq. ft.) $42 $42
Pre-cast concrete, single size (Bronze-type markers) (per sq. ft., plus $56 per slab (Not federally issued)
$47
Plus $58 labor
$47
Plus $58 labor
* Prior-resident with previously owned lots shall be charged the residential fee.
** This cost does not include materials.
*** Includes grading, fertilizer, seeding, perpetual care

Please note: Add 50% for interments on Saturday or city-observed holiday.
Burial services scheduled that would require the cemetery crew to work beyond normal workhours (after 4 p.m.) will be charged an additional "overtime" fee based on individual circumstances as determined by the Service Director.