By-Laws of Monticello Township Cemetery
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Sexton: Chris Cravens, Trustee: Mike Harris, Trustee: John Heider
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Trustee: Clark Kathy Brown, Trustee: Juli Clodfelter
The Monticello Township cemetery is responsible for the maintenance of the following cemeteries:
Decorating rules and regulations:
THE CEMETERY IS CLOSED FROM SUNSET TO SUNRISE
Opening / closing of grave - $625 (In Township) / $1250 (Out of Township)
Cremation opening / closing - $200 (In Township - 10" or less) / $300 (In Township - greater than 10") / $400 (Out of Township - 10" or less) / $600 (Out of Township - greater than 10")
Columbarium space - $500 (In Township) plus current recording fee / $1000 (Out of Township) plus current recording fee. There is room for 2 interments in each space. Family is responsible for cost of engraving names and dates on the door to their columbarium space and must use Adams Memorials in Charleston at 1-800-252-6547.
Columbarium opening / closing - $100 (In Township) / $200 (Out of Township)
With the city cemetery (east of swimming pool today) filling up, the Monticello cemetery association was formed on July 2, 1873.This association agreed to purchase 20 acres at $50 per acre from W.E. Lodge which is on the far east side of the current cemetery.
His idea was to make the cemetery as park like as possible (which would explain the random burials and winding roads) unlike the parallel rows now commonly seen in most cemeteries (to allow for modern maintenace equipment as well as allow for getting the most lots into a given section).
The original Township Cemetery described above is located at 916 E. 1730 N. between Illinois 105 and Valentine park and between camp creek and 916 E.
The next land purchase didn't come until 1999 when 17 acres was purchased from John Dighton and is located directly south of the main cemetery with its entrance at 1720 N. State. 5 acres have been developed for burials while the other 12 acres are being farmed until needed.
A columbarium was erected in this cemetery to give the public an option for burial and to save space for the cemetery. This above ground columbarium is for cremated remains and will hold 96 burials and only takes up the space of 2 traditional burial lots.