Village of Clive council, at is regular meeting March 13, gave first reading to an updated cemetery bylaw.
The updated bylaw allows for polypropylene containers for casket burials. Previously Clive only allowed concrete.
“They are cheaper and just as strong,” said Clive Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney, adding that the village has had requests for polypropylene from both families and funeral homes.
Clive will also now allow a maximum of four human remains to be interred in each plot; up to one casket and up to three cremated remains per plot.
A monument permit is also required to install any monuments.
“Maintenance guidelines were set out to ensure the safety of the public and preserve the dignity of the cemetery,” said CAO Kenney.
Grave decorations such as vases, solar lights or any other materials must be permanently attached to the monument or marker. Glass decorations of any kind are not permitted.
Flowering ornamental plants may be planted on plots provided they are maintained by the next of kin. Trees, shrubs, creepers and climbers shall be planted only by employees of the village, said CAO Kenney.
The complete bylaw can be viewed on the Village website. Anyone wanting more information can contact the village office or any Village Councillor.
Council will consider any changes to the bylaw at its second and third readings.
New entrance sign
Clive will finally replace its entrance sign for under $10,000 after setting aside the money in reserves about two years ago.
“Council authorized the colours and it will be in place by June,” said Clive Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Carla Kenney.
The sign will have the village’s logo colours, black with yellow and white background. Clive awarded the contracted to Lacombe Signmasters.
Clive, however, is still lobbying the provincial government for an illuminated sign at the Highway 12 turnoff to Clive, which land falls within the province’s jurisdiction.
“We are working with Alberta Transportation for the Highway 12 Clive Access Road Project,” said CAO Kenney.