At any joint meeting provided for by section 759.35 of the Revised Code, or at the joint meeting provided for by section 759.34 of the Revised Code, by a majority vote of all present counting members of the legislative authorities of municipal corporations and of boards of township trustees, the meeting may elect a board of cemetery trustees consisting of three members, of which one or more must be a member of each of the separate boards of township trustees and legislative authorities which comprise the union cemetery association represented by the joint meeting.
The board of cemetery trustees so elected shall have the custody of the funds derived from the tax levy provided by section 759.34 of the Revised Code, and the political subdivision shall pay the funds to the board of cemetery trustees upon its application for them. The board of cemetery trustees also shall have the custody of the funds derived from any tax levied by the union cemetery district under Chapter 5705. of the Revised Code. The board of cemetery trustees shall have all the powers and perform all the duties exercised and performed by the director of public service of a municipal corporation under sections 759.09 to 759.14 of the Revised Code. The board of cemetery trustees may create a permanent endowment fund for the express purpose of keeping the cemetery clean and in good order and may:
(A) Add to the price regularly charged for lots a sum for that purpose;
(B) Receive gifts for that purpose;
(C) Enter into separate agreements with the purchasers of lots by which an agreed part of the purchase price shall constitute a permanent fund;
(D) Receive individual gifts for the fund, the income thereof to be used for the upkeep and care of lots.
When any such funds are received or created, they shall be a permanent fund for such use and the income therefrom shall be used only for such purpose, and the principal sum shall be kept and invested under the same terms fixed by law for the investment of the funds of a minor by the minor's guardian except that upon unanimous consent of the board of cemetery trustees, the board may use the principal of the fund if the board is unable to keep the cemetery clean and in good order using only the income from the fund.
At the first election of the board of cemetery trustees, one member shall be chosen for one year, one for two years, and one for three years, together with the part of a year intervening between the time of the election and the first day of January next thereafter. Yearly thereafter, at the joint meeting held in May, one member shall be chosen for three years commencing on the first day of January next thereafter. Any regular or regularly called joint meeting of the board of township trustees and municipal legislative authority may fill vacancies occurring on the board of cemetery trustees by a majority vote of the members present, the election to be for the unexpired term.
One member of the board of cemetery trustees or a person selected by the board of trustees shall be designated the clerk-treasurer for a term not to exceed two years. The clerk-treasurer shall be compensated from the cemetery fund in an amount fixed by the board of trustees in view of the size and financial condition of the cemetery association. The clerk-treasurer shall be charged with the duty of accounting for the fund and shall be bonded in an amount equal to or greater than the amount in the fund, but not less than one thousand dollars, the bond to be subject to the approval of the board of cemetery trustees and to be paid for from the cemetery funds.
Any member of the board of cemetery trustees may be removed by the joint meeting, on a two-thirds vote of all members entitled to sit in such meeting, for misfeasance or malfeasance in office, gross neglect of duty, or gross immorality, but no member shall be so removed until having had at least ten days' notice in writing, together with a copy of the charges against the member, and an opportunity to appear and defend self either in person or by counsel.
Amended by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 64, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2015.
Effective Date: 10-20-1987 .