Cemetery Department

The Cemetery Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of seven Town cemeteries. Sudbury residents and previous Sudbury residents may purchase cemetery lots.
 
Lots are currently available in New Town, Mount Pleasant and New North Cemeteries.
 
The costs for graves are as follows:
One full grave: $551.00 (1/4 lot)
Two full graves: $1,101.00 (1/2 lot)
Four full graves: $2,201.00 (1 full lot)

Opening Charges: Weekday $400.00; Saturday $500.00

 

One cremation grave: $251.00 (in designated area)
          
Opening Charge:  Weekday cremation $100.00; Saturday cremation  $200.00
Lots are available in designated cemeteries.
 
For specific details concerning a lot or burial, please contact the Cemetery Superintendent at 978-443-2209, extension 1236.

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Question
Can the funding model for Cemetery maintenance be changed?

We are looking into modifying the funding model to add additional charges that would be immediately “expendable” by the DPW and putting those funds into a revolving fund instead of a trust fund. But with only 50 lots purchased in a typical year, this would generate limited funds for current spending.

Does relying on the interest earnings provide enough funding for proper maintenance of the Town’s cemeteries?

No.   The Public Works Department typically requires about $60,000 annually to properly maintain the cemeteries and up until a few years ago the Trust generated about half of what is needed and the Town’s general fund has covered the rest. 

How is the $412.50 spent for the maintenance of the cemetery?

The money is never actually spent by the Town.  Instead, the interest earnings from the investment of the Trust’s principal each year provides the funding for the improvement and maintenance of the Town’s cemeteries.  In this way, the fund is “perpetual” and can last long into the future.

Is there anything families can do to improve the upkeep of the Cemeteries?

Families are welcome to do personal tending of the shrubbery planted at their loved one’s gravesite, but no outside major equipment or contractors may be brought into the Town’s Cemeteries.  We can all hope for the economy to recover so that the earnings from the Perpetual Care Trust are back to healthy levels. 

What happened in 2009 and 2010? It appears that the cemeteries are only being minimally maintained?

With the recession, interest rates on all kinds of investments have fallen below 1%, which then reduces the dollars available to the DPW for maintenance of the cemeteries.  The DPW generally does not spend all interest earnings in one year and instead keep some in reserves to provide for down economic cycles, but this recession has been so profound and long lasting, by the beginning of FY11, the reserves had been used up so that current spending is only the level of current earnings, which is less than $10,000. 

What happens to the $412.50 once it is received by the Town?

The amount is paid over to the Town’s Treasurer’s office, which places the money in the Perpetual Care Trust Fund. The monies are then combined with all other perpetual care funds taken in by the town since 1902 to become the non-expendable principal of the trust. 

What is the Town doing given this lack of funding for cemetery maintenance?

With all the demands on the Town’s general operating funds, there are no good alternatives for the Town.  The DPW Director is trying to have DPW staff as available spend whatever time they can find on performing at least minimal work at the Cemetery, but with 27 acres of cemetery land, clearly we cannot keep up with the standard of maintenance of the Cemeteries that we all would like to see.  We know this is disheartening to family members, just as it is to the Town personnel who take pride in keeping the Cemeteries well tended and a place of comfort and solace to family members. 

Where do the funds to maintain the Town’s cemeteries come from?

For the most part, the funding comes from the price residents pay for a grave. The price for each grave ($551 as of 2010) sold by the Town has three components: $137.50 is for the land itself, $1 is for recording the deed to that land, and the balance - $412.50 or 75% of the total charged – goes toward the perpetual care of the Town’s Cemeteries.

Who oversees the investment of the Perpetual Care Trust?

The Perpetual Trust fund (valued in November 2010 at $749,460) is among 17 trust funds which are managed by the Town’s Treasurer, with assistance from an investment advisory committee comprised of three residents with extensive experience in the investment management field.  Quarterly trust fund reports are made to the Board of Selectmen, who together with the Town’s Treasurer, serve as the Trustees of all the Town’s trusts. The quarterly reports are available in the Treasurer’s office or the Selectmen’s office. The effects of this economy are felt among the Town’s trusts just as they are on other institutional trusts. 

Cemetery Departmentcemetery@sudbury.ma.us | 978-440-5436

Name Position Office Location
Scott Taylor Foreman, Trees & Cemetery/HEO Highway / DPW Building
Joseph Amato Heavy Equip Oper/Crew Ldr. Highway / DPW Building
Timothy Scalisi Heavy Equipment Operator Highway / DPW Building
Steve Dorcas Heavy Equipment Operator Highway / DPW Building
Paul Spinetto, Jr. Light Equipment Operator DPW Building

Department of Public WorksDPW@sudbury.ma.us | (978) 440-5421

Name Position Office Location
William Place Dir of Public Works DPW Building
Nancy Azzariti Management Analyst DPW Building
Andrea Moura Department Assistant DPW Building
Alison Boland Office Supervisor DPW Building
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