Cemetery Commission

Duties

The Waitsfield Cemetery Commission was formed in _________ per 18 V.S.A. § 5374. The Commission is responsible for the care and management of the Waitsfield's cemeteries, which includes the following tasks:

  • The cemetery commission may grant and/or convey by deed lots in the cemetery and may make regulations governing the sale, price, and care of the lots. 18 V.S.A. §§ 5376, 5377.
  • Cemetery commissioners may set aside a portion of the cemetery for the burial of indigent persons, and may make regulations for the use of this special area. 18 V.S.A. § 5375.
  • Cemetery commissioners may maintain the public cemeteries and hire someone to perform this work. The expenses, not to exceed $500 per year of town funds, may be paid by the commissioners drawing orders on the town treasurer. 18 V.S.A. § 5362.
  • Cemetery commissioners may grant a temporary right-of-way over private land to reach a graveyard to which there is no public right-of-way. 18 V.S.A. § 5322.
  • Cemetery commissioners must keep in repair the fence around a public burial ground. 18 V.S.A. § 5364.
  • Cemetery commissioners must submit an annual report to the town auditors, including a detailed financial statement, a listing of the work of the commissioners, and the condition and needs of the cemetery. 18 V.S.A. §§ 5379, 5380.
  • The cemetery commissioners (and not the selectboard) may appoint individuals to fill vacancies on the board until the next annual meeting, even if a majority of the positions on the commission are vacant. 18 V.S.A. § 5374.
  • A cemetery commissioner may be fined $400 for failure to keep a fence in repair after written notification of its disrepair, and may be fined $200 for the willful neglect of his or her duties. 18 V.S.A. §§ 5363, 5364.

Members and Terms

Cemetery Commission members are elected at the Annual Town Meeting  for five-year terms.

Members Term Expires
Liz Laferriere Mar. 2015
Paul Hartshorn Mar. 2016
Mike Anastos Mar. 2017
Robert Danaher Mar. 2018
Brenda Mack Mar. 2019

Trustees and Terms

Cemetery Commission members are elected at the Annual Town Meeting  for three-year terms.

Members Term Expires
Gib Geiger Mar. 2015
John "Jack" Smith Mar. 2016
Andrew Baird, Jr. Mar. 2017