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  Item No. 18.       
Meeting Date: 02/14/2019  
COMMITTEE: General Service  
CONTACT: Elizabeth Gilbert CHAIR: Savino Sanchez

ACTION REQUESTED:
Resolution 19-10 Discuss and consider approval for an increase in the Weekend and Overtime Burial Fee at South Park Cemetery.(Sanchez/Gilbert)
BACKGROUND:
South Park Cemetery conducts burial services throughout the week and works with the city’s three funeral homes to schedule these services. Services are conducted from 9 to 3 Monday to Friday and 9 to 12 Saturday. Staff is available during this time to conduct services. Currently, any services that occur outside of these hours are charged the Weekend and Overtime Burial Fee in addition to the Open and Close Fee.
 
The Weekend and Overtime Burial Fee no longer covers the expense incurred by the department to come in after hours. When conducting services outside normal hours, the department must prepare for and staff the service which results in overtime for the staff. Additionally, the staff must mobilize equipment and utilize fuel to conduct the services. In those circumstances where after hours services occur, this fee will properly support the activities of the department allowing the Cemetery to continue to provide quality service to the citizens of Roswell.
 
Due to the size of the increase, the department will work with the funeral homes to accommodate services during normal hours as much as possible. The department will also notify the funeral homes of the change and implement it accordingly.
 
As part of this change, the Department considered split shifts to better staff Saturday services. The current practice is to work with the schedule of the families and charge the existing fee only in those cases where the service falls outside of normal hours. This review showed that other services of the Department, such as maintenance, would suffer more significantly with split shifts than changing the current practice. 
FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION
The current Weekend and Overtime Burial Fee is $200. The proposed fee is $700. This will help to properly support the services being provided by the department when these services are conducted. In the future, the department will review its fees more regularly to ensure the fees are keeping pace with the expenses of the department.
LEGAL REVIEW:
Not Applicable
BOARD AND COMMITTEE ACTION:
Cemetery Board discussed and approved to recommend to the General Services Committee an increase from $200 to $700 for the Weekend and Overtime Burial Fee. General Services Committee recommended approval to City Council of Resolution 19-10 with a vote of 3-0 at its January 23, 2019 meeting.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION:
Approve Resolution 19-10 to increase the Weekend and Overtime Burial Fee at South Park Cemetery as presented.
Attachments
ATT 1 Resolution 19-10 Cemetery Weekend and Overtime Burial Fee


    

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