Marysville awards contract for new columbarium

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Barry Kreiner, supervisor of Marysville DPW discusses niche rates for the Riverlawn Cemetery’s new columbarium. (Photo by JIM BLOCH)

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Marysville has awarded the bid for the fourth phase of its existing columbariums in Riverlawn Cemetery – the freestanding wall-like structures in which the cremated remains of deceased individuals are interred.

“We are completely sold out,” said Barry Kreiner, supervisor of Marysville Department of Public Works, speaking of the first three units.

Jones Monument of Port Huron was the sole bidder at $38,000. The city council unanimously voted to award the contract at its regular meeting on Jan. 13.

Two weeks later, on Jan. 27, the council unanimously approved a new fee structure for the columbarium, which features a $25 increase per niche for residents and nonresidents.

Each phase of the columbariums at Riverlawn Cemetery features two walls with 40 niches per wall, a total of 80 niches per phase. Each niche is 12-by-12-by-12 inches and may hold the cremated remains – or “cremains” – of two individuals in separate urns.

“This is the wave of the future,” said Kreiner.

Last year, for example, there were 33 full burials at Riverlawn Cemetery and the inurnment of 53 cremains.

“Are we looking at more (columbariums)?” asked Councilmember Paul Wessel.

Yes, said Kreiner. The master plan for the cemetery calls for six more additional walls.

Jones Monument installed the first three phases of the columbarium project. The first phase, built in 1996, cost $17,500. The second phase was installed in 2001 for $28,500. Jones erected the third phase in 2006 for $36,000, with the city’s Department of Public Works installing the foundation. Continued…

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When the city adopted its fee schedule for public services and products in November, there were no openings left in the six walls of columbariums, so the inurnment fees were struck from the list.

“Now that the bid (for the fourth phase) was approved, we need to approve an updated fee schedule for the niches,” said Kreiner.

Each niche will increase by $25: Residents will pay $625 for a niche in the top row, with nonresidents paying $850; for the second row, the rates are $600 and $825, respectively; for the third row, $575 and $800; the fourth row, $550 and $775; and the bottom row, $525 and $750.

Related costs remain unchanged: $120 for opening and closing the niches, $400 for engraving and an overtime rate of $225 for closings after 4 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays and Sundays.

Councilmember Wayne Pyden asked what the rationale was for the niche prices descending by row.

In the early phases, all niches were priced at the same rate, Kreiner said. The niches in the bottom rows did not start selling at a rate comparable to the upper rows until the city began tiered pricing.

Kreiner said, “Everyone wants to be on top.”

Jim Bloch is a freelance writer. Contact him at [email protected]

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Marysville has awarded the bid for the fourth phase of its existing columbariums in Riverlawn Cemetery – the freestanding wall-like structures in which the cremated remains of deceased individuals are interred.

“We are completely sold out,” said Barry Kreiner, supervisor of Marysville Department of Public Works, speaking of the first three units.

Jones Monument of Port Huron was the sole bidder at $38,000. The city council unanimously voted to award the contract at its regular meeting on Jan. 13.

Two weeks later, on Jan. 27, the council unanimously approved a new fee structure for the columbarium, which features a $25 increase per niche for residents and nonresidents.

Each phase of the columbariums at Riverlawn Cemetery features two walls with 40 niches per wall, a total of 80 niches per phase. Each niche is 12-by-12-by-12 inches and may hold the cremated remains – or “cremains” – of two individuals in separate urns.

“This is the wave of the future,” said Kreiner.

Last year, for example, there were 33 full burials at Riverlawn Cemetery and the inurnment of 53 cremains.

“Are we looking at more (columbariums)?” asked Councilmember Paul Wessel.

Yes, said Kreiner. The master plan for the cemetery calls for six more additional walls.

Jones Monument installed the first three phases of the columbarium project. The first phase, built in 1996, cost $17,500. The second phase was installed in 2001 for $28,500. Jones erected the third phase in 2006 for $36,000, with the city’s Department of Public Works installing the foundation.

When the city adopted its fee schedule for public services and products in November, there were no openings left in the six walls of columbariums, so the inurnment fees were struck from the list.

“Now that the bid (for the fourth phase) was approved, we need to approve an updated fee schedule for the niches,” said Kreiner.

Each niche will increase by $25: Residents will pay $625 for a niche in the top row, with nonresidents paying $850; for the second row, the rates are $600 and $825, respectively; for the third row, $575 and $800; the fourth row, $550 and $775; and the bottom row, $525 and $750.

Related costs remain unchanged: $120 for opening and closing the niches, $400 for engraving and an overtime rate of $225 for closings after 4 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays and Sundays.

Councilmember Wayne Pyden asked what the rationale was for the niche prices descending by row.

In the early phases, all niches were priced at the same rate, Kreiner said. The niches in the bottom rows did not start selling at a rate comparable to the upper rows until the city began tiered pricing.

Kreiner said, “Everyone wants to be on top.”

Jim Bloch is a freelance writer. Contact him at [email protected]

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