« Back to News & Notices

Cemetery Decoration Notice


The City of Elsberry is asking that all non-ordinance conforming decorations and flowers be removed from the Cemetery.  This is to ensure that the cemetery maintenance is done properly and in a timely manner.  All items must be removed by April 1st, 2024.  Any items remaining after April 1st, 2024, will be removed.  If you have any questions, please see ordinance number 35.400 or call City Hall (573)-898-5588.  

  • 35.400 DECORATIONS.
  1. Flowers are to be maintained and removed when they become faded and unsightly.
  2. Funeral flowers may remain on the grave for a maximum of three (3) days after burial.

After this time period, the City may remove the funeral flowers without notice.

  1. Flags may only be placed on or beside a headstone monument between three (3) days

prior to and seven (7) days after Memorial Day, July Fourth (4th), and Veterans Day.

Flags may be no larger than eighteen (18) inches by twelve (12) inches. All flags that are

faded or torn or which contain offensive language or symbols, in the opinion of the City,

will be removed by the City.

  1. Grave blankets are allowed after November first (1st) but must be removed by March first


  1. One (1) "eternal" or "memorial" type light is permitted per headstone monument. Only

battery or solar operated styles that do not flash are allowed. The light must be securely

mounted to the tombstone and be secured in such a manner that it cannot blow or fall off.

  1. No plantings other than grass are permitted on grave sites.
  2. No fences, stakes, curbs, corner markers, or rails shall be allowed, whether of material or

living substance, to mark individual lots or graves.

  1. The City reserves the right to remove and dispose of flowers that have become unsightly

or become detached from a monument without notice or compensation. The City also

reserves the right to remove all non-conforming materials including an eternal or

memorial light if it becomes a maintenance issue or exceeds the number allowed without

notice or compensation.

(Ord. 9-1-1998); amend. Ord. 2016-11-002 [Nov. 8 2016]).