Cemetery Sexton: Chris Cravens
The Cemetery Board of Trustees:
The board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 am in the township office at 205 N. State.
By-Laws of Monticello Township Cemetery
- Haneline- located on Allerton Rd, this was a private family cemetery and is 1 acre in size.
- The old Monticello City cemetery - located east of the city swimming pool.
- Monticello Township cemeteries which is now 2 cemeteries with 37 acres at 916 E. 1730 N. and 17 acres at 1720 N. State Street.
- Decorations are not allowed on the ground from March 1 to November 30 except on the following holidays
- Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Veteran's Day. Decorations are allowed on the ground on these days and for 14 days following. After 14 days the decorations will be removed by the cemetery.
- THE CEMETERY IS CLOSED FROM SUNSET TO SUNRISE
- Weekend burials are only permitted if the sexton is notified by 11:00 a.m. Friday.
- Sunday burials are only permitted if the cemetery portion of the service begins no later than 1:00 p.m. to allow for all workers to be out of the cemetery before dark.
- Plantings are not allowed and will be removed by the cemetery upon discovery.
- Existing plantings from earlier years may be removed as they become unhealthy or grow too large for the area they are in.
- Solar night lites may not be placed into the ground and must be mounted on the monument or its foundation.
- All dogs must be kept on a leash and pet waste must be collected.
Opening / closing of grave - $625 (In Township) / $1250 (Out of Township)
Cremation opening / closing - $200 (In Township) / $400 (Out of Township)
Columbarium space - $500 (In Township) plus current recording fee / $1000 (Out of Township) plus current recording fee. There is room for 2 interments in each space. Family is responsible for cost of engraving names and dates on the door to their columbarium space and must use Adams Memorials in Charleston at 1-800-252-6547.
Columbarium opening / closing - $100 (In Township) / $200 (Out of Township)
With the city cemetery (east of swimming pool today) filling up, the Monticello cemetery association was formed on July 2, 1873.This association agreed to purchase 20 acres at $50 per acre from W.E. Lodge which is on the far east side of the current cemetery.
His idea was to make the cemetery as park like as possible (which would explain the random burials and winding roads) unlike the parallel rows now commonly seen in most cemeteries (to allow for modern maintenace equipment as well as allow for getting the most lots into a given section).
The original Township Cemetery described above is located at 916 E. 1730 N. between Illinois 105 and Valentine park and between camp creek and 916 E.
The next land purchase didn't come until 1999 when 17 acres was purchased from John Dighton and is located directly south of the main cemetery with its entrance at 1720 N. State. 5 acres have been developed for burials while the other 12 acres are being farmed until needed.
A columbarium was erected in this cemetery to give the public an option for burial and to save space for the cemetery. This above ground columbarium is for cremated remains and will hold 96 burials and only takes up the space of 2 traditional burial lots.