In 1991, the Directors of the District asked the Board of Supervisors to adopt a resolution authorizing the District to operate the Cemetery. County Counsel's opinion was that the District lacked the legal authority to operate a cemetery. A public cemetery may only be lawfully operated by a county, city, public cemetery district, or fraternal organizations. The Board of Supervisors did not adopt the resolution.
In March 1993, the District sent a letter to all Volcano residents stating that it was in the process of closing the cemetery to operate it as a park. This letter requested a written response from those with prior arrangements for burial there. The letter also stated a donation to maintain the park would "be accepted" at the "time of usage." Donations were to be paid to the Volcano Community Association Cemetery Fund.
During our November 1996 interview with a director of the Volcano Community Service District, the Director stated that the District had mandated the cemetery to be a "memorial park" with an occasional burial. Only one person has been buried in the cemetery in the last six years.
The Volcano Community Association, a volunteer organization separate from the Volcano Community Service District, handles all donations to the community including those for burial plots.
An effort to map available plots at the cemetery has been underway for the past three years. There are 283 identified burials and it is believed that about 20 plots will be available.
Sales of plots to the public have been restricted because there are no procedures for the selection and purchase of available plots.
There should be a fair and equitable procedure for members of the community who desire burial in the Cemetery to apply for and purchase available plots.
Sales of plots cannot realistically begin until the mapping of the Cemetery is completed.
Price all available plots comparable to those in surrounding communities.
Establish a procedure for the public selection and purchase of available plots.
That the Board of Supervisors and District adopt one of County Counsel's recommendations for the operation of the Cemetery as set forth in his letter dated September 17, 1991: