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File #: 21-1304    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Department Matters
File created: 8/2/2021 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 9/21/2021 Final action: 9/21/2021
Title: Planning and Building Department, Cemeteries Division, recommending the Board receive and file an update to review the attached work plan for administration of El Dorado County-managed cemeteries. FUNDING: Fees for services, plot sales, parcel taxes for the Georgetown Cemetery Zone of Benefit, General Fund.
Attachments: 1. A - Special Districts Comparison, 2. B - Work Plan
Related files: 19-1585, 17-1213, 18-0987, 19-1323, 22-0712
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Planning and Building Department, Cemeteries Division, recommending the Board receive and file an update to review the attached work plan for administration of El Dorado County-managed cemeteries.

FUNDING: Fees for services, plot sales, parcel taxes for the Georgetown Cemetery Zone of Benefit, General Fund.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
The Cemeteries Division manages seventeen (17) public cemeteries, providing burial and other services to residents and non-residents of El Dorado County. Eight (8) of the 17 cemeteries are active, and staff handle an average of forty-five (45) burials in the course of a year. The Facilities Division performs landscape maintenance at ten (10) of these cemeteries and the Cemeteries Division manages contracts and contractors to provide landscape maintenance at five (5) cemeteries while volunteers provide occasional landscape maintenance at two (2) cemeteries. The Division also sells plots, crypts, and niches, makes arrangements for burials, and performs research to provide information to queries from the public about previous burials or other questions about El Dorado County cemeteries and assists with the work of two advisory committees: the Georgetown Zone of Benefit Advisory Committee and the countywide Cemetery Advisory Committee.

Included in the 17 cemeteries that are managed by El Dorado County are several cemeteries for which the County provides services, but does not have clear title (the titles are in the name of each cemetery). Efforts to engage in a quiet title process on these are underway with County Counsel, and are expected to be concluded by 2025.

In an effort to maximize resources, Cemeteries Division staff also handle some administrative work for the County’s two Airports. Between the two divisions there are four (4) FTEs (1.5 in Cemeteries and 2.5 in Airports), with one (1) FTE from outside this group currently assisting the Airports Division by processing airport ground leases and performing ot...

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