Item 10: Chapter 22, Cemeteries, of the San Marcos City Code

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COSM_Admin

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Consider approval of Ordinance 2023-28, on the first of two readings, amending Chapter 22, Cemeteries, of the San Marcos City Code by, among other things, correcting typographical errors in various sections and amending Sections 22.013 and 22.014; adopting a fee schedule related to the use and operation of the cemetery; providing for the repeal of any conflicting provisions; and providing an effective date.
 

JHughson

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These prices seem a bit high for the columbarium.
What was the total cost of the columbarium? Including installation.
The ossuary?
At what point (number of niches paid) do we break even on the columbarium?
Same for the ossuary.
 

COSM_Admin

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Response provided by Jamie Lee Case, Director of Parks and Recreation:
Mayor Hughson:
These prices seem a bit high for the columbarium.
What was the total cost of the columbarium? Including installation.
The ossuary?
At what point (number of niches paid) do we break even on the columbarium?
Same for the ossuary.

The total cost of the Columbarium and Ossuary Construction and Installation was $150,828.50.
These were quoted as one manufactured piece with the Ossuary in the middle so there isn’t a separate price for the Ossuary available.
Staff presented the Cemetery Commission with various the pricing options including pricing from other available columbariums within our area along the I35 corridor.
Those options were privately owned due to other municipalities not providing columbarium or ossuary options at this time.

The average cost was $4,000 for two urns per niche.
The industry standard according to our vendor is that the Tier 1 niches are a higher percentage of the overall cost due to the eye level location and the remaining tiers drop from there.
To keep the Ossuary pricing low it is only programmed at 5% of the total cost of the project.

The Cemetery Commission recommended a lower rate than the average along the corridor, but I have broken it down by tier below for ease of reference and will have this spreadsheet available for staff to bring up on the screen for Council’s use for live updates.

Tier 1– Resident Cost Recovery Information

Tier 2– Resident Cost Recovery Information

Tier 3– Resident Cost Recovery Information

Ossuary– Resident Cost Recovery Information
 

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