Tulare Public Cemetery District to Remove All Upright Monument Flower Vases at the Kern Avenue Cemetery Starting October 1
At the Tulare Public Cemetery Board meeting August 29, 2019 it was voted to remove upright monument flower vases at the Kern Avenue cemetery beginning October 1, 2019. This action was taken because of mosquitoes that have bred in large numbers from water retained in the monument flower vases from lawn watering at the cemetery. After reviewing information provided by the Tulare Mosquito Abatement District of the unusually large number of mosquitoes being trapped by the District at the Kern Ave Cemetery and the day and nighttime varieties of mosquitoes found in their traps at this cemetery, it was decided to remove the monument flower vases as a source of standing water. The monument flower vase in ground receptacle can still be used for flowers but not in the removable upright vases. The Tulare Mosquito Abatement District has in the recent past and will continue to treat the Kern Ave cemetery property to reduce the mosquito numbers, but the standing water in the upright monument flower vases are a continual mosquito breeding source.
The monument flower vases are not the property of the Tulare Cemetery district, but of the owner of any burial plot(s) at the Kern Cemetery located at 900 E Kern Avenue in Tulare. It is asked that the owners of the monument flower vases remove them or turn them upside down completely recessed into the receptacle before October 1, 2019. After this date the Tulare Cemetery District will remove and store any monument flower vases found upright or not completely recessed into the receptacle. The monument flower vases will be retained for an undetermined time, but there are no plans to allow them to be installed in the future.
This action does not apply to the other cemetery property operated by the Tulare Public Cemetery District, called the North Cemetery, located at 4572 J St in Tulare.
For information from the Tulare Public Cemetery please contact Leonor Castañeda at (559) 686-5544 or [email protected]. The Tulare Public Cemetery office is located at the Kern Cemetery, 900 E. Kern Ave in Tulare.
For information from the Tulare Mosquito Abatement District please contact John Avila at (559) 686-6628 or [email protected].