Bucks County Coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell presented the county’s need for a columbarium to store unclaimed cremated remains of deceased citizens to the Plumstead supervisors at their meeting last week.
Currently, the county facility in Warminster stores over 200 individuals’ ash remains. The county search for building sites to use has led to the Plumsteadville Cemetary on Kellers Church Road across from the Shelly Funeral home.
Plumstead Township inherited the cemetery, after Doylestown Presbyterian Church abandoned the operation. According to supervisor Nick Lykon Pennsylvania law requires that $50,000 be placed in escrow for perpetual care. Without this, burial lots cannot be sold.
Dr. Campbell said, “This is a win, win for everyone since the county will pay the escrow.” The county will fund the building and maintenance could be shared by the township and county.
Representing Zaveta Custom Homes, Travis Hutchison explained the building design as classic and timeless Bucks County, measuring 10 by 16 feet. Earthtones of hand packed brick, composite trim, door and shutters are planned to withstand weathering.
Inside shelving will create a couple thousand niches. A service would be held once a year at the columbarium.
The supervisors agreed to consider the plan with lots of details remaining to be discussed.