Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 15, 2016
Tooele City clarifies code on funeral processions

The Tooele City Council approved an amending ordinance last week that clarifies Tooele City code regarding funeral processions.

Ordinance 2016-22 prohibits organized funeral processions except for those “conducted by Tooele City, for specific occasions, and with the aid of the Tooele City Police Department.”

Tooele City Attorney Roger Baker explained to the council on Dec. 7 that the city’s existing ordinance is “antiquated and doesn’t function very well.” He said formal funeral processions may have been the norm many years ago, but patrons at funeral homes today are advised to obey traffic laws as they drive to the cemetery.

Furthermore, he said to allow funeral home staff or citizens to help direct traffic on public streets during funeral processions is dangerous.

The amending ordinance stipulates that only the City “may close or limit access to public rights-of-way using police officers for funeral processions involving fallen police officers, fallen firefighters, fallen soldiers, elected or appointed officials who die in office, and individuals who have served Tooele City with distinction, such as former elected officials.”

Baker said Tooele City Police Chief Ron Kirby and Tate Mortuary were consulted in the process of drafting the amending ordinance. He added Tate Mortuary expressed appreciation for the city clarifying when a formal funeral procession is and is not allowed.

The council unanimously approved the ordinance.

David Bern

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
David Bern is editor of the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. The 54-year-old journalist began his career with the Transcript-Bulletin as an intern reporter from Utah State University in 1983. He joined the newsroom full time that same year after completing his internship and graduating from USU with a degree in journalism. In 1989 he became editor and served in that capacity for six years. Under his leadership, he guided the newspaper to numerous awards for journalism excellence. After briefly stepping away from the newspaper in 1995, he returned in 1996 to start Transcript Bulletin Publishing’s Corporate and Custom Publishing Division. In that capacity he served as a writer, photographer and editor for 17 years. During that time he created a variety of print and digital communication materials, including brochures, magazines, books and websites. Bern returned to serve as editor of the newspaper in January 2013.

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