I found some archane provisions in the Second Class Township Code dealing with cemetaries. The Code directs that if a cemetary or burial ground is abandoned or is being neglected the township board of supervisors may give notice to the owner to clean up the weeds, debris, etc and after thirty days, the township may do the work at township expense. The statute goes on to state that the cemetary shall remain open to the public under the regulation and control of the board of supervisors.
Unfortunately, there is no other provisions for guidance to a township faced with an abandonded cemetary. One of my municipal clients has a defunct cemetary association. The supervisors are reluctant to sell any burial plots or otherwise be involved with the cemetary for fear of liability concerns. They are mowing, weeding and providing that sort of upkeep. They have asked me to give them input on how to hadle this problem.
I will update this post with my progress.