The ordinance would have prohibited city residents from holding more than two yard sales in a 12-month period and from having sales that would last for more than three consecutive days. It would have also limited advertising on the property to a sign no higher than three-and-a-half feet off the ground and that read only, “Yard Sale” on the day of the sale. Advertising the day and address of the sale would be allowed on other property as long as permission was obtained from the owner. Signs would have to be removed within 24 after the end of the sale.
The ordinance would have also prohibited people from posting signs on telephone or electricity poles, posts or trees located on a street right-of-way. Violating the ordinance would have resulted in a $25 fine for the first offense and $50 for each additional time.
Councilmember Manuel Brown was the first to speak out against the ordinance as written. He said that while it might be a good idea to enforce yard sale regulations of some kind, he thought that limiting households to two sales a year was too restrictive. Rogers said that the city had received complaints about people having frequent, sometimes even weekly, yard sales and that they were leaving items and trash in their yards. She also noted that many of these people don’t take their signs down after the sales are over. She said that when people are having constant yard sale, it is akin to running a business without paying license fees.
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