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Dearing officials still debating guidelines for yard sales

It was their third reading, but Dearing Town Council members were back to square one Monday night.

Two months ago, Mayor Sean Kelley proposed an ordinance regulating yard sales within the town limits. Two public readings of an ordinance are required before a vote can take place. After hearing the complaints of several residents at the second reading of the ordinance in April, the Mayor and council members met in a work session to come up with a compromise.

The original version of the ordinance required a $10 permit to have a yard sale, limited the number of yard sales per address per year, the number of persons participating in the yard sale and the times it could take place.

The new ordinance limits the number of yard sales held per year to six, requires a permit, but no fee is charged for the application, requires all yard sale items to be removed by the end of the day the sale is held and prohibits yard sales on Sundays.

Due to the number of changes from the first proposal, the council decided to deem Monday's reading as the first reading of the ordinance. The second reading and subsequent vote will take place at the June meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11.

"Our purpose of the ordinance is not to stop yard sales," Mayor Kelley said. "It is to stop flea markets."

To ease the application process, the Mayor said applications will be available "24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year" in the night deposit box at the Town Hall.

"All it requires is for somebody to stop and fill it out, tear off the ticket and that'll be the end of it," Mayor Kelley said.

The council also discussed continuing its endeavor to charge for trash pick up, which council member Daisy Ansley voted against. The decision to pursue the endeavor by compiling an accurate list of the addresses within the city limits was approved by the other council members.

"Trash pick-up is costing the city $18,000 per year, and that's starting to add up to a lot of money," Mayor Kelley said.

Other business discussed at Monday's meeting includes the need to adopt other ordinances such as building code inspections and seeking methods to compensate the city's funds for the $2,000 monthly fee paid by the city above what is already paid by residents.

Web posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007

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