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CHURUBUSCO Ââ Residents filled Churubuscoâs Town Hall to speak against the proposed garage sale ordinance, which was slated for a public hearing at the Town Council meeting Wednesday night.
In the proposed ordinance, a âgarage saleâ is defined and includes yard sales, sidewalk sales, patio sales and so forth. However, it also includes verbiage that could limit a resident from selling any personal items from their private property:
âYard sales shall includeâŠand shall mean the sale of personal/private property from a residentially-occupied site,â as it reads in the proposed ordinance.
Roger Bayford, of Churubusco, was present at the meeting and expressed a strong opinion in the wording of the proposed ordinance. He asked the council to consider keeping the existing ordinance, but adding a penalty clause in order to keep those residents accountable to the townâs policies.
âThis says I am not permitted to park a car in my yard and put a sign on it to sell it. If I do, itâs classified as a âgarage saleâ in which I am limited to how many times I can do that in a year and I have to pay a fee now,â Bayford said. âIs this what you intended when you drafted this ordinance? I donât think so. Do you even know what this ordinance says? I am asking you and all I am getting is blank stares. This is 100 percent overkill.â
Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl said the ordinance was modeled after another townâs policy.
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