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FOR SALE BY OWNER: Council catches heated flap over garage sale ordinance

August 8, 2013

CHURUBUSCO ­— Residents filled Churubusco’s 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 “garage sale” 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:

“Yard sales shall include…and shall mean the sale of personal/private property from a residentially-occupied site,” 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 town’s policies.

“This says I am not permitted to park a car in my yard and put a sign on it to sell it. If I do, it’s classified as a ‘garage sale’ in which I am limited to how many times I can do that in a year and I have to pay a fee now,” Bayford said. “Is this what you intended when you drafted this ordinance? I don’t 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.”

Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl said the ordinance was modeled after another town’s policy.

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