Vernon council considers yard sale ordinance

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM.

VERNON — The Vernon City Council members discussed creating a yard sale ordinance to keep vendors off city property when they met Monday in a workshop at city hall.

Councilman Joey Brock City Clerk Dian Hendrix what could be done about the constant yard sales on city property.

“I’ve been checking into yard sale ordinances, and some cities charge up to $75 for a permit to hold a yard sale,” Hendrix said. She noted that in Dotha, Ala., residents are required to get permits for yard sales and are allowed three yard sales a year at no charge.

“After the fourth yard sale, though, you have  to pay,” she said.

“I wouldn’t want to do anything to infringe upon people’s private property,” Councilman Tray Hawkins said. “Goodness knows the government already does that enough.”

Mayor Michelle Cook agreed. “We only want to keep people from setting up on city property.”

The council members agreed to look into having an ordinance drawn up prohibiting yard sales on city property. Once the ordinance is in effect, the city can contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for help in enforcing it, Hendrix said.

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