MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon City Council mulled over a draft version of a garage sale policy during a Planning and Zoning Committee meeting Monday night.
The policy was drafted by Safety-Service Director Dave Glass and Code Enforcement Officer Larry Fogle. The purpose is to prohibit residents from offering “perpetual” garage sales. The draft, which will be amended following suggestions from council and administration, will limit residential sales to one sale a month for no more than three days.
Residents operating more than one sale a month will be required to seek approval of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a home occupation permit.
Fogle plans to send a copy of the policy to those residents who offered excessive garage sales in 2010, as a pre-emptive measure that could possibly take care of the problem sales.
The policy will also address signage, sales on non-residential property and interference with traffic and safety.
Committee Chairwoman Nancy Vail admitted she has not heard complaints regarding garage sales in the city, but some other members of council have heard at least one complaint.
Once the policy has been approved, details will be published in the News, and available in the classified department of the News offices, 18 E. Vine St. The policy will also be made available at City Hall.
During the legislative meeting, council waived the rule for three readings and approved a resolution authorizing Glass to purchase the Dan Emmett Conference Center. The funds to purchase the building will come from Karen Wright and an unnamed benefactor. No city monies will be used in the purchase, Mavis said. A sales figure has not been released for the purchase price, nor has the identity of the benefactor been released.
Current owner, Knox Properties LLC, will upgrade the kitchen to meet the needs of The Station Break, which will occupy the building. Plans have been completed and permits have been acquired, Mavis said. Renovations are expected to be completed by the end of June so The Station Break can start to move in at the beginning of July.