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Dresden considers ordinance on yard sales

Dresden considers ordinance on yard sales
Special to the Press
The Dresden board of mayor and aldermen passed the first reading of an ordinance Monday night that would limit the number of yard sales per household to four sales per year.
If passed,  Ordinance 2013-07 would require permits for yard sales and regulate the conduct of yard sales. The ordinance would also limit the number of yard sales allowed.
“It’s been brought to my attention that several places are running a business but calling it a yard sale,” Alderman Donnie Essary said. “I think there needs to be something done.”
The ordinance allows for four yard sales per household in any 12 month period, with only one yard sale allowed per quarter. All yard sales would require a permit and the city-wide yard sale would not count against the allowance.
Yard sales would only be allowed Thursday through Saturday. The board faced a similar ordinance several years ago, but no action was taken.
The board passed the first reading with a vote of 5-1. There will be a public hearing for Ordinance 2013-07 on Nov. 15 at 5:45 p.m. at Dresden City Hall. The regular meeting will follow at 6 p.m.
The board also heard a presentation by Bryan Barker, of Barker Brothers Waste, Inc., on curbside recycling.
“Recycling is very important to us and every city,” Barker said.
In order to offer curbside recycling, residents would pay $1 more a month to cover a second bin that would be designated for recycling. Recycling pick-up would alternate every other week with trash pick-up in between.
According to Barker, each household should have an average of 8-10 pounds of recycling within the first few weeks. As time progresses, that should increase to around 25-28 pounds of recyclable products.
Barker informed the board that he would make a proposal to the company to lock the fuel and environmental fees for a year and defer a price increase for five year. The board will discuss the option for curbside recycling at the next meeting.
The board also unanimously passed Ordinance 2013-06, regarding the drainage repair, and Ordinance 2013-05, regarding the rezoning of 340 Pikeview St.
The Parks and Recreation tractor bid was also approved, which was for a $17,575 tractor. They also accepted a grant for bullet proof vests.
The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15.
A public hearing will be held at 5:45 p.m.
Published in The WCP 11.6.12