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Published: Wednesday, 4/13/2005

Genoa: Residents' garage sales won't be regulated

Residents can have garage sales this summer without having to get a permit.

Genoa Village Council had proposed regulating garage sales because they have become so popular in the village, and because signs advertising the sales have been posted illegally in the past. But the proposed ordinance to regulate them failed by a 3-2 vote, with councilmen Doug Avery, Darryl Bittner, and Dennis McLargin voting against it. Eric Hise was absent.

Several residents had spoken out against the restrictions during the ordinance's initial readings, including Joanne Bankertz, who presented council with a petition containing 415 signatures opposing the ordinance.

If passed, the ordinance would have required residents to obtain a free permit from the Genoa Police Department before they planned to hold a garage sale, and would not have allowed residents at a single address to have more than three garage sales a year.

Each garage sale would have been limited to four consecutive days or less, and signs advertising the sale - including the size and where they could be placed - would have been regulated as well, had the ordinance been approved.

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