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Check ordinance before holding a yard sale

February 24, 2011

CHARLESTOWN – Looking to hold a yard sale in town once the weather warms up? Be sure to check the town's recently amended ordinance on yard sales beforehand.

Amendments the ordinance were brought forward by the town clerk's office late last year and then subsequently discussed and fine-tuned at the ensuing Town Council meetings. Then, the council acted on the amendments at the meeting last Monday, Feb. 14, after hearing from one resident.

Beth Richardson said there shouldn't limitations on the number of yard sales an individual can hold and there shouldn't be a need for permits. “I don't think people of means hold yard sales. People who need money hold them,” she said, adding that those individuals would be the ones who would have troubling getting to Town Hall to get a permit.

“I don't see the purpose of this,” Richardson added.

Councilor Gregory Avedisian agreed with her and explained that the only reason he has gone along with the amendments is because they allow enforcement and regulation by the police department “for those rare occasions of people having a yard sale every weekend, all summer long.”

Read more in this week's The Chariho Times.

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