CRETE | Village President Michael Einhorn is interested in changing some out-of-date regulations concerning garage sales and swimming pools.
Specifically, he wants to end the rule that allows for only two garage sales per household per year and eliminate the rule requiring a fence around an above-ground pool.
At Monday's Village Board meeting, Einhorn asked village trustees to consider the changes.
“I just don’t know that this is that big a deal,” Einhorn said specifically of the garage sale restrictions that exist in local ordinances.
“I see here many efforts to regulate and regulate and regulate on these issues," he said of both regulations. “This is our chance to deregulate."
Einhorn said the only garage-sale regulation that is necessary is one concerning the signs people can erect to advertise such sales.
The garage sale restriction dates back decades to a time when Crete officials considered garage sales somewhat unseemly and feared some residents would try to hold regular yard sales “to make a business of it,” Einhorn said.
“I think these are a bunch of regulations we can do without," he said.
Village trustees on Monday offered up no opposition to making the change.
“I can’t envision wanting to do more than two (garage sales) a year," Trustee Larry Johnston said.
Einhorn asked Village Clerk Deborah Bachert to place the issue on the agenda for the Oct. 22 Village Board meeting.
She also will place on the agenda changes in regulations concerning swimming pools, although Einhorn said that might just consist of discussion Oct. 22, with final action coming at a later date.
What concerns Einhorn are municipal regulations requiring 6-foot-high fences around above-ground pools. Originally, village officials treated above-ground pools the same as in-ground pools, which is what the fence requirement was designed for.
“I think it’s onerous to have to put a fence around an above-ground pool,” Einhorn said, adding he also wants village officials to consider requiring owners to drain above-ground pools every winter.
He said some pool owners, particularly those who are facing tough financial times and might not be maintaining the pool properly, let them sit.
“They become a petering cesspool that attracts mosquitoes,” Einhorn said.
While none of the trustees objected, Police Chief James Paoletti said village officials need to be aware that draining an above-ground pool and leaving it empty will cause it to collapse.