Crown Point to consider restrictions on yard sales that go on and on

2012-05-13T19:45:00Z Crown Point to consider restrictions on yard sales that go on and onBy Susan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | If a neighbor's yard sale runs every day all summer long in a residential area, it could come under city scrutiny.

Officials are preparing to tackle the issue of never-ending yard sales after several complaints, City Councilwoman Carol Drasga, R-5th, said.

The city has no problem with residents temporarily setting out items cleared out of closets, basements or garages once or twice a year, Drasga said.

"We're not against yard sales," she said.

But when the sale goes beyond a few days to the point where it's really an unregulated business, and items accumulate in the yard, it becomes a problem, Drasga said.

"It's unsightly when you live next door to that," she said.

The issue will be the topic of a meeting Wednesday of the City Council ordinance committee.

The group plans to look at what other cities and towns have done to curb the practice of yard sales that don't end after a few days, Drasga said.

"We don't currently have an ordinance that addresses that," Drasga said. "We're going to look at the whole picture and see what works best for Crown Point."

The measure eventually crafted by the ordinance committee will be subject to public hearings before being adopted, and public input will be welcome, Drasga said.

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