Lake Station council considers rummage sale limits

2013-07-22T18:42:00Z 2013-07-22T22:28:04Z Lake Station council considers rummage sale limitsDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

LAKE STATION | City officials plan to limit the number of rummage sales residents can hold to three a year.

The proposal was discussed at a City Council workshop session last week.

Officials also discussed adding new requirements to business licenses and eliminating or restricting to certain areas "for profit" clothing collection containers in the city.

City Councilman Todd Lara, D-at-large, said he's tired of seeing signs promoting rummage sales on every street corner.

"They're everywhere," Mayor Keith Soderquist said.

Though limited to three rummage sales a year, residents also would be able to participate in two communitywide sales each year.

City Attorney Ray Szarmach asked about how estate sales would be handled.

Officials agreed estate sales would be considered a separate category and not count toward the rummage sale allotment.

Residents holding rummage sales are required to come to the clerk-treasurer's office to pick up a permit at no cost, Soderquist said.

Business licensing also was discussed and city officials agreed proof of liability insurance should be a requirement.

Szarmach said the proof of liability insurance could be added to the list of requirements businesses must meet prior to becoming licensed by the city.

Those businesses not meeting the requirement could be initially be fined $125 and eventually taken to court.

City Councilman John McDaniel, D-1st, said he'd like to eliminate from the city collection areas sponsored by "for profit" organizations.

"We started with one and now they're all over," McDaniel said.

McDaniel said many residents donate clothing and other items believing they're giving to the needy when they're not. 

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