Taneytown reconsiders yard sales Permit may not be required of residents NORTHWEST--Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown BTC

January 07, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Taneytown city officials may create an ordinance on yard sales that would be separate from the proposed law dealing with peddlers and solicitors, City Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr. said.

The original draft of the proposal angered residents because it restricted yard sales to once a year and required residents to obtain a permit to hold a yard sale.

Also under those provisions, residents would have to submit personal information and undergo an "investigation of the applicant's business and moral character" to get a permit to hold a yard sale.

"We are still recommending that people get permits to hold yard sales," Mr. Mangini said, "but there has been a lot of discussion about the procedure to follow."

The proposed ordinance was drafted by City Attorney Thomas F. Stansfield and Town Clerk/Treasurer Linda M. Hess, mainly to increase permit fees for peddlers and solicitors from $5 to $10.

The peddler would also be charged $1 for each day or $25 for each quarter the solicitation is carried out, under the proposal.

But several City Council members expressed concern over the city's lack of control over yard sales, which they believed made the town unsightly and created parking problems downtown.

To address those concerns, the proposed ordinance suggested that yard sales be placed under the same restrictions as peddlers and solicitors, which included the permit application process.

The process requires the applicant to describe "other physical characteristics" as well as height, weight, hair and eye color.

The applicant would also have to submit a statement as to whether he or she had ever been convicted of a crime or misdemeanor.

With the re-drafting of the ordinance, Mr. Mangini said, the permit process for yard sale holders would be different.

"What's being worked on right now is only a proposal," Mr. Mangini said.

"We are working to change some of the provisions and will be asking the council to consider them at their next meeting."

The next council meeting will be held Monday at city hall.

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