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S'side to revisit yard sale sign restrictions

"Do you know where 314 Peach Avenue is?" Lorenzo Garza asked the Sunnyside City Council last night.

There was no reply from council regarding the whereabouts of the little-known dead end street where Garza lives, which was his point exactly.

"My daughters were trying to have a yard sale last Saturday to make money for a prom dress, but a code enforcement officer said we had to take down the signs," Garza told council.

Since Peach Avenue was out of the way for most would-be shoppers, Garza said he needed to put the signs further out where people could be directed to the yard sale.

But a city ordinance regarding yard sales stipulates that the signs must only be posted on the property holding the sale.

Garza said it is his understanding that a letter will be sent to him regarding his violation of the code and possible fines.

"If that's the case, I'll probably be coming before you again," he said.

Garza said he understands the city's wish to minimize litter from yard sale signs, but felt that yard sales "should be fun". He added, "I was just trying to teach my kids how to make a little money."

Mayor Ed Prilucik responded that the city code is well spelled out regarding the requirement to only post yard sale signs on the property holding the sale.

City Manager Bob Stockwell added that the ordinance is printed in both Spanish and English for those holding yard sales.

Councilman Bruce Epps requested that the yard sale ordinance be put on the agenda for the next council meeting on May 9, stating, "I think there could be some minor changes to the rule so it works better for people."

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