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Yard sale sign ordinance softened

After fielding complaints and concerns from the community, Sunnyside City Council members voted Monday night to ease some restrictions on the town's yard sale sign ordinance.

Previously, those holding a yard sale could only post a sign on their property.

Council member Bruce Epps said he has received complaints from at least 15 citizens.

"I appreciate the work put into this (ordinance) but I would like to see a change allowing two signs within a two-block area," Epps said.

He suggested that the signs would require permission from the property owner on the land which the sign would be placed. Placing signs on public property would still be disallowed.

Noting that Sunnyside at one time seemed to have a yard sale sign "on every corner," Council member Bill Gant said he understands why a tighter ordinance is required, but agreed with Epps that more flexibility was needed.

Gant suggested that if the two-signs within two blocks revision is abused, then council could always tighten the ordinance again at a future date.

The two signs within a two-block area revision was approved, with the proviso that all posted yard sale signs have the address of the location.

Council member Theresa Hancock echoed previous thoughts on providing flexibility in the law, and added that requiring the street address to be written on the sign would provide accountability if the signs aren't removed in a timely fashion.

Mayor Ed Prilucik asked city staff to draft the revision into an official ordinance for action at the next council meeting on May 22.

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