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May 22, 2013

Berea relaxes yard sale ordinance, may restrict fireworks

BEREA — The Berea City Council adopted a new yard sale ordinance Tuesday, but only after it was amended twice.

Passed by a 6-2 vote, the ordinance will allow Berea residents to participate in the US 25 Yard Sale, June 6-8. It establishes limits on when and where yard sales may take place.

The council unanimously amended a section of the ordinance that restricted the number of permits someone could obtain in 12 months based on name and location, to apply only to a location.

Yard sale permits will be issued to an address for three two-day sales or two three-day sales. Sales must be 30 days apart.

Another amendment to the ordinance lowered the permit fee from $5 to $2. Mayor Steven Connelly said the fee is designed to cover the administrative cost of issuing a permit, rather than to produce revenue. This amendment also passed 6-2.

Council member Virgil Burnside, who voted against the fee amendment, said it set a bad precedent for setting administrative fees.

“There's a process,” Burnside said. “I think we ought to stick with the process that other people are familiar with in this case.”

In other business, the council heard first reading of a fireworks ordinance. It would require a permit from the fire chief at least 20 days before a business could sell fireworks. Permanent fireworks retailers will be limited to certain zones, which the council has not yet determined.

The ordinance also would place time limits on when fireworks may be used. The days when fireworks may be set off, as well as hours, will be limited.

Fireworks would be allowed until midnight on New Year's Eve, July 3 and 4, Memorial Day, and any day the city council allows.

Seth Littrell can be reached at slittrell@

richmondregister.com

or at 624-6623.

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