Yard Sale Ordinance Amended; Tight Restrictions On The Way
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Our readers requested a follow-up on the amended Yard Sale Ordinance once the amendments made at the August 1st Council Meeting were put into writing, so County 10 is delivering just that. The amendments have been written into the proposed ordinance and will undergo a second reading next Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
History of Ordinance No 17-015: Yard Sales
At a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Community Development Director Sand Luers presented an ordinance to Riverton City Council Members which addresses garage/yard sales & sings in Title 17 of the Riverton Municipal Code.
A public hearing was opened and closed after the podium remained vacant.
Council Member Tim Hancock initiated two amendments to the proposed ordinance (these amendments are written in red text in the ordinance) which were intended to clarify the purpose and time limits of the ordinance.
Council Member Lance Goede raised some questions about the tight limitations that would be implemented by the ordinance if passed in current form. Goede’s concerns were around the three sale limit that would be placed on residents each year and the fact that if a resident held a yard sale that lasted one day, they would be left with only two more sales which would each be restricted to three days.
There was some brief confusion among the council when discussing whether residents were allowed nine days total out of the year or not, but it was concluded that the nine days would only be permitted if residents used all three days at each sale throughout the year.
Although the podium was vacant during the first public hearing held for this ordinance, County 10 readers have had no qualms with voicing their opinion on the proposed addition to Riverton’s Municipal Code. We’ve listed a few of the most compelling issues raised by readers and community members below:
- Enforcement: Readers and members of the community have presented questions as to how the city might approach the tracking and enforcement of proposed regulations.
- Permitting: Does the ordinance imply that residents will be required to obtain a permit each time they wish to hold a sale? This is unknown at the time and is not clearly stated in the ordinance.
- Use of Taxpayer Resources: Will enforcement of the ordinance direct time and money away from officers and city officials addressing other community priorities such as alcoholism and homelessness, the presence of methamphetamine in the city, and high DUI arrest rates?
Amendments to Ordinance No. 17-015
At the request of our reader’s, County 10 has provided the actual ordinance below, with amendments in red text, followed by the attached staff report: