Shepherdsville still looking at ways to deal with yard sales

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Don’t expect the Shepherdsville police department to start a new unit on Yard Sale Patrol.

But city officials are still looking at enacting some ordinance to stop those who conduct yard sales seven days a week.

City attorney Bill Wilson presented a revised ordinance that Shepherdsville had used in the past.

Councilman Don Cundiff, who mentioned his concerns a couple of months ago, said he felt the policy allowing no more than two vehicles to be parked on the street at a time a bit restrictive.

Instead, most of the complaints he receives deals with people who are constantly running a yard sale.

He didn’t want to do anything to outlaw yard sales but Cundiff said some are abusing the privilege.

There are already provisions outlawing signs to be placed on utility poles but seldom is that enforced.

Former councilmember Faith Portman wondered who would be in charge of enforcement if a person did not receive a permit to hold a yard sale.

Wilson said it could be code enforcement or it could be the police department.

One resident said he had a business license for years to deal with this problem.

His sales are in the garage and he buys and sells appliances.

Portman said the city should address the 10 problems and not punish the entire city.

“The whole community has been punished due to a few complaints,” said Portman.

But councilman Scott Ellis he would be against paying overtime to monitor yard sales.

Cundiff said if people call now, there is no avenue to address the issue. He agreed that a yard sale monitor wasn’t needed but complaints should be addressed.

Before the council moves forward, Wilson asked members to e-mail him any questions or concerns.

Councilmember Bonnie Enlow felt the proposal was a little too strict.

But councilman Larry Hatfield said if it’s going to be strict, there is no need to pass it.

He was concerned about the safety of the streets in terms of getting emergency vehicles through when cars are parked on the streets.

Code enforcement officer Jim McAuliffe advocated some type of ordinance to deal with the seven-day a week yard sales.

“We don’t want a perpetual yard sale,” said McAuliffe.

Ellis thought is was odd that the city had no problem telling people to clean up their property but they did have a problem in limiting the number of yard sales a person could have.

The issue could resurface at the Monday, Sept. 14, meeting of the council.