DOBSON — The Dobson Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a new town ordinance that will require residents wishing to hold yard sales to secure a permit from the town.
The action came as the board met for a special meeting Thursday night in Town Hall.
The unanimous vote came on the heels of addressing the matter in October, when commissioners balked at a permit fee being proposed.
In its original incarnation, the ordinance would have required property owners in the town wishing to hold a yard sale to purchase a permit for $10, and would have limited the number of sales residents can hold to three a year.
Addressing the matter, Town Manager Josh Smith said the ordinance is “a little different,” after changes were made following the previous meeting.
“We’ve modified it a little,” he said. “We have eliminated the permit fee and while they’ll still need a permit it won’t cost anything and will essentially be a way for us to track yard sales in the town.”
In addition, Smith said the new ordinance ups the number of residential sales held annually from three to four.
“We’ve also dropped the fine from non-compliance from $50 to $25 for the first offense,” he said. “After that it will be $50 per offense.”
But the town manager noted that law enforcement would not be actively looking for violators should the ordinance pass.
“It is not our intention to go out and fine everyone,” he told the board. “Officers will have their discretion on the scene, and for the first few months I imagine there will be a lot of warnings given out.”
At least one resident applauded the measure.
Jane Sheets, who moved to the town from Pilot Mountain last year, complained about yard sales in commercial zones, particularly on Atkins and Crutchfield streets.
“I personally feel that when it’s being held at a business, there should be some type of regulation,” she said. “It’s a very ugly eyesore when you come in on Atkins Street, and I cannot stand walking around town and seeing all these ugly yard sales.”
After a brief discussion on the matter, the board approved the new ordinance on a motion by Commissioner John Lawson and with a second by Commissioner Todd Dockery. Commissioner Wayne Atkins was absent.
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