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City Ordinance Governs Yard Sale Signs

On a recent Saturday morning a number of yard sale signs were visable on Main Street including one stuck in the front lawn of First Baptist Church. City officials are reminding residents that there are rules governing signs. The majority of these signs were removed by that evening. – Photos by Jack Gurner

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – As the weather gets warmer, the number of yard sale signs seems to increase every weekend as do the number of fund-raising roadblocks.

So, city officials are reminding residents that there are rules governing these activities.

Yard/garage sale signs are not allowed within the public street right-of-way, according to the city’s sign ordinance. Nor are they allowed upon trees or utility poles, or painted or drawn upon rocks or natural features, the ordinance states.

And, the same rules apply to other types of temporary postings including political signs.

Yard/garage sale signs should be removed immediately following the sale.

Yard/garage sale merchandise and activities cannot be displayed or conducted on any public property, including sidewalks, streets, alleys and parkways.

Those attending sales also should be considerate of the other residents of the neighborhood and not block the street or driveways.

City officials had to stop weekend sales at City Park because some were abusing the privilege and leaving an unsightly mess.

The city does issue four permits a weekend for the former farmers market area southeast of the depot, said City Clerk Vivian Snider. The permits are $5 and available at City Hall on a first come, first served basis.

Fund raising roadblocks are still allowed in Water Valley for church and school activities. But, charitable organizations wanting to hold roadblocks are required to contact Police Chief Mike King, said Mayor Larry Hart.

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