Kendall County eyes stricter garage sale rules
By Steve Lord email@example.com September 14, 2012 3:38PM
Updated: October 17, 2012 6:34AM
YORKVILLE — The Kendall County Board Tuesday will consider stricter rules governing garage sales.
The county’s Planning, Building and Zoning Department suggested the new rules to regulate year-round garage sales, particularly ones that go on in residential areas. The sales can cause crowd and traffic problems.
The most significant changes are: limiting a garage sale to three days, four times a year; and banning the sale of food and beverages at the sale.
While the board will consider the changes Tuesday, most board members appeared to oppose them at the Committee of the Whole meeting.
Board Chairman John Purcell said that, while he had “no problem restricting the ones that are year-round,” he does not like further restricting the normal resident throwing a garage sale.
“I’m not in favor of putting restrictions on these kind of things,” he said.
Board member Anne Vickery said most people hold garage sales that are three days or less, maybe two times a year. She pointed out that the ones who might hold more than two a year are churches and other kinds of non-profit organizations.
“For one thing, they’re to hard to organize,” noted board member Nancy Martin.
Board member Suzanne Petrella said one of the things that makes Kendall special is a less formal view of things.
“Part of the nature of this county is, it’s more homey,” she said.