The Town of Babylon is offering yet another revision of a proposed law designed to regulate yard sales.
This is the second time the town has altered the wording of the proposed law, which was first put forth in the spring and which has had two public hearings. The initial public hearing in July drew opposition from many residents who protested the restrictions of the proposed law, which would have limited garage sales to two per year and only on Saturdays and Sundays from April to September. A permit fee was also part of the original legislation and advertising was limited to one sign on the yard sale property.
The revised legislation presented in September eliminated the permit fee and monthly restrictions and increased sale limits to four weekends, defined as Friday through Sunday. While the limit of one sign was removed, the proposal continued to prohibit advertising on public property.
A second public hearing drew complaints about the posting limit, with two residents saying that the only way to have successful yard sales is to have advertising on telephone poles and other public areas.
As a result the town removed the restriction. The proposed law states only that "any signs advertising a garage sale or personal property sale must be removed within 24 hours of the last day of the personal property sale."
Wheatley Heights resident Patty Marshall said she was "thrilled" that the proposed law has been revised. Marshall had spoken out at a previous hearing about the signage restrictions, calling them "utterly ridiculous."
"A happy medium has been met," she said. "The town has accomplished what it set out to do without totally hindering the public."
Town officials have said sale regulations are needed because some residents use yard sales as a way of running a business, disturbing neighbors and leaving discarded items in the street. Enforcement of any new law would be complaint-driven, they said. Penalties range from $100 for a first offense to $2,500 for a third offense.
A public hearing on the proposed law will be on Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m.