Yard sales are a summer staple, but in the city it has become a little cheaper to hold one.
City Council Monday night removed the $3 permit fee previously required to hold a yard sale inside the city limits, but residents still must pick up a permit.
Residents are allowed one sale every 30 days, for three days, according to the ordinance.
Ward 3 Councilwoman Ann Stranman said the idea of the permit is to help prevent residents from having “perpetual yard sales.”
In other business:
n City Manager James Timonere asked for an ordinance to enter into an agreement for $116,577 with Severino Construction of Ashtabula for the Lake Avenue sidewalk project;
n Council enacted an ordinance declaring drug laboratories a public nuisance, making the owner of the property liable for the cost of cleanup.
Council members discussed the legislation and how it will make the owner of rental property, as well as the tenant, liable for the cost of cleanup after a methamphetamine lab drug raid.
“This addresses a chronic situation,” Vice President Chris McClure said.
n Council adopted the tax budget for fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2013, and submitted the same to the Ashtabula County Budget Commission.
n Council also commended Jerry and Gloria Jones of Station Avenue for the good work they’ve done in their neighborhood. The Joneses have mowed, picked up trash and cleaned out junk on neighboring property.
“We appreciate how much you have done,” President J.P. Ducro IV said. “We need more people like you.”