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1/2/2014 1:44:00 PM
Letter: Another freedom taken away?


So I've lived in this town for 20 years, same area, same street, same house, and never in this time has the town ever enforced the "yard sale sign" code, if it's been in existence that long!

I have always considered myself a law-abiding citizen and like everyone else in this area, never knew there was a problem. I know, I know, "ignorance of the law is no excuse." But it could have been handled in a way that it wouldn't alienate citizens and law enforcement.

This town has no jobs, more than half the citizens in town are more than likely earning below the poverty level. So we have yard sales to earn an extra few dollars. You spend all day setting up a yard sale and two hours into the sale, the code enforcement truck pulls up out front and dumps your signs on you and tells you you're in violation of the sign code.

Who ever knew there was a code?

I have to wonder if this could have been handled in a different manner? Why not drive up and ask, "Do you know there is a sign code for this town?  You need to remove them or put them in a place where they are not in violation."  I thought my neighbor was going to have a heart attack she was so upset.

Unfortunately, since it was the weekend, town is closed and the poor girl at the marshal's office took the wrath of it all and we do apologize for that.

So fellow citizens be warned, there is a sign code and apparently it applies to our little hand written signs that we stick on the corner of our streets letting our neighbors know we are having a yard sale. Too bad the kid needs a new pair of shoes. So you will have to call the code enforcement department at the town to find out what that code consists of and if you are able to figure out exactly where you can put the sign and still be legal, please take them down when your sale is done!

That has been my only gripe with yard sale signs. I don't know how the code reads but the signs should have a date on them and if they aren't down within 24 hours after the end of the sale, then code enforcement can write them a ticket.

Bobbie Tennant

Camp Verde

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