Yard sale ordinance would limit yard sales


Rising Sun City Council heard the first reading of a new yard sale ordinance on Thursday, May 4th in an attempt to prevent perpetual yard sales.

If passed, residents would be limited to three yard sales a year (no more than three days each time). It would be in addition to the annual spring and fall citywide yard sales.

Residents must apply for a permit (at no charge) one week prior to the sale.

Sale signs are prohibited on city property, including parks, playgrounds, utility poles, guard rails, public buildings and public right-of-ways. Any signs must be removed within 24 hours after the sale ends.

The ordinance establishes a fine of $50 for the first violation.

In other business, council member Sheena Graham was named to the School Endowment Board due to the passing of member John Rumsey.

Pamela Rees was named to the tourism board.

Kathy Kelly was named to replace Mona Cook on the Utility Service Board.

Council approved $37,500 from CCD and MVH for the purchase of a city backhoe. The city had already received a $40,000 grant from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation.

Council approved to pay up to $1000 for an appraisal for the possible purchase from the estate of Bill and Margie Adams, 112 Williams Street. The city had showed interest in the property. The owners have one appraisal but the city is required to have two appraisals while not paying more than the average of the two appraisals by law.

Clerk treasurer Rae Gipson was given approval to $1868 in taxes due on city owned properties Heritage Hall and Main Street Building which are not qualified for tax exemption.

Mike Northcutt submitted a change order to extend storm sewers from Smart Drive toward S&O insurance to address a drainage problem. It would include 315 feet of pipe and five catch basins. The $35,000 cost would have half paid by the city as part of Community Crossing Grant matching funds.

Karrah White was given approval for street closings for third Friday Music and Cruise-ins from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Closings will be from the alley near the legion to Front Street and Fourth Street to Second Street.

White was officially named Main Street Director after serving in an interim role.

The Ohio County Community Foundation sent a thank you for the city’s donation in honor of Clara Padgett.