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Yard sale permits required at cost of $5

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Johnstown residents planning a yard sale in conjunction with spring cleaning must file for a permit from the village.

In anticipation of yard-sale season, Johnstown Village Council reviewed a sample form that is now required of residents at its meeting Tuesday night.

Residents must file for a permit at a cost of $5 and note the address and date of the yard sale.

In an effort to eliminate habitual yard sales, council adopted an ordinance last fall that limits residents to three yard sales per year, excluding Labor Day weekend.

In other council discussion Tuesday, resident Kathy Collins asked about possible locations for an antique/craft/garage sale business she would like to operate.

"I want to have booths I would rent out per square foot," she said. "I would like it to be neat. I would be there daily. There's something similar called Finders Keepers."

Collins said she would like to open "Swappers Cottage" by the end of May.

Council member Adam Roberts said Collins' idea doesn't sound any different than a consignment shop, and he doesn't anticipate any problems.

"If you don't find space you like, there will be a property fair in this room on May 15 for business owners," he said. "You'll get to see what sizes (of space) are available."

Acting village manager Randy Ashbrook asked council to consider changing the commercial inspection permitting process by using the state of Ohio instead of Newark in Licking County.

"Until 2003, we actually used the state," Ashbrook said. "We changed because it was a longer turnover. Newark could turn it over faster."

Law director Mary Ellen Fulk said Licking County's fee structure has increased dramatically.

Ashbrook also addressed council concerning last month's complaint by Todd and Jennifer Akers. The couple said their North Main Street neighbors added a dog kennel to their back yard, and the smell of urine and feces was unbearable.

"They have a vendor's license, and the kennel was clean and dry,"Ashbrook said. "They have not done anything against the village to date."

The residents live in a community commercial zoning district.

Jacquelyn Dismuke said she didn't know there was a problem until the dog warden showed up at her home.

"It's the most bizarre situation," she said. "It's clean. It isn't a puppy mill. It was a shock to us."

She has kennel and vendor licenses for the family's four adult dogs and 13 puppies.

Council member Carol Van Deest, a North Main Street resident, said she would be very upset if a neighbor set up a kennel next to her as the Dismukes have done.

"It's still a problem for the neighbor on the side of the kennel," she said. "It was a shock to me to hear there were that many dogs."

In other discussion, Van Deest said parking is important for the success of the upcoming Johnstown Farmers Market.

She asked for signage that would direct village visitors to downtown parking in the businessmen's parking lot.

Council also introduced an ordinance to amend annual appropriations concerning a change to the sewer replacement and improvement fund.

The next regular village council meeting will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, in council chambers, 599 S. Main St.

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