Saint-lazare council to vote onmodified garage sale by-law
Earth Day Treasure Hunt a success
Saint-lazare’s town council will vote next week on a revision to a municipal garage sale by-law that recently drew the ire of many residents.
During the meeting, being held on May 2, councillors are expected to vote on whether or not to add two additional dates during which Saint-lazare residents will be permitted to hold garage sales each year.
Council had approved a new by-law in March restricting residents to such sales two weekends a year only: Victoria Day and Labour Day.
If approved next week, residents will also be able to hold garage sales during the first Saturday in June, and the third Saturday in September, in addition to the two weekends already listed, bringing the total to four the number of garage sales allowed each year.
"The new dates will be for a period of three days, so the person could have a garage sale on the Friday, Saturday or Sunday, or on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday," of the allotted weekend, explained Saint-lazare communications director Geneviève Hamel.
She said the two new dates were chosen based on their past popularity among garage sale holders.
"Our urban planning department com- piled a list based on the most popular dates that people held garage sales (and requested permits)," Hamel explained. In the past, residents had to obtain a permit from the urban planning department in order to hold a sale. Under the new by-law permits are no longer necessary, nor are regulated signs the Town sold at $10 each.
Earth Day treasure hunt success
Meanwhile, more than 50 Saint-lazare residents did not wait for a chance to sell their goods, setting them out for free instead during the Towns third Treasure Hunt for Earth Day, held Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The idea saw people setting out items they no longer used that were still in good condition at the edge of their property. Treasure hunters, who were able to log onto the Town’s website to get a list of addresses with goods to give, went around a simply took what appealed to them.
The Town says its objective was to encourage the re-use and the recycling of objects in the community of SaintLazare. "The response has been great," Hamel said. People found such free things as bicycles, ping-pong tables, televisions and more.