Saint-la­zare coun­cil to vote on­mo­di­fied ga­rage sale by-law

Earth Day Trea­sure Hunt a suc­cess

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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.

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