Yard sales are one of the fun parts of summer for many people. They are a great way to de-clutter while offering people a chance to find treasures and bargains. 

Some host sales to get rid of things they don’t want or need anymore, while others frequent them to find bargains.

However, the tradition of yard sales has a downside thanks to those who refuse to follow the law when it comes to posting their signs. Legally, yard sale signs are not to be posted on any public light pole or signpost in Richfield or in any public right of way.

The problem is that for years people have posted their signs and then refused to remove them. They also tape their signs to the painted light posts on Richfield’s Main Street, causing damage and leaving unsightly residue, which attracts dirt. 

The law isn’t vigorously enforced as people still tape, nail and staple signs to any pole they can find that looks like it may be seen by passing traffic. 

In at least one instance, someone vandalized a tree on Richfield’s Main Street by nailing a sign into it. 

In other instances, people leave tape and ripped remains of their signs on city and utility owned poles. 

These tatters not only make the community look unkempt, in some cases they cause damage.

The issue at hand is the lack of respect for others. By posting signs and abandoning them, people are essentially littering. No one considers it acceptable to cause damage to the finish of someone else’s car by wrapping tape around it, yet people seem to do it every week to painted light poles in the region.

The city council, understanding that yard sales are a community tradition, has provided a community yard sale board in the parking lot of Bips Napa Auto Parts. This board is free to use. People are asked to tape their signs to it, and once their yard sale is completed, to remove them.

Those who run their yard sales in The Richfield Reaper’s classifieds don’t even have to put a sign up as the paper takes care of it for them.

So frankly, there is no reason for people to be so disrespectful of the community’s appearance by leaving what is essentially garbage hanging on poles.

If the trend continues, Richfield City and other communities will have no recourse but to start enforcing ordinances to the letter of the law. This would mean no yard sale signs could be posted anywhere but on private property.

Municipal officials are well within their rights to start more strict enforcement of ordinances related to yard sale signs. With the amount of ripped cardboard and decomposing tape on area utility poles and traffic signs, it may be time to crack down on yard sale signage.

The thing with yard sale signs is that they typically have an address on them, which makes it extremely simple to track down the guilty party and issue them a citation for littering or vandalism.

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