Royston City Council to Pass FY15 Budget, Hear Yard Sale Ordinance

Royston’s city council is expected to pass their fiscal 2015 budget tonight when they meet for their regular monthly meeting

At a work session May 27, city clerk Gloria Brown said the proposed expenses for FY15 is $6,589,134.

Brown said one increase is the addition of $1,200 for new uniforms for the Royston Fire Department.

In other business tonight, the mayor and council will hear the first reading of the town’s proposed yard sale ordinance.

In April, councilman Larry Bowen recommended the city come up with a yard sale ordinance after receiving complaints from citizens about people who seemed to be running a constant sale on their property.

Last month, Royston Police Chief Donnie Boleman presented the council with a draft ordinance developed by the city attorney after researching laws in neighboring communities.

“Our attorney provided us with several copies from other municipalities that she felt would fit our needs,” he said. “Out of that we have selected on ordinance to use as a guideline for our ordinance that comes from a neighboring city.”

Under the new ordinance, citizens will be allowed up to six yard sales a year. No sales will be allowed in public places such as a parking lot or empty lot.   Boleman said citizens must also obtain a permit from the city to hold a yard sale.

 “These permits will be obtained from the Marshall’s office,” he said. “He will be able to issue permits up to 24 hours in advance.

The ordinance will need two public readings before it becomes law.  Tonight’s meeting begins at 6:30p at the Royston Police Department meeting room.