Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 28, 2014

Bluefield City Board: Current yard sale ordinance to be ‘strictly’ enforced

BLUEFIELD — The city of Bluefield will begin strictly enforcing the yard sale ordinance for city residents.

Bluefield Police Chief and interim city manager Dennis Dillow said, “there is no change in the yard sale ordinance but we will start strictly enforcing it and there will be a fine for those who do not follow the rules.”

As of right now the ordinance states that there is a $5 yard sale permit fee, only six yard sales per household per year can be held, sales must be no longer than 72 hours and sale signs must be taken down right after the sale, Dillow said.

A public hearing has been set on June 10 at 11:30 a.m. for the approval of the old Bluefield Daily Telegraph building lease contract.

Ronald Lee is interested in leasing the building and has plans to remodel the entire building and begin a homeopathic medicine business.

“The building needs to be saved and there are a lot more buildings I am interested in if this one works out,” Lee said.

Dillow also recognized Glen Sutphin and Everett Beggs for their retirement from the Bluefield Fire Department and their 23 years of service.

Dillow also reminded everyone that the Almost Heaven Farmer’s Market began on May 20 and will be open every Tuesday at 10 a.m. The farmers market is located at the Kmart parking lot on Cumberland Road.

The board also approved a demolition contract with Virginia Asphalt and Paving in Princeton to begin performing the demolitions around Bluefield.

“Virginia Asphalt and Paving will charge $2,000 per house but this will not be the total cost. The city will still endure some cost to get these buildings torn down, but it will be cheaper than doing it ourselves.” Mayor Tom Cole said.

Cole also added that the city is fortunate enough to be taking their time to hire a new city manager.

“We have been actively interviewing people and we feel that Dennis Dillow and Josh Cline are doing an excellent job, which is why we are not rushing to fill the position. We hope to have an announcement by the middle of June,” Cole said.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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