Madras City Council adopted a new ordinance for garage sales, which took effect April 24.

The intent is to hold people accountable for their garage sale merchandise, to keep it on private property, and to prevent signs from being left in the downtown area.

According to the city, it costs taxpayers approximately $5,000 each year for city crews to collect abandoned garage sale signs. The signs are also a safety hazard when left on sidewalks and at intersections.

Now, signs must be on the yard where the sale is held, not on utility poles, signs, posts, or other public property.

Those who do not comply may receive a warning and copy of the new rules. However, the city can fine violators up to $100 for each violation.

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