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Garage sale season is in full swing, ushering in a new headache for Genoa officials.

Illegal garage sale signs are posted on public trees, lawns, utility poles, even the town hall lawn.

Village council on Monday discussed the municipal code that only allows garage sale signs to be posted on private property. And if the signs are not on your land, you have to have the property owner’s permission, said Village Administrator Kevin Gladden, who doubles as the zoning inspector. Those vendor signs for roofing and other services littering the boulevards are also illegal.

“I’ve spent the last few days taking down the signs and taking them to the people at their garage sales,” said Gladden.

Along the streets he’s also finding the tattered remains of signs still posted for garage sales that have long since shut down. Gladden pulled them down, too.

Residents got a heads up regarding the garage sale crackdown when Mayor Mark Williams offered a friendly reminder in the monthly utility bills.

For now, Gladden is giving warnings. He hopes people heed them. He doesn’t want to cite people for code violations.

“I’m trying not to let it get to that point,” he said.

If the problem continues, the alternative likely won’t be popular, the village administrator said.

“We could see council looking at people having to register their garage sales,” he said. “And that would just be a big headache for everybody involved.”

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