By Kim Walter -- firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- Monday night's Town Council work session brought out a larger than normal crowd, due to several "big" items being on the agenda.
Town Manager Steve Burke proposed several changes to part of the town's peddlers' code that concerns flea markets. Several flea market representatives were in attendance, and were able to discuss requested changes.
Burke explained that market owners wanted code revised so that trailers would be allowed on the site overnight, but not allow for on-site camping. They additionally requested permission to allow vendors to sell live animals and be able to rent space to vendors even if they can't provide a DMV issued photo ID.
Flea market owners said that trailers should be allowed overnight because some vendors come to the area Friday night to set up, and will probably spend money for food and lodging in town.
Council was concerned with live animal sales, especially since raising some animals, like chicks, is not allowed in town limits. They also worried that it might start with smaller animals, and then spiral out of control, but market owners said the largest animal they've seen for sale was a dog.
Mayor Timothy Darr asked town staff look into any legal issues with the requested changes, and assured market owners they would be notified and included when the council continues the conversation at a later work session.
In other matters, council discussed:
• Possibly providing water and sewer for a proposed subdivision in Harmony Hollow.
• Amending the proposed refuse on-call collection ordinance since town staff has found that some residents are taking advantage of the program, which resulted in loss of money for the town.