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Panel weighs peddlers' code

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

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.


I was under the impression that the residents got one free pickup a year and then each additional pick up a fee of 25 dollars was charged. Am I correct on that?

I believe it was 2 free pick-ups a year and then you get charged. Of course, you can always work with your neighbors and share pick-ups as well. Thing is, if it's only a few residents taking advantage and you know who they are, why not just deal with it, instead of punishing everyone. It seemed to work great.

Some people have been abusing the priviledge by dumping large amounts of construction and household trash along the road and when they do that, the rest of us have to pay for their abuse. If I told you that you had to pay to have your neighbor's trash picked up, you wouldn't like it. This is no different.

The town has a responsibility to its citizens to keep the streets clear and the town clean. If someone decides to dump construction trash or just lots of household trash on the side of the road, I think they should pay just what it costs to clean up the trash ... no more, no less. What's unfair about that? For the folks who use the service once in a while and then to do some spring cleaning, nothing will change.

This is what Strasburg needs. A good old-time flea market on the empty land across from the Food Lion. That would bring the people to town on the weekends.

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