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Draft suggestions presented for rules on placing items on village sidewalks

— In November, the board created a list of suggestions to regulate items that may or may not be allowed on village sidewalks in front of local shops, the majority of which were incorporated into the draft regulations presented at the Jan. 7 meeting.

The draft code revision would allow vendors to place privately-owned items on village sidewalks from May 1 to Nov. 1 provided they do not obstruct pedestrian flow and are “tasteful and in keeping with the streetscape of a 19th century village.” Any vendor wishing to place items on the sidewalk must file proof of liability policy of $500,000 with the village and name the village as an additional insured on the policy.

A list of the items not allowed on village sidewalks from Nov. 1 to May 1 also remained basically the same from the November guidelines: no merchandise may be offered for sale except during the July Sidewalk Sales; no flimsy or lightweight items which may blow away or break easily; no played or piped music; no additional lighting; no additional signage or advertising for the business; no items placed on, around or attached to village benches, lamp posts or other items; no permanent structured or items not brought in at night; and no food or beverages may be served on the sidewalk except those following sidewalk café regulations.

The main change to this draft policy from the November suggestions is that vendors wishing an exemption from any of these restrictions may apply to the village board in writing with a complete description of their plans. The previous draft listed only certain regulations that exemptions could be applied for, this general allowance makes the exemption process “simpler,” Van Arnam said.

During the Jan. 7 public hearing, two local merchants expressed their support for the code changes to allow items on sidewalks.

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