Goffstown resident warned zoning doesn't allow a perpetual yard sale after complaints from neighbors
GOFFSTOWN — A Mast Road resident will be warned about a potential zoning violation after neighbors complained about repeated yard sales to town officials last week.
“The legal opinion right now is we have a legal zoning issue we can pursue,” said Town Administrator Adam Jacobs.
A letter will be sent to the property owner in the coming days to make them aware of the issue.
According to the online assessing database, the home is owned by James Garcynski. A phone number listed for the house was not in service.
Neighbors allege the yard sales at that house can last months, causing traffic issues on that part of Mast Road.
Thomas Walsh said the yard sales usually start around Easter and are held on some weekdays and on weekends.
“Then it will be Labor Day and it will end,” he said.
Walsh said he and other neighbors have filed complaints with the town in the past.
Donna Welch, who owns From Out of the Woods Antiques next door, said there are times where those trying to go to the yard sale will park in her driveway, which is a liability risk for her.
“All I want is for him to play by the same rules as everyone else does,” she said.
Welch also hosts an antique show every August and said she’s worried that the traffic situation will be even more tense then.
She said in previous years, a police detail she’s hired for her antique show has had to deal with the issue.
“That officer who I paid had to deal with him,” she said. “That’s just not fair.”
Selectman Peter Georgantas said the town has dealt with similar issues with this property in the past.
“This isn’t a new message,” he said. “Believe me, this has been going on for years.”
Selectman Collis Adams said the board will do what it can to address concerns about safety for those living and driving in the area.
“There’s few things more important to the board,” Adams said.