Tent Sale Not In Violation Of Moratorium

LAKEWOOD – The vehicle tent sale currently being held across the street from the Chautauqua Mall will only last a week.

On Monday, the Lakewood Village Board discussed the Shults Auto Group tent sale ongoing this week on the lot along Mall Boulevard in Lakewood. Charles Smith, village code enforcement and building inspector, said Shults Auto Group was issued a temporary retail outlet certification to hold the tent sale. He said the dealership plans on holding two weeks of sales at the lot, one now and one in September.

Smith said the tent sale is not breaking the moratorium on car dealerships. In January, the board passed a moratorium on issuing special permits for vehicle sales. Smith said because it is only a temporary sale, no special-use permit was issued for being a car dealership.

In January 2012, Tim Shults approached the board to approve the concept of a car dealership and service center at 90 Mall Blvd., Lakewood, the location of the tent sale. The Shults Auto Group was planning a business to be located between First Tier Bank and Arby’s. At the time, Shults said a specific franchise has not been selected. He said when one is selected, a site plan can be created. Smith said Monday no site plan was ever submitted by Shults for a dealership on the property.

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In other village business, the board passed new brush pickup regulations. Following some complaints by residents in the village on brush pickup, officials felt regulations were needed. The board passed a resolution indicating the brush pickup will only be limbs and brush, no grass; brush should not be placed in drainage ditches; people should only put brush in their lawn the Tuesday prior to their pickup; professional landscapers should dispose of their own brush; brush should be placed in the front of property, not on the street; people should not block sight lines with the brush; and people will be notified in person with a letter from village officials if they are breaking brush pickup regulations. David Wordelmann, village mayor, said residents will be sent a calendar indicating when their brush will be picked up that is similar to the notice indicating recycling and garbage pickup.