FOSH Fall Sale Challenged
Councilman Cory Storch floated the idea at Monday’s City Council meeting, only to be met with a challenge from Councilman William Reid.
“Why not have the citywide sale on the same month? It seems like it will be a benefit for them.”
Storch explained that the Friends of Sleepy Hollow charges a fee for the sale that not only covers permits, but also extensive marketing.
“In other words, they want to benefit from their advertising and keep other people out,” Reid said. “It’s better to benefit the whole city.”
When Storch demurred, Reid said if the group is saying they want to have the sale by themselves, they are saying they don’t have any interest in the West End.
Sleepy Hollow is in the southeast corner of the city and contains some of the city’s most desired homes. The West End is in the northwest corner and contains public housing as well as some poverty-ridden neighborhoods. The East End-West End dichotomy has been raised in the past as a code for racial and socio-economic discrimination.
Storch attempted to keep the question to whether FOSH could hold an October sale, saying they would have to start planning “just about now.”
A survey of permits showed most people hold garage sales in August, Storch noted, adding FOSH did not want to hold its sales on the same date as a citywide sale.
“I’d have to think about it,” Reid said. “It’s not fair to cut everyone out.”
Councilwoman Linda Carter retraced the original situation that led to the apparent ongoing controversy over what FOSH should do. The group had merely asked in April for expedited processing of the 80 or so fees involved in their garage sale, she said.
Council President Harold Gibson had then suggested that all fees be waived and that the sale should be held citywide. It was explained at the time that the FOSH fee covered the permits as well as ads, maps, markers and more to attract and welcome local and out-of-town buyers. To make a free citywide garage sale as successful as the FOSH sale, the city would have to replicate the publicity effort.
Officials decided in April that operational issues needed more time for planning and put off the citywide garage sale until 2009.
On Monday, Carter said all seven council members should be in on the new discussion and only four were present. The council may take it up as a discussion item at the Aug. 11 agenda-fixing session. The next regular meeting is Aug. 18.