Nov 19, 2013 at 10:22 am
ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - If you have an upholstered chair or couch sitting on your porch, now would be the time to move it inside.
A new St. Cloud city ordinance will ban all furniture meant for indoor use outside.
In a unanimous move at Monday night's meeting, the council approved an amendment against the presence of upholstered furniture in private yards, or on porches and patios, if they're visible from the public right-of-way.
The ordinance is in effect for all districts.
Dave Masters represents Ward 1, encompassing the area around St. Cloud State University, where many of the concerns about upholstered furniture have originated. He says the consensus is that it's not only unsightly, it's unhealthy.
Masters adds, the uptick in couch fires in recent months is a factor as well.
In discussion, the council expressed concerns about the increasing outside presence of indoor furniture in the city's core neighborhoods, as well as outside of businesses.
Masters says enforcement of the ordinance will likely be complaints-driven. Violators will receive a warning on the first offense, but a second could result in a $100 fine.
Exceptions will be made for furniture placed outside for garbage pickup or during yard sales on a temporary basis.
LISTEN BELOW TO PARTS OF KNSI'S CHAT WITH MASTERS ABOUT THE NEW ORDINANCE.
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