The Township Board voted this week to crackdown on solicitors by requiring door-to-door salespeople to register at the Township Hall.
“The overall concept was discussed by our community policing officer as a requested tool to deal with our solicitors who may not be aboveboard,” Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said.
Besides registering, solicitors will have to pay a $25 registration fee. Renewals will cost $15 for 30 days or $100 for a one-year period.
Registrants may also be subject to a background check.
Gallagher said he has received some complaints from residents about door-to-door salespeople. He noted that Robinson Township has a similar ordinance in place.
“This will help us ensure that the people going door-to-door are actually legitimate,” Gallagher said. “They will be required to give their name, information about who they work for, a copy of their driver's license — things of that nature. If we get a call at Township Hall saying, 'So and so was just at my house,' we'll know if they are a legitimate company or we'll send somebody out because they haven't registered.”
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