MACEDONIA -- Residents in Macedonia may get some relief if they don't want peddlers and solicitors knocking on their doors.
City Council is considering legislation that would regulate peddlers, solicitors and canvassers. The ordinance was on first reading Feb. 9.
If approved, it would require those individuals to register with the city, according to Law Director Mark Guidetti. Registration would be $20 per application. They would be able to operate from 9 a.m. to one-half hour after sunset, and the penalty for non-compliance would be a second-degree misdemeanor.
"The end goal is to have rules that work for the residents," he said.
Guidetti said there is also "a provision for a 'no knock' registry so residents can call in and say, 'I don't want any peddlers, solicitors or canvassers coming to my residence.' It would be updated once a year."
"Residents can also place a sign on their house" that indicates they don't want those individuals to stop there, he said.
Guidetti said political solicitation would fall under the canvassing category.
Mayor Joe Migliorini said that would mean the city "would have a list of residents that would say they wanted to be on the 'no knock' list. Then we would publish their names. That means any candidate running for office can't go and knock on the door. My point is, some of them wouldn't want their name on the list" because it would prevent potential political candidates from stopping there.
Guidetti said the "no knock" rule as it relates to political candidates is not etched in stone, though.
"That is something we'll take a look at as to whether Council wants it," he said.
He said the legislation includes people who are soliciting for oil or gas wells and leases.
"That is a common thing that has occurred" recently, he said.
He said other provisions would include:
Peddlers and solicitors cannot make false or misleading statements. If it's a business that is soliciting, the employees must wear a badge that identifies the company. They have to submit advance copies of materials they'll be distributing. They must provide names of anyone soliciting on their behalf. They'll be required to identify vehicles they'll be using. And people can only sell what they apply for in the registration.
Guidetti said peddling is primarily geared toward "the sale of wares."
"There are some exceptions like Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and charitable organizations," he said.
Mike Lesko: 330-541-9432