Archive for Thursday, July 24, 2003

Merchant ordinance to be imposed

July 24, 2003

Don't come a knockin'.

That's the message the Basehor City Council wants to reiterate to vendors, solicitors, peddlers and merchants hawking goods door-to-door for profit.

The City Council discussed enforcing its Green River ordinance, an ordinance prohibiting door-to-door sales in residential neighborhoods, during its work session Monday, July 21.

"I think if we're going to have (the Green River ordinance) we need to enforce it," City Council member Bill Hooker said. "The intent of (the ordinance) is good."

Hooker brought the item up for discussion during the work session because he's noticed numerous vendors attempting to sell merchandise in the city, he said.

According to the Green River ordinance, initiated several years ago in Basehor, the practice of selling merchandise door-to-door and "not having been requested or invited to do so by the (home)owner," is declared to be a "nuisance and unlawful."

The ordinance does not prohibit or restrict the sales or solicitation of sales by charitable, not-for-profit organizations so long as those organizations register at City Hall prior to those sales.

City officials said residents should contact the Basehor Police Department at (913) 724-1370 if approached by merchants selling goods in a residential neighborhood.

If convicted, the penalty for violating the ordinance is a fine not to exceed $100 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.

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