Shelbyville City Council: Solicitation ordinance to get 2nd reading

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By Todd Martin

Life for solicitors within the Shelbyville city limits could get more difficult after the city council meets at city hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Shelbyville City Council will hear on second reading an ordinance that would make obtaining a license for door-to-door solicitation more costly and require solicitors to wear identification showing they had obtained a license from the city.

The ordinance was tabled during the final meeting of 2012 but brought back at the meeting Jan. 3 with more details added.

The council approved the first reading, which included the requirement of identification and a visible city license.

The ordinance does not include non-profit groups going door-to-door, such as Girl Scouts selling cookies.

The new ordinance includes increasing the license fee to $50 from $25, more detailed information from the company and licensee, copies of criminal background checks on each applicant and all agents, and an increase in the surety bond filed with the city to $2,000 from $1,000.

Solicitors will also be required to show their permits and a photo ID when asked by a resident.

Also at the meeting, the board will:

  • Receive the 2011-12 Fiscal Year Audit from Matt Huelsman, CPA with Richardson, Pennington & Skinner PSC.
  • Read a proclamation for Black History Month.
  • Reappoint Pam Larkin to the Code Enforcement Board and Jennifer Herrell to the City Tree Board. Both are 3-year terms ending Jan. 31, 2016.