Shelbyville City Council: Solicitor’s license to become more difficult

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City sponsoring bed bug informational meeting

By Todd Martin

The Shelbyville City Council jumped right into the New Year with a new ordinance at Thursday’s first meeting, passing on first reading a measure to update and amend the requirements to obtain a solicitation license in the city.

The ordinance makes it more costly and provides more safeguards for residents from those companies that sell door-to-door. It does not pertain to non-profits going door-to-door, such as Girl Scouts selling cookies, but does address permits for non-profits standing at intersections.

The council had tabled a previous vote on the ordinance at the request of several members wanting to require solicitors to wear something that readily identifies them as permitted by the city, and Shane Suttor, who was put on the committee to discuss the issue with council member Mike Zoeller and city clerk Inez Harris, verified that before the vote.

“Yes, they will be wearing something, but we’re just not sure what yet,” Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty said.

The ordinance, which will receive a second reading at the meeting on Jan. 17, 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 also would be required to show their permits and a photo ID when asked by a resident.

Council member Bob Andriot was assured that the city has not had issues door-to-door solicitors before.

“No, and it’s because we monitor them,” Harris said.

The council also noted that city residents should inform call city hall if unlicensed solicitors approach their homes or solicitors refuse to show their permits.

Bed bugs meeting

Barry Edington, city building official/chief code enforcement officer, told the council in his report that the city would be hosting a public informational meeting on bed bugs, which include vendors and information on how to avoid them and how to get rid of them.

“This is becoming a pretty big problem,” he said. “Darryl Willard [city code enforcement officer] has put this together to be an educational meeting for the public. We’re sponsoring it along with the University of Kentucky and some pest-control companies.”

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Stratton Center.

Edington also reported to the council that his department has been working with the water company to help get inspections done in rental properties.

“It’s worked really well,” he said. “The water company won’t let them turn the water on until we get in there to inspect it. We’re finding rental property that we didn’t even know about.”

Also at the meeting, the council:

  • Approved on second reading enacting and adopting a supplement to the Code of Ordinances, adding the 2012 ordinances to the city’s book of ordinances.
  • Heard in Hardesty’s report that the city hopes to receive a recommendation and be able to make a decision on whether or not to accept Clifton Court into the city’s road system at the Jan. 17 meeting.
  • Heard in a report from Eilene Collins, director of Shelby Development, that her organization is working on a $10,000 grant to provide a senior art exhibit with classes during this year’s Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee. Collins also reported that the city will play host to the Kentucky Main Street Conference on Jan. 23-25. “When we hosted it about six years ago, we were credited with the most outstanding meeting and setting the bar too high for future meetings,” Collins said. “So hopefully we can maintain that level.”
  • Heard in a report from City Engineer/Director of Public Works Jennifer Herrell that her department picked up almost 5,100 bags of leaves from city residents. Herrell also noted that Public Works used some salt on the roads during the holidays, but the city is still well stocked for the winter. She also plans to have an MS4 Storm Water workshop next month.
  • Heard in a report from Historic District Commissioner Fred Rogers that the city has so far distributed about $7,000 in matching funds in its Façade Grant program, about half of the $15,000 in funds allocated for the program. The deadline for submitting and being approved for the grant is May.
  • Heard in a report from Fire Chief Willard “Tiger” Tucker that the fire department will be working on mapping and structural drawings this winter. He also told the council that the department’s aerial truck would be taken to Wisconsin for refurbishing. “We’re just waiting for the weather to give us a good clear shot to get up there,” he said.
  • Proclaimed January to be School Board Recognition Month and Jan. 7-11 to be Winter Weather Preparedness Week.
  • Appointed Alan Matthews and Frank Page to the Recreation Committee for uncompleted terms ending Dec. 31, 2014; and Jon Swindler to the Water/Sewer Commission for an uncompleted term ending Dec. 31, 2013. Page replaces Matthews, a former council member, and Matthews replaces the late Don Cubert’s publically appointed position. Swindler replaces Matthews as well.