A sign such as the one above and posted on a home or business would give police the ability to enforce a solicitation registration ordinance now under discussion by the City of Riverton.
(Riverton, Wyo.) – After numerous complaints over the actions of door-to-door salespeople in the community this summer and fall, the Riverton City Council has decided to move forward with a separate ordinance requiring such vendors register with the city.
“The City Council gave staff direction to proceed with a simple ordinance at last night’s work session,” said City Administrator Steven Weaver. “We’re thinking right now it would apply to people who are coming here from outside of the county so it would not apply to local charitable or youth groups.” Weaver said a simple application would be drafted for council’s review that would carry a small fee but require the vendors to list the names and photos of each of their on-the-street workers. Violators would be subject to prosecution.
“The ultimate goal is that we have an ordinance that would have some teeth to it, and so that we would know who is in the community,” Weaver said.
At the present time, outside vendors receive a contractor’s license, but that ordinance does not specifically identify door-to-door vendors.
Weaver said city residents who do not want solicitors should post a notice on their property. “A no solicitor sign would mean no one, including local groups, could approach a residence or business,” he said. “Otherwise they could post a no commercial solicitation sign, which would prevent product or service vendors, but allow local organizations.”
Weaver said passing a solicitation ordinance would allow the police to intervene if any problem develops.
The staff recommendation will be presented to the council at a future meeting.