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DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES LAW OK'D

Peddlers and solicitors going to homes in East Aurora need to make their business official before starting out on village streets.

By a 6-1 vote, the Village Board on Monday adopted a local law that regulates such businesses and more closely governs door-to-door sales but allows for an appeals process.

"The whole purpose of the law is to protect the citizens and merchants," Village Administrator Kimberly D. LaMarche said, noting that there was a problem earlier this summer with solicitations in the village.

Village staff recommended a $100 permit fee for peddlers, but many trustees balked at that -- instead approving the law with a $50 fee.

Solicitors have to apply for a permit in Village Hall and are given a 60-day window to conduct business.

Door-to-door salespeople must stop soliciting by 8 p.m. and cannot resume until 9 a.m. the next day. If convicted of violating the law, sentences could include up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $250.

Some were concerned that the ban would include ice cream trucks playing music as they drive through village neighborhoods. That is not the case, village officials said.

"To me, the ice cream truck is a sound of summer and the community," Police Chief William D. Nye said.

Mayor David J. DiPietro said it was not the village's intent to target ice cream trucks.

Nonprofit and service organizations are exempt from the law and not required to pay a registration permit fee with the village.

Such groups are, however, asked to file their plans -- such as Girl Scouts selling cookies -- so that village officials are aware of what they are doing and how many people are involved.

e-mail: krobinson@buffnews.com

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