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Hearing set on peddler ordinance

The Town Board will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall on a proposed law that would allow the town to conduct background checks on prospective peddlers.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith said at the board's Monday afternoon work session that the measure also would impose a $150 licensing fee on anyone who wanted to go door-to-door or set up a temporary retail operation in a parking lot.

"We've had quite a few concerns come into the clerk's office," Smith said. "Residents have been calling in for years, wondering why they have to be exposed to this."

The criminal background checks are the main new feature of the revised peddling ordinance. The license fee, now $25, would increase primarily to pay for the investigations, Smith said.

Also Wednesday, the board will hold a public hearing on an amendment to the town's dog control ordinance.

It sets a penalty of a $250 fine or 15 days in jail for failing to control a dog, Smith said.

On another matter Monday, officials described the electronics recycling program as a hit.

Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak said she has been talking to Highway Superintendent David J. Miller about erecting a permanent building to hold recycling bins outside the highway garage.

Antkowiak said she favors a shed with an overhead door and enough space to hold four pallets on which to place bins.

Rochester Computer Recycling & Recovery was awarded a contract in May to set up free drop-off bins for old computers, televisions and other electronics. The town is to receive 5 cents per pound of material dropped off for recycling.

Smith said he hasn't received a report on revenues yet, but he said the recyclables just keep coming.

"Literally, the day after the bins are emptied, they're full again," he said.

Councilman Paul W. Siejak said the town should apply that revenue to the refuse fund, perhaps to buy a new supply of residential recycling bins.

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