Clark Cracks Down on Late Night Solicitors

The new ordinance stipulates specific hours when solicitors can knock on doors.

Clark Council will introduce an ordinance at Monday's meeting to crack down on late night solicitors knocking on doors in the township. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m in council chambers above the police station (and will also include a Clark Pop Warner awards presentation).

The new ordinance stipulates that solicitors can only knock on doors between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. from April 15 - Oct. 15 (when daylight hours are longer) and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Oct. 16 - April 14.

The ordinance states that,"All persons and business entities, irrespective of whether the same are public interest, non-profit, commercial or for profit, are prohibited from polling, surveying, soliciting, distributing hand bills, calling from house to house for monies and donation, in all residential zones, except during the following periods." Read the full ordinance here.

"I’m getting a little anxious about solicitors hitting doors when it’s dark out," Mayor Bonaccorso explained at a December meeting when council asked for the ordinance to be drafted. "I don't want seniors, children or anyone having to open their door for a stranger at night, whether the cause is legitimate or not. It’s dark out, and I really don’t want them to have to spend more time with that person than they want to. We want to minimize opportunities for people to try to prey on our citizens. With this ordinance, this way if do have legitimate people, the police department will have something to point them to that says only during certain hours."

The mayor added that he urges all residents, especially after dark, to call the police department to make sure solicitors have the proper paperwork and are legitimate.  
Marion Morrison January 21, 2014 at 06:35 AM
Good move by Council. While I don't mind helping legitimate causes, I find it very unnerving to answer the door to strangers soliciting in the darkness of night.
Clark Guy 1 January 26, 2014 at 02:20 PM
I would prefer an ordinance that limits door to door solicitation to never. Because it is unnecessary....
KJS January 26, 2014 at 10:19 PM
the worst are the Jehovah witnesses....
Victoria January 31, 2014 at 07:29 PM
I just had someone at my door, in the dark at 7:15 pm. I called the non emergency police line and was told that they can solicit up to 8:30pm. That is not what the above article says. Which info is correct? I feel very uncomfortable answering the door to a stranger selling candy supposedly to keep kids off the streets when I'm home alone, especially after dark.


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