Trustees pass new village peddling and soliciting law

— “If they have a criminal record out of state, we have no way of knowing it,” he told the board in July. “We don’t really get a good idea of who these people are.”

Under the new law, vendors and solicitors still are prohibited from entering onto private property before 9 a.m. or after a half-hour before sunset, and would be prohibited from entering onto posted property.

New to the peddling and soliciting regulations is that mobile vendors (those operating from a vehicle) are prohibited from engaging in operations within 200 feet of any village park. Such vendors already are prohibited from doing so within 200 feet of any village school.

The change to the proposed new law was added during the Aug. 23 public hearing on the law, after concerns were raised by local business owners.

Doug Clark, founder of Doug’s Fish Fry, said it was “bothersome” to see a van – specifically, the Finger Lakes Paddleboard van – doing business on Route 20 across from the Sherwood Inn. Both Trustee Jim Lanning and police chief Perkins said they talked to the Finger Lakes Paddleboard owners and confirmed that no money was changing hands in the park, but the board agreed that such operations need to meet on private property and not in the park.

Peter Wiles, of Mid Lakes Navigation, asked if the new law would prohibit soliciting at the Sherwood Inn, which is within 200 feet of the park. The board agreed it was not prohibited because the Sherwood is private property.

Also at the meeting:

—Mayor Marty Hubbard informed the board he had received a letter from State Senator John DeFrancisco thanking him for the letter of Aug. 9 laying out the village board’s objection to the proposed state thruway toll increase. DeFrancisco said he will be advocating against the increase.

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