North Syracuse considers ban on door-to-door sales

— The village of North Syracuse is considering banning soliciting within village boundaries.

Originally, the board was discussing background checks for door-to-door solicitors in the village, but the discussion turned to the possibility of banning solicitation in the village outright for for-profit enterprises.

“Right now, solicitors can come into the village apply for a permit, for-profit organizations, we pay for a background check on it,” Atkinson said. “We're looking at the cost of that right now. The not-for-profits come in. They get a permit, no background check and they just go out and they do their thing. What was brought to our attention was there are some communities that don't allow solicitation in their village. I thought it was worthy of discussion.”

It came up during the meeting that there was a high rate of permit rejection based on criminal background checks. Trustee Paul Linnertz wanted the board to consider whether it wouldn't be best if solicitation was scrapped in the village all together.

“I don't think that the public would be opposed to us banning it,” Linnertz said. “I'm not sure if anyone would be offended if we did away with the solicitation altogether for the for-profits.”

The mayor said he would move forward with the idea and proceed with a necessary public hearing when the subject came closer to a conclusion.

Parade is Dec. 2

Parks and Recreation Director Theresa Roth announced the village would be holding its 15th annual holiday parade and tree-lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. from the North Syracuse Baptist Church and proceed down Main Street to the tree at the North Syracuse Community Center.

Following the parade, there will be a brief tree lighting ceremony. The Syracuse Highland Pipe Band will be performing. Refreshments will be served at the center and kids' activities will take place upstairs. Bob Barker's Hot Dogs will be on hand as a food vendor, and Santa Claus will be visiting the children at the library.

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