Pocopson moves to ban soliciting

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New law halts door-to-door peddlers; exceptions for civic, political, religious groups

By Kelli Siehl, Staff Writer, The Times

POCOPSON — At a recent Board of Supervisors’ meeting, township officials voted to establish an ordinance banning peddling and soliciting in the township and violators could face fines as high as $1,000.

According to Supervisors’ Chair, Steve Conary, homeowners’ associations can post discrete signs notifying of the ordinance. Conary also noted the township is investigating the cost of posting signs on major roadways entering the township to alert people to the law.

“If someone knocks on your door, you can tell them they are not allowed to solicit in your neighborhood,” Conary told audience members.

Officials said enforcement would be a challenge since the township does not have a police department; however, the township Code Enforcement Officer has the authority to enact penalties.

Conary noted that according to constitutional law, there are exceptions to the restrictions which include religious activities and minors who are fundraising such as the Boy and Girl Scouts.

Supervisors also voted to amend the township code by adding definitions for fences/walls and other property enclosures. Conary said the ordinance adds standards for the installation, inspection and maintenance of the enclosures, which had been limited to this point.



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