An ordinance may soon be passed requiring door-to-door salesmen to register with the county before visiting local homes.
Sheriff Kip Thomas and county commissioners discussed the possibility Dec. 6 during a budget meeting. Thomas said that Madison County dispatchers sometimes get calls regarding people knocking on their door. And the sheriff’s department can’t offer any information on whether the salesman is legitimate.
A “solicitation ordinance” could give citizens an opportunity to determine who is standing on their front porch.
“It (a solicitation ordinance) gives us something to go on,” said Madison County chief deputy Shawn Burns. “If somebody comes up to your house and you don’t know who it is. They ring your doorbell and you ask who they are. ‘Well, I’m a salesman for so and so vacuum cleaners,’ they say. And you say, ‘I don’t think you’re supposed to be here’ and you call 9-1-1. Well, when you call 9-1-1 and they tell you, ‘Yes, he’s got a permit. They’re going to be in your area today until seven o’clock.’ Would that make you feel better about who was standing on your front porch?”
A solicitation ordinance could set hours for when door-to-door sales calls are allowed in the county. A person who tries to sell items without registering could be issued a citation and a fine.
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