posted on December 11, 2012 13:00
It will likely cost more to sell door-to-door in the city of Batavia. The City Council is poised to increase the solicitor fee from $25 to $200 a year.
The vendor licensee fee for food services will be capped at $100. Council will vote on the fee increase at their first meeting next year.
At least two council people want a better way of identifying licensed solicitors.
“We have a lot of older residents in Batavia and sometimes they’re a little reluctant to come to the door," Councilman at-large Jim Russell said. "Sometimes there’s all sorts of people out there and I think people might feel a little more comfortable if they can see somebody coming to their door and they can visibly see there’s something issued from the City of Batavia.”
"People come to your house, knock on your door, they’ll tell you they’re from some kind of organization or whatever," Ward Six CounciIwoman Rosemary Christian said. "I really don’t know if they’re from an organization. Being in council, I always question that: 'Do you have a permit?’ You don’t know if they’re chasing the neighborhood out; you have you have to be aware of these things nowadays. So I think it’s good to have an ID.”
Solicitors now have to carry a copy of their license but it only has to be displayed if someone asks to see it.
Council did approve two other fee increases last night: the tax-search fee will increase to $20 and the fee charged for a returned check will also increase to $20.