PERRY TWP. - Transient vendors can forget about knocking on doors in the unincorporated areas of Perry Township - their method of soliciting sales is now prohibited.
Trustees approved the resolution Monday night in response to a complaint from township resident Daryl Fink, who approached the board in October about a problem he experienced with a man selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door.
He questioned trustees about the possibility of requiring a permit like the city of Salem does or passing some type of legislation regarding solicitors.
Both the Salem and Perry Township police departments responded to several calls this summer and fall regarding groups of sales people not from the area who were just dropped off in neighborhoods to sell magazines or other items. There have been reports in the past about people selling meat door-to-door or offering to repave driveways.
The resolution does not pertain to non-profit groups, such as boy scouts, student groups, girl scouts or religious groups who are permitted to go door-to-door per Ohio Revised Code and does not include licensed auctioneers.
"We decided we needed to do something about it," Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said.
According to the resolution, a transient vendor is "any person who opens a temporary place of business for the sale of goods or who, on the streets or while traveling about the township, sells or offers for sale goods, or solicits orders for future delivery of goods where payment is required prior to the delivery of the goods, or attempts to arrange an appointment for a future estimate or sales call."
The resolution noted that it does not include any person or entity exempt from taxation or that notifies the trustees that representatives are present in the township for selling or offering goods for sale or soliciting orders or arranging for a future estimate or sales call.
In other business, the trustees voted to continue providing health, dental and life insurance to all full-time employees, the trustees and the fiscal officer for next year. The township covers 100 percent of the premiums, with one of the three trustees opting not to receive the health insurance, although he is required to accept the life insurance coverage.
Outgoing Salem City Council President Mickey Cope Weaver, who unsuccessfully ran for trustee this fall, came to trustees last month to suggest they eliminate the insurance or reduce some of the costs associated with the insurance as a cost-saving measure.
Trustees explained previously that they've upped the deductibles the past two years in an effort to reduce costs, with the deductible $3,000 for a single plan and $6,000 for a family plan, meaning the employee has to pay the first $3,000 or $6,000 for services covered by a deductible. There's also a co-pay of $50 for doctor visits and $60 for a specialist.
The township's total cost for health/life insurance was quoted then as $9,714.20 per month, with another $523 per month for dental coverage.
Township resident Henry Spack addressed trustees at the beginning of the meeting to thank the road department for doing a good job on township roads, considering the weather. He also complained about the lights on the new police cruisers, saying they blind approaching motorists to the point that he thinks it causes a safety hazard.
"To be blinded where you can't see if anybody's on the road, that's not good," he said.
Spack relayed how during a recent trip on a township road, a firefighter was in the road directing traffic and he could only see from his knees down due to the lights from the police cruiser. He said it's a safety problem, not only in the township, but with the newer police cruisers everywhere. He didn't know what could be done, but said somebody's going to get hurt.
Mix agreed with him, but said he didn't know what could be done about it, either. He said they now have the LED lights.
"It should be addressed from the state on down," Spack said.
The trustees also reappointed Leo Taugher to the zoning board for another five years, reappointed Ron Poage to the appeals board for another five years, approved temporary appropriations of $256,500 to cover the first three months of the year and set the next meeting for the morning of Dec. 30 at the fiscal officer's office for trustees to sign checks.
The trustees will hold their organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6, with no meeting on Jan. 13. They went into executive session for personnel, with no action to be taken.