The Fairview Heights City Council heard Ward 3 Alderwoman Pat Baeske read her proposed ordinance amendment that would limit door-to-door solicitors, those seeking to share religious information, political information, or charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations.
Council members did not discuss the proposed amendment. They will discuss it when it comes up at the next City Council meeting for a second reading. Baeske previously introduced the proposed amendment but it was pulled off the agenda by Baeske and sent back to a committee for further discussion.
The amendment, as proposed, would require any solicitor, whether that person is selling insurance, magazines, or other tangible items, sharing ideas or information, such as Jehovah's Witnesses or political candidates, or seeking charitable donations for a nonprofit organization, to register as a solicitor with the city.
Those who register would have to provide a certificate of registration to anyone who asks to see it. Residents of Fairview Heights would have the option of registering with the chief of police on a Do Not Contact List, much like the national no-call list.
Solicitors would be required to keep an updated list handy and not knock on the doors of those registered on the Do Not Contact List or face a fine of $75 to $750 for each violation.
Children under 16 years old would not be required to register.
The entire proposed ordinance can be viewed on the city's website at www.fairviewheightscity.com under the City Council Agendas and Minutes link.
The City Council moved the city's proposed 2013/2014 budget to the third reading, where it will be voted on. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for March 19 at 7:30 p.m.