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White Oak council puts restrictions on solicitors, second-hand shops

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 1:06 a.m.
 

New restrictions await door-to-door solicitors and second-hand shops in White Oak.

Council voted on Monday to amend limitations on peddlers and solicitors and institute new rules for second-hand and pawn shops.

Council president Carrie Noll said the pawn shop rule was approved at the urging of police Chief Lou Bender and reflects similar legislation in North Versailles Township.

Officials said a second-hand clothing store along Lincoln Way and a seller of video games in Rainbow Village Shopping Center are affected.

“They will have to keep track of those they get items from,” Noll said, with a description of the item sold and photo identification.

Additionally, those stores would have to keep track of those buying such items, including their home addresses.

Peddlers and solicitors will pay less for their permits, from $7 a day to $30 a week, but have those permits for less time under the amendment to an existing borough law dealing with door-to-door activity.

“The new rule restricts the number of times a year a solicitor can come in and request a permit to once every six months,” Noll said.

Background checks will be required and solicitors only can go door-to-door from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 to Aug. 31 and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Sept. 1 to March 31.

Council made code enforcement officer Jennifer O'Brien full time, turning her work as an office clerk over to new hire Deborah Griffith, who will get $10 an hour up to 30 hours a week.

Council approved continued borough participation in the East Hills DUI Task Force.

Councilman Charles Davis said the planning commission will meet on Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. to act again on lot consolidation for the Speedway project along Long Run Road.

Davis said demolition work is near completion on the former Bob Massie dealership property where the convenience store will be built and construction will begin soon.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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