By DAVID GREEN
Morenci council members continued a discussion about amending an ordinance governing door-to-door sales.
Council learned from its attorney, Fred Lucas, that sales cannot be banned. If some communities state that door-to-door sales are banned, said police chief Larry Weeks, it’s likely an old ordinance that isn’t allowed by the U.S. Constitution.
Following council’s lead, Lucas created a proposed amendment that would require a seller to register at city hall and provide information about the sales staff, the organization represented, proposed time of sales, etc.
Councilor Brenda Spiess said the process would add more work for city hall staff with only a minimal gain.
Council member Tracy Schell said there would be value in knowing names and general information about groups engaged in sales.
Schell suggested giving salespeople some sort of registration document that residents could ask to see. If none were given, the seller could be directed to city hall. A fee could cover the costs of extra work at city hall.
Mayor Keith Pennington presented the same concern that Chief Weeks mentioned in earlier discussions.
“I’m concerned that what we have now somehow conveys to citizens an endorsement of a solicitor,” Pennington said. “That’s the furthest thing I want to do. If we took it one step further and gave them something to carry around, that takes the endorsement even further. I’m on the fence on whether it’s worthwhile at all.”
Weeks said that if the ordinance is repealed, the attorney should be asked about what his officers can do if a peddler goes to a home where a “no soliciting” sign is displayed.
The mayor invited residents to express their suggestions and concerns about door-to-door sales.
POLICE—Former suburban Detroit resident Dan Bachelda was hired as a part-time police officer and sworn into office by city clerk Renée Schroeder.
Police chief Larry Weeks said that Bachelda comes with a wide range of experiences and he’s pleased to have him join the force.
GOODWILL—Schroeder reminded council members that the Goodwill donation drive bins are located at the recycling center this week.
Schroeder mentioned that the United Way Day of Action event in Morenci—painting at Wakefield Park—was postponed until Oct. 5 due to rain. She also told council that the city received another tree-planting grant from Consumers Power.
PAINTING—B&R Painting of Delta, Ohio, was hired to paint the exterior of city hall at a cost of $1,850 for two coats. Council hired someone to do the job at the previous meeting, but the individual was not insured. B&R submitted the low bid.
AWNINGS—Addison Awning was hired to replace three awnings at city hall at a cost of $1,140. The existing framework will be used.
ELECTION—Joyce Woerner, Leasa Slocum, Tonia Hoffman and Laurie Schisler were hired to serve as poll workers for the Nov. 6 general election, under the direction of Gail Johnson.
PUMP—Morenci’s water system is currently operating with a single pump after a shaft broke in the second unit. Both units are expected to be back in operation this week.
CREDIT CARDS—City treasurer Crystal White expects that residents should be able to begin making credit card payments for utility bills by Dec. 1.
Programmers are finding some glitches in the new system and seeking solutions
PSYCHIC—Stair Public Library director Colleen Leddy mentioned that a psychic medium will present a program next month. Mayor Pennington said that he has concerns about allowing a psychic to present a program.
He asked if Leddy has plans to bring other religious leaders to the library for programs. Leddy responded that she didn’t consider the psychic’s program to be of a religious nature.