Beekmantown drafting solicitors law

Board member worried about shady business

Beekmantown is developing a local law regarding the regulation and licensing of peddlers, solicitors, and transient retail merchants.

That’s what Supervisor Dennis Relation said at the Sept. 19 Beekmantown Town Board meeting.

“We’ve had an issue, especially on the (Military) Turnpike,” Relation said. “We’ve had numerous complaints about a garage sale or a yard sale that’s been ongoing since May ... That’s what brought about this issue.”

Councilmember Sydney Sue Garrant said the current lack of regulation is a concern.

”I think it’s something we need to have a little control over, for the safety and protection of our citizens,” Garrant said.

In an interview the following day, Garrant said the lack of regulation represented a financial instead of a physical threat. Though she said there have been no reports of shady dealings yet.

“If we have people who are doing door-to-door sales kind of things — and we have no law to have them register with the town and follow our rules and regulations pertaining to zoning — then we’re putting our citizens in a situation where we don’t know if they’re legitimate businesses,” Garrant said.

Garrant added that the ongoing garage sale, which she said was more of a flea market, represented a traffic hazard.

“It’s a very busy road,” Garrant said of the Military Turnpike, where the sale is located.

Garrant said she wanted to reassure residents that the regulation has not yet been passed and would not outlaw activities like yard or garage sales.

Relation said at the meeting the new law would be inspired by a solicitors local law in the town of Plattsburgh.

“I think the board wants to precede and tailor-make a law for the town similar, but tailored for Beekmantown,” Relation said. “Maybe not quite as stringent as what Plattsburgh has, but I think we need to have something.”

The supervisor was firm that Beekmantown would be working on a regulation.

“Bottom line is we want to pursue it,” Relation said. “We will be developing a local law in that regard.”

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