YUKON — With warmer weather approaching, police said they will begin enforcing recently enacted changes to the city’s solicitors ordinance.
Police said they will focus on four changes to the ordinance. A solicitor’s registration card must be displayed at all times when they are communicating with a resident or business owner. Under previous rules, solicitors didn’t have to show their registration card unless someone asked them. "Residents would call the police department to let us know that there were people going door to door soliciting, but they couldn’t tell us the person’s name or the name of the business being represented,” Police Chief Gary Wieczorek said. Solicitors will be given a lanyard for the registration card that can be worn around their neck. Another change made to the ordinance requires a waiting period of at least three business days after a solicitor’s application is completed. The waiting period will give the police department more time to perform background checks, Wieczorek said. The permit fee also increased under the amended ordinance. The cost is now $50 per day, $300 per week or $1,000 per year. Exemptions will still apply to some charitable organizations, according to the ordinance. The changes also allow for residents who don’t want solicitors contacting them to obtain a free sticker at the police department or city hall to place on their property. The amended ordinance was approved by city council members Feb. 2.