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Lower Saucon Twp. residents may be able to permanently slam door on peddlers

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:30:48 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 05 2013 01:18:05 PM CDT
Lower Saucon Twp. council

Lower Saucon Twp. council

LOWER SAUCON TWP., Pa. -

Peddlers in one Northampton County municipality may soon be having a much harder time getting their foot in the door.

Lower Saucon Township Council was presented with a series of amendments to its peddling ordinance Wednesday night. One of them trims the number of hours peddlers can hawk their goods and services and another creates a registry of residents whose homes would be off-limits.

The amendments prepared by solicitor B. Lincoln Treadwell at the request of the police department will get a public hearing sometime in October.

Council vice president Thomas Maxfield said after the meeting there were no specific incidents that triggered police to ask for revisions to the ordinance, although he was aware of one complaint about a peddler arriving after dark.

One of the proposed amendments would cut back the hours peddlers are permitted to operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Treadwell said.

The amendments would require peddlers to get a permit from the police department and let police know they are going to be operating in the township 24 hours before they do.

Residents who do not want peddlers on their property can have their names placed on a registry that will be maintained by the police department.

"The police department's intent [in asking for an amended ordinance] is to make the township safer," Treadwell said.

In other business, council appointed Chris Snyder as the township's dog control officer.

Township manager Jack Cahalan said Snyder's appointment is "the last piece of the puzzle" in Lower Saucon's effort at stray animal control, which included the purchase of a kennel placed in the public works area a few months ago.

Cahalan said Snyder, who is chief of the Steel City Volunteer Fire Company, was chosen from among five applicants and that he will be paid a yearly stipend of $2,500.

Council gave Cahalan the go-ahead to find out how much it would cost to improve and enhance electronic equipment used at township council meetings.

Cahalan suggested bringing video cameras into council's meeting room. One system would focus a camera on the dais where the board sits and another on the podium where speakers address council. A more sophisticated setup would allow the cameras to pan, tilt and zoom, Cahalan noted.

Cahalan said council could also provide for a live broadcast feed to a wall-mounted flat-screen TV in the lobby, in case of overflow crowds in the 150-capacity meeting room.

Council could add hand-held microphones at the dais and podium, as well as equipment for the hearing impaired and devices that would allow members to have input at meetings even if they couldn't be in the building, the manager said.

Council members could consider switching from laptops to tablets, Cahalan said.

Council set the time and date for trick or treating -- 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25.