Door to Door Solicitation an Issue in College StationFeatured Stories, News Friday, February 15th, 2013
The College Station City Council has asked staff to respond to complaints from the Pebble Creek homeowners association about door to door salespeople.
The issue was raised during Thursday’s meeting by councilwoman Julie Schultz.
CScoun021413salesmen.mp3Julie Schultz opens city council discussion.
City staff told the council members they would send an e-mail explaining the local rules.
Meanwhile, a man who was soliciting in College Station’s Foxfire subdivision Thursday night who showed police he had a permit to sell cleaning supplies was arrested on an unrelated matter. Police discovered an Ohio man was wanted on an escape charge.
PatriciaLogan021513.mp3WTAW’s Bill Oliver visits with Patricia Logan of the College Station Police Department about the arrest and the requirements for a solicitor’s permit.
Friday evening, city officials announced the company that hired the Ohio man is barred from performing door-to-door solicitations in College Station.
College Station ordinance requires all solicitors and handbill distributors to have a permit which, if approved by the city, is only valid for a limited amount of time.
City officials remind residents they are not obligated to respond to a solicitor’s knock at the door or ringing of a doorbell, and extra caution is urged should any unknown person approach your home, especially after dark. While full ordinance compliance may exist, a resident should trust his or her instinct and contact police at 979-764-3600 (non-emergency) if any suspicious activity is observed.
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