New Matthews ordinance restricts peddlers and itinerant merchants

The Town of Matthews has adopted a new ordinance requiring Peddler/Itinerant Merchants to obtain a permit and purchase a business privilege license before conducting business within Town limits. Previously, anyone wishing to solicit business door-to-door was only required to purchase a business privilege license.

Now, the Matthews Police Department will be able to conduct background checks on peddlers, door-to-door salespeople and other itinerant merchants and have the authority to deal with those who violate the ordinance. The merchant/peddler will be required to present the permit to citizens before soliciting for their business. The ordinance will also restrict door-to-door selling and solicitation to the hours of 9 am until one hour prior to sunset.

Non-profit organizations, such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc, do not have to adhere to the policy.

“Unfortunately, there are individuals who may not be scrupulous in their business endeavors. While this does not happen often we want to make sure our community is safe for our residents. This ordinance will allow us to protect our citizens as well as the businesspeople who are operating their businesses legally,” said Matthews Chief of Police Rob Hunter.

The ordinance goes into effect immediately. If you need more information on this process contact the Town’s Finance Department at 704-847-4411.

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Matthews Fire & EMS donates to Haiti

The Town of Matthews Fire & EMS Department has donated approximately 30 self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to the Port-au-Prince Rotary Club of Haiti. The equipment is used by firefighters to breathe during hazardous situations.

The department learned of the need in Haiti two months ago – prior to the earthquake. The SCBA were not being used by the Matthews Department because they have purchased new equipment that is compatible with that of other neighboring departments. The donated equipment is operational and usable. The department will work with Rotary members in the U.S. to ship the gear to Haiti.

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Want to hear Joe Wilson’s reaction to The State of the Union tonight?

You can follow him live on Facebook! Wilson will respond and take questions live via streaming video on Facebook. No lie.

The press release:

“Joe Wilson will be giving the first-ever live video response to a Presidential State of the Union address on Facebook. He will give his reaction to President Obama’s speech and call on Congress and the President to stop their government-takeover of health care and instead focus their attention on job creation by reducing taxes and limiting spending. Wilson will then take questions submitted online through his Facebook page. Continue reading

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