Village Shuts Down ID Proposal for Street Peddlers

Calling it an “unnecessary layer of government,” the Village Board votes against forcing door-to-door vendors from wearing a photo ID. Tell us what you think in our Patch Poll.

The Village Board voted against forcing door-to-door vendors to wear village-issued photo ID cards during Tuesday night’s board meeting, with some board members calling it an “unnecessary layer of government.”

Village Trustee Jason Wegner proposed the stricter rule for street peddlers in early April to ease concerns from residents regarding strangers knocking on doors. However, some trustees see this as a non-issue considering each street peddler gets a background check before the license is issued.

“A lot of people I talked with have told me they’re really lukewarm to the whole idea,” Trustee Bob Zarzynski said.  “They don’t care if someone has identification or not. They just don’t want to talk to the people.”

Almost every board member agreed, and considering religious groups would be excluded from the rule, they also thought it could become even more confusing for residents. The village issues about 35 peddler licenses a year.

“They don’t care if someone has identification or not. They just don’t want to talk to the people.”

According to Melissa Weiss, the assistant to the village administrator, of all the neighboring communities, only Elm Grove requires door-to-door salespeople to wear a badge. Most communities, including Sussex, simply require the person to get a background check and carry their license.

And Trustee Matthew Cmeyla thinks that’s all Sussex should require. He thinks residents would feel more secure if they simply knew the process peddlers had to go through to get a license.

“A lot of people don’t even know they have to go through a background check,” Cmeyla said. “If we can just educate the citizens that these people are getting background checks, that might be enough.”

Board members added that tacking on another requirement to the law could deter people from even applying for the license. When voting against the new license requirements, the village subsequently voted against an increase in the license’s price. 

Bradley Peil April 30, 2012 at 11:36 PM
they should have some sort of ID weather it is issued by local govt or not. some proof of a legit business would make sense. like even if there was an online registry of the vendors with some sort of signs on their vehicle. I've had people come to my father's property in Sussex when i was a kid that we were convinced they were just there to scope out our possessions. i suggest that the homeowner/tenant keep thier eyes on the vendor's eyes to see what that person is actually looking at. they could distract the homeowner/tenant with some sort of pamphlet i would say i'll look at it later after the vendor leaves. you can never be too safe!!
Tom Barrett May 01, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Why do they need to carry a license? It's not like they are voting. Oh wait.........
Pete May 01, 2012 at 01:08 PM
How is a resident suppose to know there has been a background check on anyone who comes to their door without an ID? WE energies advertises that their employees have an ID so people know who they are when the come to your door. Why shouldn't street peddlers? I suppose its so Barrett/Falk and Obama supporters can go door to door in Sussex and no one will know who they are. Again, the village board appears out of touch.
Andy Ambrosius May 01, 2012 at 02:08 PM
These people do carry around a license. ("Most communities, including Sussex, simply require the person to get a background check and carry their license.") They just don't need to wear something visible. I guess you could always just ask people for their license to be sure. But it sounds like people would like them to wear the ID badge.
Rita Hahn May 01, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Absolutely ,they should wear a badge.Too many elderly could fall for any stranger at the door.Anyone could make a fake license too.


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