[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Geddes at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Transient merchants — See Ch. 205.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any natural person, association, partnership, firm or corporation.
- (3) Neither the word "peddling" nor the word "soliciting" shall apply to:
- (a) Farmers seeking or taking orders for or selling or offering for sale their own produce.
- (b) The seeking or taking of orders for or the selling or offering for sale of bread or bakery products, meat or meat products or milk and milk products by any manufacturer or producer thereof.
- (c) The seeking or taking of orders for or the selling or offering for sale of insurance by insurance agents or brokers licensed under the insurance laws of the State of New York.
- SOLICITOR or PEDDLER
- Any person who shall engage in soliciting or peddling, respectively, as hereinabove defined.
- TRANSIENT MERCHANT
- A person who engages or proposes to engage temporarily in merchandising business in the Town of Geddes and occupies a room, building, tent, lot, stand or other premises for the purpose of selling, trading or bartering goods, wares and merchandise.
Usage. The singular shall include the plural.
No person shall engage in soliciting or peddling or act as a transient merchant in the Town of Geddes without first registering with the Town Clerk or an authorized town representative.
Every person desiring to engage in soliciting or peddling in the Town of Geddes shall first register, under oath, with the Town Clerk. Upon such application, such person shall give his name, address and age; his previous criminal record, if any: the name and address of the person for whom he works and a letter appended to the application authorizing the applicant to represent the firm the applicant purports to represent, if any; the type or types of article, device, subscription, contribution, service or contract which he desires to sell or for which he wishes to solicit within the town; the length of time he wishes to be registered; the type of vehicle he uses, if any, and its registration number; and the name, address and title of a company officer upon whom process or other legal notice may be served, if the applicant is a corporation or company.
Where a person makes application for himself and one or more helpers, all applicable personal information specified above shall be given for each helper, and an individual license shall be required for each helper. No license issued under this chapter shall be transferable from one person to another.
If the applicant for a license uses scales or measures in his business, he shall also file with his application for a license a certificate issued by the Onondaga County Sealer of Weights and Measures that his scales or measures have been tested and sealed.
No permit or license shall be issued under this chapter except upon payment of the fee established by the Town Board to the Town Clerk. The fee shall be established by resolution of the Town Board.
Upon registering with the Town Clerk as aforesaid, each solicitor or peddler shall be issued a license or permit and may, unless he shall have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, be permitted to solicit or peddle or act as a transient merchant within the town for the licensed period beginning on the date such license or permit is issued and ending on the expiration date thereof. Such license or permit shall not be transferable.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection A hereof, the Town Clerk shall be authorized to delegate the issuance of transient merchant licenses to the owner of any validly existing marketplace for casual retail sales and barter by independent vendors upon condition that said owner shall provide to the Town Clerk a complete list of vendors to whom licenses were issued.
Every solicitor or peddler shall, at all times while engaged in soliciting or peddling in the town, carry evidence of such registration upon his person and shall exhibit such evidence upon request to all police officers, town officials and citizens.
Every person holding a transient merchant license shall post said license in a prominent place in his business premises and shall maintain said license as such at all times.
No solicitor or peddler shall engage in selling or offering for sale or in seeking or taking of orders or contracts for any goods, wares, merchandise, article, device, subscription, contribution, service or contract not mentioned upon such license, nor shall any person use any vehicle for soliciting or peddling other than the vehicle registered upon his license.
No license issued under the provisions of this chapter may be transferred from one person to another. The person designated in said license shall be the only person authorized to engage in such business thereunder.
No person shall engage in soliciting or peddling at any time on Sunday or on any other day of the week before 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. except upon invitation from or an appointment with the resident.
No person engaged in soliciting or peddling or as a transient merchant shall hawk or cry his goods, wares, merchandise, articles, contracts or services upon any of the streets or sidewalks of the town, nor shall he use any loudspeaker or horn or any other device on public property for announcing his presence by which members of the public are annoyed.
No person engaged in soliciting or peddling or as a transient merchant shall park any vehicle upon any of the streets or alleys of the town in order to sort, rearrange or clean any of his goods, wares or merchandise or any samples, order books, contracts, circulars, literature or advertising matter pertaining thereto; nor may any such person place or deposit any refuse upon any such street or curbstone market or soliciting or peddling office by parking any vehicle upon any street or alley in the town for longer than necessary in order to solicit from or peddle to persons residing in the immediate vicinity.
No person engaged in soliciting or peddling or acting as a transient merchant shall occupy any of the streets or alleys or sidewalks of the town for the purpose of soliciting or peddling, with or without any stand or counter.
No person engaged in soliciting or peddling shall enter upon premises for the purpose of soliciting or peddling which are posted with signs indicating that soliciting or peddling thereon is prohibited.
No peddler or solicitor shall peddle, vend or sell his goods or wares within 200 feet of any church or place of worship or any place occupied exclusively as a public or private school or for school purposes, nor shall he permit his cart, wagon or vehicle to stand on any public highway within said distance of such school property.
No person shall solicit any business whatsoever at the scene of any accident within the incorporated area of the Town of Geddes.
Notwithstanding any other provision, no person shall sell merchandise at any public function held in the Town of Geddes, New York, on lands owned by the Town of Geddes, New York, without first obtaining written permission therefor from the Town Board; and the Board may, from time to time, adopt rules and regulations concerning such sales.
The Town Clerk shall keep a record of all registrations made under this chapter, and the Town Clerk shall supervise the activities of all holders of such licenses.
The following persons are exempt from the license requirements of this chapter:
Farmers engaged in selling only produce of their own farms from a truck or other vehicle.
Persons engaged in the sale of goods, wares and merchandise, the proceeds whereof are to be applied to any charitable or philanthropic purpose.
Persons soliciting contributions on behalf of organizations or nonprofit corporations registered under the provisions of the Executive Law § 172 or exempted from registration under the Executive Law § 172-a who, while soliciting, are possessed of a card or other written evidence of their appointment or authority to solicit for said organization or corporation.
Persons who have been licensed by the State of New York to engage in an activity described in § 145-1 hereof, when so engaged.
Persons 16 years of age or under.
Any license hereinafter issued may be revoked by the Town Clerk of the Town of Geddes upon the failure of the licensee to comply with the standards of conduct established in §§ 145-6 through 145-11 or upon ascertainment that the licensee has made any false statements in the application for the license hereunder or upon such licensee's being arrested and convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude.
Any person whose license has been revoked shall be entitled to appear, with counsel if desired, before the Town Board of the Town of Geddes at a regular or special meeting and be heard on behalf of a request for reinstatement of said license.
Each permit shall be issued in card form, shall be carried by the person for whose benefit it is issued and shall contain the following: the number of the permit, fee paid, date of issue, expiration date and the name, age, weight, color, name of employer, address and signature of the holder. The reverse side of such permit shall contain any regulations then in effect and controlling the holder, as well as any conditions and/or limitations to which such permit is subject.
This chapter shall not apply to town-approved garage sales.
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter will be guilty of an offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day's continuation of the offense shall be considered a separate offense.
In addition or as an alternative to the above-provided penalties, the Town Board may also maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the town in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or to restrain by injunction the violation of this chapter.
In addition, any person who violates any provision of the foregoing may be subject to a loss of license privilege herein granted.