With warm weather comes more knocks on the door from solicitors. The City Council passed an ordinance last March to give citizens more tools to protect themselves and their property from unwanted solicitation:
1. Solicitors may only come to your door between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
2. Solicitors are now required by law to obey signs such as "No Soliciting" or "No Trespassing"
3. If you direct a solicitor to leave your property, he or she must do so by law
If solicitors in your neighborhood break any of these rules, call the police.
The maximum penalty for breaking the ordinance is a fine up to $1,200 and six months in jail.
Follow this link and click on District 9 to hear Councilor Bynum talk more about the issue in the April edition of "Council District Focus".