Council Approves Peddler Permit, Service Sign

On Monday, June 12, Milford City Council unanimously approved a peddler’s permit requirement as well as the relocation of a Service Organization sign. The former Service Organization signs were taken down when the new welcome signs were installed on Route 113.

“Recently, we replaced signs at the entrance to Milford that had deteriorated significantly,” Eric Norenberg, City Manager, said. “The new sign now meets all DelDOT guidelines. Over the years, service organizations in the City, like the Lions Club, the Rotary and others had added their own signs to the welcome sign and when the old sign was replaced, those signs were removed. We’ve had requests from members of those organizations to reinstall the service organization signs, but doing so would mean our welcome sign no longer meets DelDOT regulations.”

Mr. Norenberg said that he had worked with Brad Dennehy, Director of Parks and Recreation, to locate another place where the sign would be visible to people entering and leaving town. The location that seemed to be the most appropriate was on the corner of Northeast Front Street and North Walnut Street by the municipal parking lot across from the former Lou’s Bootery building. Another location would be at the entrance to Fisher Avenue by the Milford Parks and Recreation building.

The fence that surrounds utility pedestals at the downtown location will be replaced and the new sign installed in front of the fence. “There is already a sign post there with posters from DMI and Parks and Rec,” Councilwoman Lisa Peel said. “We want this to be visible to a lot of people, so I think that location is the perfect spot for the sign.” Councilman Chris Mergner asked if the sign would be paid for by the City and Mr. Norenberg explained that each service organization could be asked for funding in order to place their sign on the post. The motion to relocate the sign passed unanimously.

In other business, Council discussed a Peddler and Soliciting Permit. The permit was created at the request of the Police and Community Affairs Committees to address food trucks and other mobile companies that may conduct business in the town. “The police had some concerns about the original wording of the ordinance which required a background check of all traveling companies who did business in Milford,” Mr. Norenberg said. “They felt that this would be excessive. The ordinance now reads that only those who go door-to-door or whose business would travel through neighborhoods, like ice cream trucks, would need to undergo background checks.”

Mr. Norenberg said that food trucks and vendors who are operating at specific events, like Bug and Bud Festival or Riverwalk Freedom Festival are exempt from the permit as they would be covered under the special event permit. In addition, people traveling door-to-door for religious purposes, political candidates or causes are exempt from the permit. Councilman Archie Campbell asked who was responsible for policing the permits and Chief of Police Kenneth Brown said that the event organizers are responsible for making sure the vendors are supposed to be at the event. He said that they do a good job of making sure the right vendors are there and calling in police officers when they are needed.

“There have been some issues with the parade each year with unauthorized vendors,” Councilwoman Katrina Wilson said. “I know the police are quick to deal with those issues and those people are asked to leave.”

City Solicitor David Rutt also reported that changes to the City Charter had been reviewed by the Delaware Senate who made a few minor recommendations, most of which were wording improvements. The changes were made and the Senate passed the updated Charter. The Charter is now in the House of Representatives and was heard on Wednesday, June 14. Once it has passed the House, which is anticipated to be by the end of June, it will become law.

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