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City reworking peddler laws
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A proposal that “closes loopholes that were perceived to be in our peddler license ordinance” will come before the Hinesville City Council later this month.
At the March 7 council meeting, City Manager Billy Edwards said some businesses with physical presences in the city thought they were exempt from getting peddlers licenses if they wanted to solicit business door-to-door.
“This spells out specifically that they need peddlers licenses,” he said.
The proposed ordinance was presented to council members for study.
In other routine business, the council:
• approved a peddler license for Robert Salhab to solicit business for Comcast.
• cancelled a hearing on an allegation that Best Western Fort Stewart Inn and Suites had failed to pay room taxes to the city for a couple recent months. Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas said the issue had been resolved.
• rezoned 4 acres from residential townhouse to single-family residential for Billy Jones and Noel Osteen. The land is off Olmstead Drive near Fort Stewart’s gate. At the suggestion of Fort Stewart planners, the rezoning approval includes a stipulation that notices be put on deeds that dust and noise from the post may be noticeable in homes in the new subdivision.
• approved the area where the redevelopment of Veterans Parkway would be studied. Councilman Charles Frasier questioned the size of the area. Staff, however, said the proposal was just for study, council would have chances later to question where redevelopment rules and incentives would be applied.
• approved a county plan for parking and green spaces behind the courthouse annex where the old Atlanta Gaslight Co. building used to be.
• approved grant applications to get $6,000 in equipment both for the police and fire departments.
• warned councilmen Keith Jenkins and Kenneth Shaw that the terms of their appointments to the sign appeals board, Larry Boggs and DeLandria Smith, respectively, expire in April.
• heard the city’s moratorium on Internet gaming/sweepstakes shops would expire again in May. It has been renewed seven times.
• heard Edwards’ report that staff is rewriting drainage ordinances that would loosen restrictions on runoff from property downtown that is redeveloped.

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