WINFIELD | A comprehensive new law will soon keep peddlers, solicitors and fundraising groups off the town’s streets, and anyone violating this new ordinance faces up to a $2,500 fine.
The Winfield Town Council has unanimously adopted the sweeping new ordinance prohibiting “any individual, firm, partnership, society or entity organization” from using any street within the town’s corporate limits for those activities.
The ordinance takes effect as soon as a legal notice about the law is published in The Times, said Winfield Clerk-Treasurer Rick Anderson. That publication is expected within the next week, he said.
Over the last two months, the council has discussed major safety concerns about groups, including school-aged children, walking into traffic on such busy roads as Randolph Street and 109th Avenue to raise funds and sell merchandise for various school projects.
“It’s just too dangerous,” said Councilman Don Samborg.
The new ordinance also prohibits house-to-house solicitation if the person engaged in this activity uses a town street to access those houses either by car or on foot, said Town Attorney David Austgen during the discussion.
This ordinance provision could affect door-to-door election campaigning and will prohibit fundraising, Austgen said.
The new ordinance replaces one adopted in October 2001 that sought to regulate and license those who participate in these activities along Winfield’s streets.
A fine not to exceed $2,500 will be charged upon conviction of anyone violating this new law. The fine is applicable each day that the prohibited activities continue, the ordinance states.
In addition, anyone found to have violated this new law will be “required to pay the Town of Winfield’s attorney’s fees, court costs and any miscellaneous costs and expenses incurred by the town or its officials,” according to the ordinance.