Residents of Pennington Borough are now able to register to be placed on a ‘No Knock’ list, in which solicitors, peddlers, and canvassers will not be allowed to knock on the door. After registering, residents can pick up a sticker from the Borough that can be placed in the window to alert solicitors that the house is registered on the ‘No Knock’ list.
The Pennington Borough Council passed the “No Knock” ordinance in June of this year and, at the July 2 meeting, Council members discussed the Borough’s application and registration process for both peddlers and solicitors, as well as the repercussions an organization or individual would face if reported to the police for not abiding with the ‘No Knock’ list.
The Council discussed a $100 fine for the first offense, $500 fine for the second, and $1000 fine for the third. However, the Council had some debate regarding whether the individual or the organization should receive the fine.
“One agent represents the whole company,” said Councilman Charles Marciante. “If you do one bad, it reflects back on the home company That’s strike one for them.”
“I think we need to do a public education piece so that if you register on the ‘No Knock’ list, and they knock, you say ‘no, I’m on the do not solicit list’ and the next action is to dial the non-emergency number for the police so that the police can come out and address it and get them out of town,” said Councilman Joseph Lawver.
The Council also passed many resolutions, such as payment requests, change orders, and the hiring of Keith Yasunas to the Pennington Police Department.
“Mr. Yasunas comes fully certified from the Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office,” said Marchiante. “So we have minimum training to do.”
Other updates included block parties on Laning Avenue on July 7 and September 3, the successful kickoff of the Pennington Library’s summer reading program, and the need for more crossing guards in the Borough.
The Pennington Council’s next meeting is scheduled for August 6 at Borough Hall, at which time the Council will finalize the amendments.
To register for the ‘No Knock’ list, please see the Pennington Borough website: penningtonboro.org.