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Sturgis Council Update

Sturgis Council Update
Sturgis passes first reading of ordinance to regulate door-to-door salespeople
Gary Matthews - April 18, 2017

STURGIS, S.D. – After receiving a number of complaints from citizens, Sturgis is cracking down on door-to-door salespeople.

The city council passed first reading of an ordinance this week that will require those salespeople to get a permit from the city.

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says they are trying to address the issue before it gets worse.

"We honestly have had, over the past three summers probably, an incrasing number of door-to-door salesmen and an increase in the number of complaints from residents regarding their behavior. So we are trying to streamline it to make it easier to make sure they are fully licensed and then also if we receive verifiable complaints, to revoke those licenses faster."

Ainslie says local organizations, such as the Girl or Boys Scouts, are exempt from the new ordinance.

Meanwhile, the council also passed final reading of an update billboard ordinance.

Ainslie says the update covers the new electronic and digital technology for billboards.

"It allows, when someone has an existing billboard that is in an allowable zone, and is a static billboard -- this will allow them to switch it over to an electronic one."

Ainslie says the updated ordinance will also eliminate the permit requirement that a temporary sign put up during a 30 day period covering the rally used to have.

He says city staff reviewed ordinances now in effect in several other South Dakota cities in drafting their new law.



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