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Council to take up solicitor ordinance

The Maumelle City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday night in the first meeting of the month.

With it being a holiday week, Mayor Mike Watson expects the big news on the agenda to be the third reading of the proposed ordinance that would impose new regulations on solicitors inside the city limits.

“We’ll be voting on that,” Watson said.

Because of parliamentary procedure, the measure would have to be either voted on, or pulled from the agenda on the third reading.

“It will create a no solicitation list,” Watson said. “We’ll require permits for solicitors.”

The ordinance would require both the people going door-to-door and those working as drivers to apply for the permit.

The permit process would be run through City Clerk Joshua Clausen’s office and those applying will have to provide photo identification and submit to a criminal background check.

In other business

Watson said, unless the weather takes a turn to the extreme dry, private firework displays will be permitted on July 4.

In previous years, private displays weren’t allowed because of Maumelle being in burn bans.

Watson said the private displays have to be on private property and fireworks are only allowed from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on the holiday.

— Jeremy Peppas

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