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Grovetown Council OK’s new rules on solicitation

Posted: October 11, 2011 - 8:46pm

Solicitors now need a permit to do business in Grovetown.

City officials passed an ordinance at Monday's monthly city council meeting requiring anyone soliciting contributions, employment or for business must have a permit.

"We had people that were showing up at the red lights collecting money for a church," Mayor George James said.

The ordinance was drafted after a police investigation revealed the donations were for a church near Atlanta. But the solicitors weren't on the up and up.

"They just weren't valid," James said. "We decided we needed to do something to control this situation."

Any charitable organization, including public and private schools and churches, are required to pay a fee to get a permit from the city 15 days prior to the solicitation on any public city roads, said Grovetown Planning and Zoning Director Connie Smith.

A pre-permit investigation includes a background check.

Permitted solicitors can only collect at intersections with traffic signals and cannot enter travel lanes unless all vehicles are stopped and they are approaching a car where an occupant indicates they want to make a donation.

Solicitation is permitted only from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.

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