Gloversville council to consider changing City Code

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday and consider a change to the City Code regarding peddling and soliciting within the city, according to meeting documents.

According to the proposed change in local law, the council believes the present form of chapter 202 of the City Code should be modified to provide “additional protections to the citizens of the city.”

The local law that will be considered by the council would make multiple changes.

City Attorney Anthony Casale said the most significant changes residents will see in the code are related to more thorough background checks, and several additional limitations or restrictions in the way individuals can solicit. The resolution also creates an administrative appeals process before the Common Council for when permits are denied or revoked.

“We are looking for a comprehensive document that shows anyone who is doing business within the city is an upstanding citizen that has a good reference and background,” Mayor Dayton King said. “We are happy to give permits to people that are doing what they should be doing.”

One of the other changes will require applicants to provide residents with all pertinent information regarding the solicitation visit, so the public has full knowledge of the solicitation taking place within the city. The notification must be provided to local media and the city no less than five days prior to the start of the solicitation, according to meeting documents.

According to meeting documents, it also creates a “do not solicit” list where residents can sign up to be included on the list, which is provided to the person seeking a permit during the application process.

The change also allows any person aggrieved by the action of the Chief of Police or the City Clerk in the denial of an application for a permit or license to have the right to appeal to the Common Council.

According to meeting documents, the Common Council would then set a time and place for a hearing. The decision and order of the council on the appeal would be final and conclusive.

“There are a lot more teeth to this now,” Casale said about the changes.

The city previously had to pay a considerable amount of money to cover the cost of the Sno Kone Joe hearing regarding the owner’s permit being denied last year, city officials said.

City Finance Commissioner Bruce Van Genderen previously said the cost to hire outside counsel was about $6,187 for the period of May 2 to June 3.

“Instead of somebody having to go through a court proceeding, they can go before another panel within our city government,” King said about the new appeals process. “It doesn’t require us to go to court and also allows some new eyes to look at it, which I think is good.”

Blight worker

The council also has two resolutions before them to consider related to the best way for the city to solve its blight problem.

At the last meeting, the council debated and tabled the resolution that would have the city create a new Department of Public Works laborer position – for $28,808 – with the primary function of addressing blight conditions on properties in the city.

The other tabled resolution sought the solicitation of bids to hire an independent contractor to perform lawn and snow abatements.

The council asked Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones to find the expected cost of hiring outside contractors so it can be compared with the suggested DPW position.