LIVINGSTON, NJ — A challenge made by Aptive Environmental LLC, a pest control service, prompted Livingston Township Attorney Sharon Weiner to add new language to Livingston’s Peddling and Soliciting Ordinance in order to remain compliant. The ordinance was adopted unanimously on Monday and also includes the addition of a “Do Not Solicit” list.
The peddling and soliciting ordinance surfaced due to grievances made by residents that some individuals were falsely representing themselves as city officials and aggressively attempting door-to-door sales activity.
Isaac Rockwell, branch manager of the Aptive Environmental group covering Livingston and its surrounding areas, stated that some of the issues his organization had with the ordinances dealt with the application process and the times when solicitation was allowed, which his company believed was unconstitutional.
“We are familiar with the process,” said Rockwell, who has challenged several municipalities in New Jersey with similar ordinances.
Since then, Aptive Environmental and Weiner have had fruitful correspondence that has resulted in the new ordinance.
“I am very happy with the communication with the township,” said Rockwell, who added that without change in the ordinance, Aptive Environmental could have possibly lost millions of dollars in profit.
The mayor and council, with the exception of Councilman Rudy Fernandez, who was absent from the meeting, voted in favor of the new ordinance. However, some Livingston residents held skepticism.
Livingston middle school student and Boy Scout Zachary Turbin stepped up to the microphone to question the city officials on how this might affect his fundraising abilities.
“Do we have to get a permit to sell popcorn?” asked Turbin, who has been part of the Boy Scouts organization for six years and explained that “one of the main ways to raise money is through selling popcorn.”
Councilman Michael Silverman shared similar unease at the prospect of Boy Scouts facing a challenge when it came time to sell popcorn and raise money, but Weiner quickly settled anxieties. She stated that the Boy Scouts organization as a whole would need to request a permit from the township rather than each individual scout, making it less onerous on the organization.
Some additions to the ordinance include a “Do Not Solicit” list, exemption from permit list and $50 per person for each permit. A copy of the ordinance can be found on the Livingston Township Agenda for Aug. 6 by clicking HERE.