The Hendersonville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will vote next week on an ordinance changing what hours solicitors can go door-to-door.
Currently, solicitors cannot begin prior 8 a.m., and they can only solicit during daylight hours. This ordinance would change the hours to between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Standard Time or 6 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time.
Ward 4 Alderman Steve Brown, one of the sponsors of the ordinance, said that some constituents were startled by solicitors working late into the evening.
Ward 1 Alderman Peg Petrelli mentioned that police were getting a lot of calls on the Walton Ferry/Sanders Ferry peninsula from people concerned about solicitors coming on their property after dark.
Petrelli asked about an amendment eliminating Sundays from the days for legal solicitation. John Bradley, city attorney, said that the ordinance would need to go back to committee.
“There is no group more vocal than solicitors and their lobbies and their lawyers,” he said.
The ordinance passed unanimously, and the final vote will be April 13.