Door-to-door salespeople in Bath Township who fail to register before going to residentsí homes to sell their products or services will now face a criminal charge.
Summit County Council approved an ordinance Monday night that will add a criminal penalty to the current legislation, a minor misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $100.
The only penalty already on the books was a civil penalty, which just gave the township the right to file a lawsuit.
Bath Township administrator Vito Sinopoli told council Monday that all nine of the townships in the county were in support of the ordinance. Some council members had expressed concern that not all the townships were on the same page. Each township has the right to establish their own regulations or adopt the county ordinance. Five are in favor of adopting the county ordinance and four have their own township regulation.
Sinopoli said among the townships that have their own regulations, Copley and Coventry, have a criminal penalty of a minor misdemeanor, Sagamore Hills has no real penalty, but tells the solicitors to leave the area until they get a permit and Twinsburg Township only has a civil penalty, but expressed interest in allowing the new county ordinance to take over.
Bath, Boston, Northfield Center, Richfield and Springfield townships are all under the current county ordinance. The new ordinance will take effect this week.
In other county action, Summit County residents who donít pay their overdue sewer bills will be billed through the county fiscal office. That is, they will have to pay those overdue bills when they pay their property taxes. Of the 46,000 sewer accounts countywide, 4,379 are past due.
Every year the Department of Environmental Services sends delinquent bill notices out, but has no way to collect the past due sewer fees and must ask county council to certify the accounts. The certification gives the fiscal office the authority to collect the money by adding the amount to property tax bills.
Outstanding bills this year totaled $2.4 million compared with $2.5 million in 2012.
This does not affect city of Akron residents, just Summit County residents who are billed separately for their sewer usage.
County Council also passed resolutions in support of three issues on the November ballot.
Council as a whole backed them, urging residents to vote in their favor.
One resolution is in support of Issue I for the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Boardís renewal levy. Another is supporting the passage of Issue 3 for the Akron Zoological Parkís renewal levy and the third is in support of Issue 4 where the city of Akron is asking Akron residents to amend the city charter to allow the city to donate Akronís Recycle Energy System, the city owned steam plant, to Akron ChildrenísHospital.
Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or email@example.com.