Good Hope mulls specialized business licenses for peddlers

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The Good Hope City Council / Nick Griffin for The Tribune

 

GOOD HOPE – The Good Hope City Council, at its regular meeting Monday night, heard updates from council members and mulled business licenses for peddlers.

Councilwoman Susan Eller gave a brief report, saying that hail damage that forced several stores on the south end of the city of Cullman to close could possibly affect the portion of sales tax revenue that the City of Good Hope receives.

Opening Day for Good Hope Parks and Recreation’s youth baseball league was rained out last week, but league play began Monday night and the fields and parking lot were full just outside of town hall. According to Councilman Taft Dillashaw, other than the rain-out on opening day, everything has started off very well for this year’s league.

The last thing the council discussed was whether a special business license should be designed for peddlers. Good Hope City Clerk Christie Chamblee reported that she received a business license application from Vector Marketing Corporation, a New York-based company that sells cutlery door to door. According to Chamblee, Good Hope received an application from a foreign peddler business a couple of years ago that did not have work visas and it raised questions with the council as to how it should handle peddler applications and if it need to develop a specialized license for them.

No official decision was made, and Vector’s application was accepted, but the council went over some ideas for what it should do in the future. The topic was tabled for further discussion, but the council said it will begin looking into policies in place in nearby cities before developing its own process.

The council will meet again on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Good Hope City Hall.

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