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Vendors versus taxpaying businesses
MEXICO -- Criteria for hawkers/peddlers licenses presented a lengthy discussion for selectmen at their May 14 meeting.
Despite the fact that the town recently raised the fee charged from $25 to $100, the concern was that perhaps the year's license needs to reflect how often they can set up.
The issue was raised during a public hearing for David Myerscough, who sells tools. Last summer, he set up on property right near Puiia Lumber Co., which also sells tools, but also pays taxes and provides jobs.
Selectman George Byam asked if they could deny issuing the license because the fee is "still out of proportion."
Board Chairman Richie Philbrick responded, "I don't know how we can say 'no.' On what grounds?"
Selectman Peter Merrill noted, "He could sit out there all summer."
Selectman Byron Ouellette said, "We really need to think about this."
Town Manager John Madigan suggested that perhaps there should be an ordinance to restrict the number of days the license could be used.
Byam said maybe they should look at what other towns are doing. He added that they want to be fair to their taxpayers, but felt they addressed that by raising the fee.
Selectman Reggie Arsenault, who also serves on the Planning Board, suggested that it go back to the Planning Board for consideration of an amended ordinance. The board agreed, after approving the license for Myerscough.
The fee schedule for vendors will be on the agenda for the Planning Board at their meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the town office conference room.
The Planning Board will also discuss the budget ordinance proposed by Albert Aniel; a police for department heads on purchases over $2,500; and continued discussion on new regulations on mobile home parks.
In other business by selectmen, Philbrick presented Arsenault with a five-year service recognition award. Philbrick explained to the board that since Arsenault was unable to attend the award ceremony, Madigan accepted it on Arsenault's behalf.
It was formally announced that Police Chief Jim Theirault will be retiring, effective, Jan. 10, 2014.
Theriault announced that the department has been awarded a pair of grants. One is $2,500 for the Click or Ticket program. The second is a $3,000 ATV grant.