The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 4, 2012

Hoopeston council to look at solicitors’ ordinance

BY CAROL HICKS
Commercial-News

HOOPESTON — City council members heard a complaint Tuesday from Hoopeston resident Cheryl Wallace about a children’s book solicitor that was in town.

A solicitor came to her home at 8 p.m. at night while her daughter was home alone and then accosted her at 8 a.m. the next morning when she was leaving for work. When she asked him for his business card, he wanted to know why she wanted it and refused to give the name of the company that he worked for when she asked for that as well.

"I find it a little ... (disturbing)," Wallace said.

Wallace stated she would like the council to look at the ordinance governing the hours solicitors can solicit.

Tom Bookwalter, Hoopeston police department radio personnel, said the two gentlemen were college students from another country.

"We don’t have regular hours to solicit in the ordinance," Bookwalter said.

Mayor Bill Crusinberry said council members will consider setting hours in the ordinance.

In other business, several items were discussed:

An ordinance for bounce houses in McFerren Park needed to be discussed in regard to insurance. According to Alderman Carl Ankenbrand, there is nothing in the ordinances that covers bounce houses and insurance on them.

Also discussed was a conditional use for Natasha Menschel to have a beauty shop in her home and a modification of plans for Anderson Funeral Home for an easement into the Evans property next door to add additional room for a drive-in front of the funeral home on East Main Street.

Max Page, Hoopeston resident, said that he would like to see the police escort for funerals reinstated regardless of the size of the funeral.

"It shows respect to have the police escort," Page said. He added there were problems for the funeral processions at lights and intersections sometimes when a escort is not there.

Crusinberry said he would look into the matter to see why the escort was stopped, and discuss it with the committee and Chief Mark Drollinger.

D. J. McCalla questioned why there was still a flooding problem on McCracken. The latest flood has ruined his floors and he said he doesn’t want to repair them and have them ruined again.

"After 30 years something should have been done," McCalla said.

Resident Jeff Keith suggested city officials think about having the council and committee meetings televised and shown on the Hoopeston channel to keep residents informed of what is happening at the meetings. With the new technology, NewWave Communications or possibly the high school media class could do it, he said.

Crusinberry said no one has approached the city about doing televised sessions.

What’s next

Hoopeston City Council members will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in City Hall, 301 W. Main St.