Hattiesburg City Council to redefine City Vendor Ordinance

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg City Council hope to redefine the city's vendor ordinance.

City Council President Kim Bradley said the council was presented with a plan in yesterday's work session that would better define the rules that vendors and solicitors must use if setting up shop in neighborhoods.

"The problems that we have, we have companies coming into neighborhoods whether they're selling security systems, selling vacuum cleaners, whatever they are, we have a problem," Bradley said. "They don't respect the homeowner. They don't respect the fact that is someone's private residence, and we need to hold them accountable."

Bradley said if residents are currently having problems with vendors, they should call the police department for help. However, he also said to better handle the situation, the law must be restructured.

"If they want to come in and sell, they have a right to do that, but also we have rules," said Bradley.

The Peddlar and Solicitor Ordinance, and the Transient Vendor Ordinance are expected to be brought to the board for discussion after the first of the year.

"We need to better define those rules and better define the enforcement of the rules," said Bradley.