AVON LAKE — A Do Not Knock registry list is now available in Avon Lake.
Approved unanimously at Monday’s City Council meeting, residents can sign up online, at City Hall, the senior center or at city events like tonight’s 6:30 p.m. Ward 1 and 2 meeting regarding comprehensive land use, at Learwood Middle School, 340 Lear Road.
The list will prohibit vendors from going to homes on the registry, but does not apply to nonprofits, political or religious canvassers or school groups. Council President Martin O’Donnell explained it is targeted at pushy businesses trying to take advantage of residents.
“We want to initially deal with vendors and most of the complaints dealt with vendors as well,” he said.
Those who sign up will get a red “no soliciting, no canvassing” sign to put in their front window or door. Their name will be added to a list that will be given to vendors when they get city approval to canvass. If vendors do not obey the sign, residents can call police as it would be considered trespassing, O’Donnell said. Criminal trespass is a fourth-degree misdemeanor in Avon Lake, punishable by up to 30 days in jail or 200 hours of community service, or a fine of up to $250. An organization convicted of a fourth-degree misdemeanor can be fined no more than $2,000, according to Avon Lake codified ordinances.
The new ordinance also requires city-sanctioned vendors to wear lanyards designating they’ve been approved. The lanyards must be visible and presented to residents; if not, homeowners can call the police on the unregistered vendor.
“We want to limit these types of concerns in neighborhoods, and we thought we needed to be a little tighter with what they show when they go to the door,” he said. “This has to be visibly shown when they go to the front door or when they go to your house.”
The registry is similar to that of neighboring cities, he said. Avon has a registry with 1,250 residents on it, Bay Village has one with roughly 2,500 signed up and North Olmsted has one with roughly 2,880, he said.
“I would urge residents of course to sign up for this,” O’Donnell said. “Especially if you have any elderly parents out there, I would suggest you get them to sign up so they aren’t bothered.”