LAKE PLACID - Hawkers and peddlers take note: If you want to do business in this community, make sure you have the right permits.
Speaking at Monday's village Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Craig Randall said that in the last three weeks, four or five vendors have come to the village to sell their wares on public property, and in some cases on private property. For the most part, the mayor said he and village Code Enforcement Officer Jim Morganson have been able to track down the vendors to ask them to apply for a "hawkers and vendors" license.
"And we pointed out to them they're not permitted to sell or to retail from public property in the village," Randall said. "That's been the board's policy right along."
Randall said two vendors were evicted from the park near Mirror Lake beach during recent canoe and kayak events. Two more were asked to apply for permits during the Ironman triathlon, and on Monday a vendor who had pitched a tent on Main Street near Bazzi's Pizza was reported to the village.
"None of these people are licensed to do what they're doing," Randall said. "If they're on private property selling for profit, that's fine, but they still have to have a hawker's license.
"I think about our merchants in the village who all pay their taxes or rent, one or the other, and they should expect us to make sure these rules are complied with."
Randall said some of the vendors who were caught without permits during Ironman had, in years past, paid the fee for the temporary license. For whatever reason, they didn't want to pay this year, the mayor said.
"We owe that protection to our own merchants as well as people who we bring into the community, such as (for) Ironman," he said. "There has to be a mechanism, and they have to follow the rules."
Randall said it can be tough to keep track of hawkers and peddlers, especially on Ironman Sunday.
"They pop up very quickly," he said.