Council gives vendors the boot
- Change leaves merchants with few places to go
BY PAUL A. SPECHT - Garner-Clayton Record Staff Writer
After continued complaints from townsfolk and brick-and-mortar shops, the Town Council last week essentially banned roadside vendors.
Since 2006, Clayton has required street vendors to obtain a temporary business permit, and the number of complaints has fallen since then, said Town Manager Steve Biggs. "Before we had any ordinance, [the calls] were constant," he said.
Biggs described last week's council action as "just a refinement to the existing ordinance."
But the council banned so-called "stop and plop" merchants from using undeveloped land, and they cannot operate within 200 feet of a residence. Also, a merchant may not occupy the same spot for more than 30 days. (VENDORS - Full Article)