“No Knock” ordinance passes first reading

The Township Committee passed its first reading of an ordinance that will allow residents to prohibit solicitors from knocking on their house. 

Mantua Township Committee passed an ordinance on first reading that will allow residents to register for a No Knock decal that, when placed on a home, will prohibit solicitors from knocking. 

A new section to Chapter 296 “Peddling and Soliciting” of the township code will be created under the name Do Not Knock Registry. The code will allow the town to prepare a list of households that have notified the clerk that “peddling, hawking, soliciting, canvassing, itinerant vending and door-to-door sales enterprising” are not permitted. Residents can notify the town by filling out a form available at the clerk’s office. The list will be updated on July 1 of each year. 

Residents who apply will obtain a sticker to be displayed at their home. 

Any “canvasser, peddler, solicitor, itinerant vendor or owner or employee of a door-to-door sales enterprise” who violates the code will be subject to a fine, a one-year revocation of their license and will be ineligible to receive a new license for a year period.  

The ordinance will be considered for final passage and adoption during the next township committee meeting on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at the municipal building, where residents will have the opportunity to be heard during public comment. 

In other news:

  • The committee appointed a new officer to the Mantua Township Police Department. During the meeting, Kevin Flem was sworn in as a Special Law Enforcement Officer Class II (SLEO II) by Mayor Pete Scirrotto. Flem’s family, Chief Darren White and other fellow police officers were present. 
  • The committee appointed Ron Snyder as the new Fire Sub Code Official for Mantua Township.
  • The committee approved a shared services agreement that allows Mantua Township, Harrison Township, Borough of Glassboro and Rowan University to receive technical assistance and guidance from the County’s Department of Economic Development and the Gloucester County Improvement Authority for the redevelopment of the 322-Rowan West Campus area.
  • The teletypewriter (TTY) phone, a device that allows deaf or hearing-impaired individuals to communicate via the telephone by typing text messages, has been installed in the police department for after-hours contact with the dispatch center, according to Chief White.

The next township committee meeting is scheduled Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at the municipal building.