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Nicholasville votes to limit itinerant businesses

Itinerant businesses such as food trucks and door-to-door sales people, may soon be facing new restrictions within the Nicholasville city limits.

Monday, the Nicholasville City Commission approved the first reading of an ordinance that would require such businesses to be licensed and to set their hours of operation.

Nicholasville Police Chief Todd Justice said he had received complaints from residents about people going from door to door and being mean or pushy, or not being able to verify who they are.

City Attorney Darren Sammons said it would not apply to people working on a specific route or with specific customers, he said.

“Therefore, they could do business almost like they are,” Commissioner Doug Blackford said.

When Commissioner Betty Black asked about its effect on children participating in fundraising efforts, Sammons said he believed that was already addressed in another section of the ordinance. He said he could include a clause excluding fundraising efforts for non-profit organizations before the second reading of the ordinance.

The ordinance was approved unanimously.

The commission also discussed reports of vandalism at the old wastewater treatment facility on Brown Street. Justice said officers have been patrolling the area nightly and fence issues have been repaired to help secure the site.

Mayor Pete Sutherland said cameras could be installed later, but no action was taken Monday.

In other action, the commissioners:

— authorized Sutherland to sign a resolution with Windstream for a utility pole attachment agreement.

— authorized Sutherland to sign a resolution with RSA Advisors concerning an upcoming bond issue.

— approved a net profit tax refund to Lone Oak Golf Course LLC for over payment.

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