VERNON — The City of Vernon is still seeking measures that would regulate peddlers and protect local businesses, but the council says the current proposed ordinance needs a lot of work.
Somewhat based on Chipley's peddler's ordinance, the current proposal calls for a $1,500 application fee, which would need to be renewed each year.
"I know I wouldn't want to pay that," said Councilwoman Gwen March. "But we need to have something in place because this is a protection for (local businesses) who have already jumped through all the hoops and pay city utilities and other fees. It's not fair for someone to just come in (and be allowed to sell goods) and undercut our local people."
Councilwoman Tina Sloan said in addition to protecting Vernon's businesses, she wants to protect its beauty as well.
"I don't want the whole corridor to turn into a peddlers' market," said Sloan. "We need (this ordinance), and the council needs to step up and protect those who have already done what they're supposed to do."
Mayor Michelle Cook says the council had not had a chance to review the proposal together until they met in a workshop Monday.
"This is the first chance we've really had to sit down and look at this together," said Cook. "It definitely needs some work."
Vernon resident Candice Hodges suggested the council consider smaller, more frequent fees.
"I'd ask the council to consider maybe making the fees quarterly or granting weekend permits," said Hodges.
The ordinance is expected to be back on the table when Vernon City Council meets Tuesday, September 2.