[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Neshkoro 4-5-1999 as Title 7, Ch. 4, of the 1999 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any transient merchant to engage in direct sales within the Village of Neshkoro without being registered for that purpose as provided herein.
In this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated in this section:
- CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION
- Includes any benevolent, philanthropic, religious, patriotic or eleemosynary person, partnership, association or corporation, or one purporting to be such, including, for example, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs and school organizations.
- The Village of Neshkoro Clerk-Treasurer or Deputy Clerk-Treasurer.
- Includes personal property of any kind and shall include merchandise, goods or materials provided incidental to services offered or sold. The sale of merchandise includes donations required by the seller for the retention of merchandise by a donor or prospective customer.
- PERMANENT MERCHANT
- Any person who, for at least one year prior to the consideration of the application of this chapter to said merchant:
- All humans of any age or sex, partnerships, corporations, associations, groups, organizations and any other description of a collection of human beings working in concert or for the same purpose or objective.
- TRANSIENT MERCHANT
- Any individual who engages in the retail sale of merchandise at any place in this state temporarily and who does not intend to become and does not become a permanent merchant of such place. The term shall include, but not be limited to, peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants. The sale of goods includes donations required by the transient merchant for the retention of goods by a donor or prospective customer. For purposes of this section, "sale of merchandise" includes a sale in which the personal services rendered upon or in connection with the merchandise constitutes the greatest part of value for the price received but does not include a farm auction sale conducted by or for a resident farmer of personal property used on the farm or the sale of produce or other perishable products at retail or wholesale by a resident of this state.
The following shall be exempt from all provisions of this chapter:
Regular delivery routes. Any person delivering newspapers, fuel, dairy products or bakery goods to regular customers on established routes.
Wholesalers. Any person selling merchandise at wholesale to dealers in such merchandise.
Agricultural products. Any person selling Wisconsin agricultural products which the person has grown.
Deliveries by permanent merchants. Any permanent merchant or employee thereof who takes orders at the home of the buyer for merchandise regularly offered for sale by such merchant within this county and who delivers such merchandise in their regular course of business.
Requested home visits. Any person who has an established place of business where the merchandise being sold or is offered for sale on a regular basis, and in which the buyer has initiated contact with, and specifically requested, a home visit by said person.
Prior sales transactions. Any person who has had, or one who represents a company which has had, a prior business transaction, such as a prior sale or credit arrangement, with the prospective customer.
Services not offering merchandise. Any person selling or offering for sale a service unconnected with the sale or offering for sale of merchandise.
Auctions; sales authorized by statute. Any person holding a sale required by statute or by order of any court and any person conducting a bona fide auction sale pursuant to law.
Charitable organizations; limited exemptions. Any employee, officer or agent of a charitable organization who engages in direct sales for or on behalf of said organization, provided that there is submitted to the Village Clerk-Treasurer proof that such charitable organization is registered under § 440.42, Wis. Stats. Any charitable organization engaging in the sale of merchandise and not registered under § 440.42, Wis. Stats., or which is exempt from that statute's registration requirements, shall be required to register under this chapter.
Alleged transient merchants. Any person who claims to be a permanent merchant, but against whom complaint has been made to the Village Clerk-Treasurer that such person is a transient merchant, provided that there is submitted to the Village Clerk-Treasurer proof that such person has leased for at least one year or purchased the premises from which he/she is conducting business or proof that such person has conducted such business in this Village for at least one year prior to the date complaint was made.
Persons licensed by examining boards. Any individual licensed by an examining board, as defined in § 15.01(7), Wis. Stats.
Village authorized events. This chapter does not apply to transient merchants while doing business at special events authorized by the Village Board.
License information. Applicants for licensing must complete and return to the Village Clerk-Treasurer a license form furnished by the Clerk-Treasurer which shall require the following information:
Name, permanent address and telephone number, and temporary address, if any;
Height, weight, color of hair and eyes, and date of birth;
Name, address and telephone number of the person, firm, association or corporation that the transient merchant represents or is employed by, or whose merchandise is being sold;
Temporary address and telephone number from which business will be conducted, if any;
Nature of business to be conducted and a brief description of the merchandise offered and any services offered;
Proposed method of delivery of merchandise, if applicable;
Make, model and license number of any vehicle to be used by applicant in the conduct of his business;
Last cities, villages, towns, not to exceed three, where applicant conducted similar business just prior to making this registration;
Place where applicant can be contacted for at least seven days after leaving this Village; and
Statement as to whether applicant has been convicted of any crime or ordinance violation related to applicant's transient merchant business within the last five years, the nature of the offence and the place of conviction.
Identification and certification. Applicants shall present to the Village Clerk-Treasurer for examination:
A driver's license or some other proof of identity as may be reasonably required;
A state certificate of examination and approval from the sealer of weights and measures where applicant's business requires use of weighing and measuring devices approved by state authorities;
A state health officer's certificate where applicant's business involves the handling of food or clothing and is required to be certified under state law; such certificate to state that applicant is apparently free from any contagious or infectious disease, dated not more than 90 days prior to the date the application for license is made.
License; fees. Except as provided by § 461-3, no person shall conduct any activity as a transient merchant without a license. Every applicant for a license shall pay a license fee. The fee shall be as set by the Village Board and shall be paid to the Village Clerk-Treasurer. Such license shall be daily.
Editor's Note: The current Fee Schedule is on file in the Village office.
The Village Clerk-Treasurer shall refuse to issue a permit if it is determined that the application contains any material omission or materially inaccurate statement; complaints of a material nature have been received against the applicant by authorities in the last cities, villages and towns, not exceeding three, in which the applicant conducted similar business; the applicant was convicted of a crime, statutory violation or ordinance violation within the last five years, the nature of which is directly related to the applicant's fitness to engage in direct selling; or the applicant failed to comply with any applicable provision of § 461-4B above.
Any person denied registration may appeal the denial through the appeal procedure provided by ordinance or resolution of the Village Board or, if none has been adopted, under the provisions of §§ 68.07 through 68.16, Wis. Stats.
A transient merchant shall be prohibited from calling at any dwelling or other place between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. except by appointment; calling at any dwelling or other place where a sign is displayed bearing the words "No Peddlers," "No Solicitors" or words of similar meaning; calling at the rear door of any dwelling place; or remaining on any premises after being asked to leave by the owner, occupant or other person having authority over such premises.
A transient merchant shall not misrepresent or make false, deceptive or misleading statements concerning the quality, quantity or character of any merchandise offered for sale, the purpose of his/her visit, his/her identity or the identity of the organization he/she represents. A charitable organization transient merchant shall specifically disclose what portion of the sale price of merchandise being offered will actually be used for the charitable purpose for which the organization is soliciting. Said portion shall be expressed as a percentage of the sale price of the merchandise.
No transient merchant shall impede the free use of sidewalks and streets by pedestrians and vehicles. Where sales are made from vehicles, all traffic and parking regulations shall be observed.
No transient merchant shall make any loud noises or use any sound-amplifying device to attract customers if the noise produced is capable of being plainly heard outside a one-hundred-foot radius of the source.
No transient merchant shall allow rubbish or litter to accumulate in or around the area in which he/she is conducting business.
After the initial greeting and before any other statement is made to a prospective customer, a transient merchant shall expressly disclose his name, the name of the company or organization he/she is affiliated with, if any, and the identity of merchandise or services he/she offers to sell.
If any sale of merchandise is made by a transient merchant or any sales order for the later delivery of merchandise is taken by the seller, the buyer shall have the right to cancel said transaction if it involves the extension of credit or is a cash transaction of more than $25, in accordance with the procedure as set forth in § 423.203, Wis. Stats.; the seller shall give the buyer two copies of a typed or printed notice of that fact. Such notice shall conform to the requirements of § 423.203(1)(a), (b) and (c), (2) and (3), Wis. Stats.
If the transient merchant takes a sales order for the later delivery of merchandise, he/she shall, at the time the order is taken, provide the buyer with a written statement containing the terms of the agreement, the amount paid in advance, whether full, partial or no advance payment is made, the name, address and telephone number of the seller, the delivery or performance date and whether a guarantee or warranty is provided and, if so, the terms thereof.
A license may be revoked by the Village Board after notice and hearing if the licensee made any material omission or materially inaccurate statement in the application for a license, made any fraudulent, false, deceptive or misleading statement or representation in the course of engaging in direct sales, violated any provision of this chapter or was convicted of any crime or ordinance or statutory violation which is directly related to the licensee's fitness to engage in direct selling.
Editor's Note: Original subsection (b), pertaining to written notice of revocation, which immediately followed this subsection, and original Sec. 7-4-9, Special event vending permit, which immediately followed this section, were deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).