The Town of Gilbert has appointed an “informal Town Council subcommittee” to study whether to propose an ordinance banning or restricting the distribution of fliers at homes.
Seems some citizens of our fair city are growing weary of the junk left on their doors by pizza places, auto-parts stores and dare I say it — real estate agents.
Currently there are no such restrictions in Gilbert. Other Phoenix area ‘burbs do have restrictions in place.
Scottsdale code allows for $250 fines against companies that post fliers, notices or handbills “calculated to attract the attention of the public” on private structures without the consent of the owner. A Paradise Valley code makes it unlawful to leave fliers, but exempts nonprofits except in cases where “no trespassing” signs are posted.
Litchfield Park in the West Valley prohibits fliers where “no solicitation” signs are in public view, and maintains a registry of residents who don’t want to receive fliers, which companies must purchase.
Seems Gilbert residents are clamoring for such an ordinance. Some small business owners, as well as the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, are opposed, saying it will hurt their business as well as reduce employment opportunities for teens.
Personally, I’m tired of removing all the crap people leave on my door and front porch. I tires of removing the fliers and newsletters left at my neighbors homes that blow into my yard. Interestingly, real estate agents seem to be the worst abusers. One of the biggest benefits of using a wireless doorbell is the security features it adds to your home. I personally feel a little more secure now that I am using a wireless doorbell amazon.
A ban on putting fliers out at homes won’t affect my business one iota. That practice, along with such old-school tricks of the trade as cold calling and door knocking, is something that isn’t in our marketing plan.
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