Be cautious with door-to-door salesmen; plus other Groveport news

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Door-to-door sales people can be a common sight in a community and most are legitimately doing their work, but others could possibly be a problem.

“If residents come across any door-to-door salesman who seem questionable, they should notify the police,” said Groveport City Councilman Scott Lockett.

Groveport Police Chief Ralph Portier said that officers have made arrests in some cases when it was discovered that a door-to-door salesperson had an outstanding warrant.

“The company may be legitimate, but their workers may have problems,” said Portier.
Portier said companies wishing to conduct door-to-door sales must come to the Groveport Police Department to

obtain a permit from the city, which costs $25. If they do not have a Groveport permit they cannot do business in town.

“A county or township permit does not apply in Groveport,” said Portier. “They must have a Groveport permit.”
Portier said the police department thoroughly checks out a company before issuing a permit.

If particular door-to-door salespersons are viewed to be overly aggressive or their behavior offends residents, Portier said police will rescind their permit.

Cost of living adjustment
Groveport City Council approved a 2 percent cost of living adjustment for city employees.

The legislation increases the city employee pay scale by 2 percent.

“It does not change employee pay unless there is an employee whose current pay is less than the new minimum,” said City Administrator Marsha Hall.

Hall said the change affects the city’s seasonal employees the most.

According to Hall, the city’s compensation plan requires officials to determine if a cost of living adjustment is necessary. She said, per the Social Security Administration, the cost of living for 2018 is 2 percent.

Revised golf course rates
Council is considering a revision to the rates for The Links at Groveport golf course.

Golf Director Tom Walker said the recommended rate change is part of an “effort to grow the game and institute programs for player development.”

Under the proposed rate revision, from May through August on Saturdays after 1 p.m., all players age 14 and under play for free when accompanied by a paying adult, with a limit of two junior players per adult.

Walker added that, if the rate revision is approved, additional tee options of 150 yards, 200 yards, and 250 yards could be instituted to accommodate players of different ages and skill levels. He said there are also discussions about offering a free golf clinic on Saturdays from May through August to increase interest from youths and to help those beginning to play golf.

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