Dist. 3 Councilman Chip Collins

Sandy Springs District 3 Councilman Chip Collins is warning his constituents to question solicitors about whether they can do business in the city. Collins said via e-mail on Sept. 14 that he’d received a number complaints about questionable people knocking on doors.

“Solicitors in Sandy Springs have to have a city-issued permit,” Collins wrote. “Accordingly, I’ve worked with the SSPD and the city attorney and developed the following protocol for dealing with unwanted solicitors, which is as follows:

“If an unwelcome solicitor comes to your door, ask to see their city-issued permit for solicitation. If they don’t have one, call the police, who can come issue the person a citation and make them discontinue the non-permitted solicitations upon threat of arrest.  If the solicitor does have a permit, take their picture with your cellphone or camera and ask them to leave your property and not return. If they do return, call the police for trespass.”

In a separate and unrelated e-mail, Collins said there would be a town hall meeting next month to discuss the Johnson Ferry/Abernathy Road widening project and the Abernathy Linear Park project. Abernathy Greenway Linear Park will create the park along Abernathy Road and involve widening parts of the road next to the park. No official date for the meeting has been set, Collins said.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com