The Village of Bethalto has dealt with door-to-door salesmen soliciting residents illegally on occasion, so the village recently updated its business code to add rules to how they may conduct themselves. There have been complaints of solicitors roaming neighborhoods in Bethalto without a permit on occasion, so this new addition to the code is expected to spell out more clearly defined rules.

Mayor Alan Winslow tells The Big Z they went from a one year license to a daily license, and the solicitors are required to show it before beginning their pitch.

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The business code was also modified to add a precious metals article, stating that any business that accepts jewelry and similar items must better track their transactions. They must collect a photo ID of the seller, photograph the item, and hold on to the item for a couple of weeks in case the police need to see it.

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