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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • City looks at ‘No solicitation’ rule, gets update from Ultra Green

  • Much of the discussion at Monday's regularly scheduled meeting of the Devils Lake City Commission centered around information presented by visitors.
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  • Much of the discussion at Monday's regularly scheduled meeting of the Devils Lake City Commission centered around information presented by visitors.
    The evening began as Edward Jones representatives Allen Fanin, Justin Johnson and Matt Perleberg visited with the commission regarding City Ordinance 9.64.010 which has to do with door-to-door solicitation by businesses or individuals.
    The men from the national financial services firm noted that it is regular procedure for new new financial advisors to introduce themselves to the community by visiting residences.
    "By doing this, we're not going into homes asking for a check," Fanin, a regional leader with Edward Jones, stated. "This is the best way to introduce new advisors into the community and let residents know where we are located. It's a way to get to know the people of the community."
    Ultimately, the company officials were looking to see if that particular protocol would be considered solicitation as part of the city's ordinance. After deliberation by the city attorney, chief of police and commission members, it was decided that what Fanin, Johnson and Perleberg had described was not solicitation if products were not being sold within the homes of residents.
    Also, Mack Traynor, CEO of Ultra Green, gave an update of the Devils Lake business.
    The manufacturer produces environmentally products such as take-and-bake pizza pans, bakeware and dishware by using renewable natural resources.
    Traynor noted that the production plant, located in the former Pasta by Leonardo's location, is operational and doing well. There are currently 15 employees and Traynor noted that there is a need for more.
    "We are selling products as fast we can make them," Traynor told the commission. "The company is actively looking for product technicians. The growth has been high so far."
    The Ultra Green CEO noted that commission members would soon be invited to the facility for a tour.
    "When you see it in action, it is very impressive," Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson stated about the manufacturing process.
    In other business, the Devils Lake Cemetery is currently closed to the public due to wet and muddy conditions. Services will take place and be arranged as needed.
    Also, Devils Lake Police Department Chief of Police Keith Schroeder noted that the noise ordinance committee recently met. The committee is currently working to acquire a meter to test regular noise limits within city limits.

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