Tinton Falls municipal officials move to establish ‘No Knock’ registry

TINTON FALLS – The Borough Council has  scheduled March 19 as the date for a public hearing on an ordinance that, if adopted, will amend the Tinton Falls municipal code and create a “No Knock” registry.

During the public hearing, residents may comment on and ask questions about the ordinance. Council members may adopt the ordinance following the public hearing.

Council President Gary Baldwin, Deputy Council President John Manginelli, Councilman Christopher Pak, Councilwoman Nancyanne Fama and Councilman Brock Siebert voted to introduce the ordinance on March 5.

The ordinance would give residents the opportunity to inform municipal officials they do not want peddlers, canvassers or solicitors to knock on the door of their home.

The Tinton Falls Police Department will maintain the list, known as the “No Knock” registry, of residents who fill out a form which indicates they do not want to be disturbed.

Any resident and/or occupant who signs up for the registry will be able to purchase, for a nominal fee, a sticker for display at his residence which indicates the home is on the “No Knock” registry, according to the ordinance.

Police will distribute the registered list of homes to a licensee at the time of issuance of a license to peddle, canvass or solicit. That individual will be prohibited from disturbing an individual who has signed up for the registry, according to the ordinance.

No solicitor, canvasser or peddler will be permitted to conduct door-to-door business or canvassing outside the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or sundown (whichever is earlier), according to the ordinance.