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Fees to increase to $45 per quarter for transient merchants in Colfax

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — Transient merchants operating in Colfax will now be required to pay a $10 registration fee, a $45 per calendar quarter permit fee and also will be required to carry a copy of the permit.

The Colfax Village Board approved the new provisions for the transient merchant ordinance at the May 26 meeting.

“How many of them let you know they are here?” asked Mark Halpin, village trustee.

Lynn Niggemann, village administrator-clerk-treasurer, said she could only find records of a couple of transient merchants obtaining permits over the last few years.

“Unless someone complains, we do not know they are (operating) in the village,” Niggemann said.

The old ordinance required a $10 registration fee and $5 per day that the merchant planned to operate in Colfax, or a $50 annual permit fee.

The new portion of the ordinance stipulates that no transient merchants can operate in the village without a license, and the license fee is $45 per quarter, with the calendar year quarters expiring March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31.

The registration fee is still $10, Niggemann said.

Farmers’ markets, organizations, non-profits and businesses that have a physical permanent location in Wisconsin are not required by state law to have a permit, she noted.

Transient merchants operating in the village will be given a copy of the permit to carry with them, Niggemann said.

Transient merchants will not be allowed to conduct sales unless they have a license, she said.

The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved the change in license fees for transient merchants.

The new section of the ordinance will go into effect upon publication in the Colfax Messenger.