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January 31, 2013

Councilor voices concern about area panhandlers

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McALESTER —

That led to the question, “Is panhandling a solicitation?” Another question followed: What’s the situation if the panhandler or person asking for help or a donation is on private property? Garvin also raised the question of what would happen if there should be a wreck or accident where a panhandler has stopped. He offered one suggestion.

“We could have a panhandling quarter” Garvin said. “No panhandling from Wyandotte Avenue to the Kinkead Hills.”

City police have ticketed panhandlers in the past for stepping onto a roadway to accept donations, but Garvin said he understood police can’t patrol the site all the time.

The council took no action on the matter during the last meeting since it was not on the agenda and had come up during a councilor’s report, but Garvin indicated he plans to bring the subject up again in the future. Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

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