City Proposes Moratorium On Street Collections

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Wichita City Council has delayed a vote to ban charities from asking for money on public streets, instead proposing a moratorium until more study can be done.

The Wichita Police Department says collecting money at intersections has become a public safety issue.

Deputy Chief Teri Moses told the council the number of permits requested from non-profits has increased over the last ten years and city intersections have grown to five lanes.

Moses also said while she supports non-profits, the police department doesn't want people to get hurt while crossing traffic lanes to collect money.

Council woman Sue Schlaap agrees with public safety, but wondered if there is a way to allow the firefighters to continue to collect money for the MDA on Labor Day.

An MDA spokeswoman says if the ban is permanent, it would lose 75-90% of its donations.

The mayor recommended a committee be formed to study the issue further. The council will vote next week on setting up a temporary ban until February 15 when it is expected to vote.

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