Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Panhandling in Spotsy
The Board of Supervisors will again look at prohibiting people from soliciting money or passing out information on public roadways and medians. The city recently added teeth to its panhandling ordinance.
A frequent spot for panhandlers in Spotsylvania is on the median strip on State Route 3 before the mall entrance. Sheriff Howard Smith initiated the ordinance change because of safety concerns.
One snag in an ordinance like this is it could impact Fire and Rescue fundraising efforts. According to county staff members, they consulted with the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department, which indicated its fundraising will take place on private property. Information for Spotsylvania Rescue and Chancellor volunteer departments is not included in the staff report.
A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 14.