The Wichita City Council voted unanimously today to defer until Feb. 15 a decision on an ordinance that would ban fundraising solicitations at intersections.
The council also agreed to set up a study committee made up of two council members and representation from the police department and a few nonprofits that have applied for a solicitation permit. A vote will be taken at next Tuesday's council meeting on whether there will be a moratorium on the solicitation until a final decision is reached in February.
The local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association told the council that it raised $50,000 during Labor Day weekend this year with firefighters taking to the streets for the "Fill the Boot" fundraiser. Angela Kessler, executive director of the Ark Valley MDA chapter, told the council that their fundraising would be reduced 70 to 90 percent if the firefighters weren't allowed to use the intersections for collections.
Police had requested a complete ban of solicitation, citing public safety issues with increasingly busier intersections.