Council puts off decision on banning fundraising at intersections

WICHITA — For a second time in two months, the Wichita City Council this morning deferred a decision on whether to adopt a total ban of fundraising at intersections.

By a 7-0 vote, the council opted to put off the decision until March 1. The temporary moratorium on intersection fundraising was extended until that date.

Citing safety concerns, police recommended that the council approve a total ban. It made the same recommendation Dec. 14, when the council deferred the decision and first invoked the moratorium.

Pat Hanrahan, president of the United Way of the Plains, spoke in support of the total ban.

Deputy Police Chief Terri Moses also presented an optional ordinance for the council to consider. That option included more restrictions on intersection fundraising, including requiring all fundraising groups be a 501(c)3 nonprofit, a five-day advance application and proof of liability insurance.

Council member Sue Schlapp said she had another list of restrictions that the council could consider in settling on an ordinance.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society spoke against the total ban.

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