Fairlawn Looks to Regulate Panhandlers
City officials are drawing up legislation to regulate beggars on city corners after receiving safety complaints.
A number of safety and welfare concerns have been raised concerning the act of panhandling on several of the city's street corners, said Fairlawn Mayor William Roth.
The subject has been a hot topic for a while, said Roth.
Specifically, the legislation looks at regulating the time, manner and conduct of panhandling, which will help with the safety and general welfare of the panhandler and public.
"People have been saying they feel uncomfortable in their cars sitting at intersections," Roth said. "Some of them are approaching the vehicles or are being aggressive."
Police Chief Kenneth Walsh is in the process of looking over the legislation and will discuss it more with council members at Monday's 6 p.m. Committee of the Whole meeting.
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