The Clayton County Board of Commissioners recently voted unanimously to ban solicitation of donations on county roads and highways.
According to the Clayton News-Daily, the new ordinance states “no person shall stand in or enter any street, roadway or highway for the purpose of soliciting money or anything of value.” Exceptions are solicitations made by uniformed public safety officials, such as members of the fire, police and sheriff departments.
I am sure I’ve just been lucky, but I have not encountered solicitors much in my area of Clayton. Or maybe I tend to tune certain things out given my origins (any New Yorkers out there remember the squeegee guys?). The one time I gave someone train fare, I watched him immediately turn around and continue soliciting others for money, so that did it for me. Now if I’m unsure of where the money will end up, I don’t even pay attention to the pitch.
But the BOC was right, this practice wasn’t safe for anyone – the solicitors nor the public. I am particularly happy for those residents who felt threatened or were just simply disturbed and annoyed by solicitors. And anything that eases the burden of our public safety departments is also a plus since they are busy enough.
What do you think of this ordinance? Was soliciting a problem in your area?
In addition, Election Day (Nov. 3) is again upon us and one hot ticket will be the Jonesboro city council race. The Clayton County Wide Homeowners Association, Inc. will host a political debate for candidates vying for three City of Jonesboro council seats on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Firehouse Museum, 103 West Mills Street, Jonesboro, in the Community Room. City of Jonesboro voters will have an opportunity to meet, listen to and question the seven candidates seeking to represent them. Call 404-396-2706 for more information.
You might want to check out the Georgia Voter Guide produced by the League of Women Voters of Georgia.