An ordinance to stop any begging on the streets in Vandalia will stand. Earlier this month the Vandalia City Council approved amending the City Municipal Code for Public Peace, Morals and Welfare and adding offenses against Public Peace and Decency. The amendment states “No person shall beg or solicit within the city limits except when acting as a representative of a recognized charitable organization.”
At their meeting this week though Ward Two Alderwoman Dorothy Crawford made a motion they reconsider the matter and fellow Ward Two Alderman Russ Stunkel seconded the matter to allow for discussion. Crawford said she had reconsidered and felt the ordinance they passed made poverty, or being poor, a crime. She also said she felt the ordinance told people where they could stand and what they could say. City Attorney Ryan Conner said the matter was made content neutral so that it would not get into any constitutional issues.
After the discussion, Crawford made the motion to vote on the ordinance again, but her motion died for a lack of a second.