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|Police jurors to consider fundraising ordinance|
The Ouachita Parish Police Jury will consider an ordinance next week that would prohibit people from standing along parish roadways to solicit money from motorists.
Police jury president Shane Smiley first brought the matter before the police jury last month after he received several phone calls from concerned residents.
He said people are concerned about the safety of the children who frequently line up along roadways for fundraising activities. Another issue of concern is many are young children who have been seen darting in and out of traffic. Sometimes there is not any adult supervision, either, Smiley said.
"I also have noticed that after they have been out there all day, they conveniently leave their Gator-Aid bottles, Coke cans and what they had for lunch laying in all four corners," Smiley said.
According to the proposed ordinance, people would be prohibited from "standing in the road surface of the public roads of Ouachita Parish for the purpose of soliciting financial contributions or sales from motorists."
Smiley said the activity presents obvious dangers to those involved as well as it causes delays at intersections where fundraising activities take place.
According to the proposed ordinance, "the Ouachita Parish Police Jury has the authority to regulate the use of the public parish roads and may extend the effort of such regulations to adjacent state highways in the unincorporated areas of Ouachita Parish so long as such regulation do not offend state law."
The police jury is expected to vote on the proposed ordinance at its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 3.