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Jefferson Co. considers limiting areas where people can ask for money

October 07, 2005|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County officials on Thursday discussed the possibility of limiting areas where people can solicit for money along county roads.

The discussion at Thursday morning's Jefferson County Commission meeting stemmed from complaints from the public about people who have been collecting donations from passing motorists at the intersection of East Washington Street and Flowing Springs Road, Jefferson County Commission members said.

Several people will show up at the intersection periodically and collect donations in buckets.

Motorists are told by the people collecting the donations that the money is being raised for a church in Richmond, Va., and that a church is being planned for this area, Commission members Jane Tabb and Dale Manuel said.

Commission members said soliciting at such a busy intersection poses potential safety problems.

Commission members talked about prohibiting soliciting at certain intersections, although Commission President Rusty Morgan said perhaps such soliciting should be prohibited altogether.

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