DONALDSONVILLE — After a narrow 3-2 vote last month shot down a proposed temporary moratorium on can shakes, City Councilmen voted 4-1 Tuesday to institute the ban until more definite guidelines can be created.
The vote came after further discussion on improving safety for those wishing to take part in such fundraising efforts while not impeding traffic.
At the council’s Aug. 27 meeting, Councilman Emile Spano suggested that recent road work in the city, especially at the intersection of the recently narrowed La. 3089 at La. 1, has created more dangerous conditions.
Councilman Charles Brown Sr., the lone dissenting vote Tuesday, stressed that current sidewalks allow people to solicit donations without entering the roadway.
“They can collect from the sidewalks along the bridge (on La. 3089) and the street,” Brown said, adding that he would like to see organizations provide their own safety vests.
Councilman Lauthaught Delaney Sr. said that new paved medians also allow space for can shakers to work.
Another concern is that some people participating in can shakes are under the age of 18, which violates the can shake contract organizations sign with the city.
Brown suggested that no one under the age of 17 be allowed to participate in can shakes, and that groups be limited to four people.
Those found violating the proposed rules could see their fundraising efforts halted, councilmen suggested.
The council will continue to discuss the matter and bring proposed changes later.
Other items discussed during the meeting included:
RAILROAD AVENUE WORK: Mark Maher, engineer with GSA Consulting Engineers, told councilmen that planned resurfacing work on Railroad Avenue was set to begin at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The street is one of a handful that remain in the city’s road overlay project, Maher said.
Work to repave the popular street is scheduled to last through Sept. 25, Maher said, but possible weather delays and planned activities along the street, including two high school homecoming parades, could cause delays.