Mountlake Terace City Council to be briefed on second quarter financial numbers, proposed anti-solicitation ordinance at Thursday’s work session

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City-of-MLT-logoThe Mountlake Terrace City Council is scheduled to hear a second quarter financial report during Thursday’s work session.

The quarterly review will look at revenues and expenditures of each of the City’s operating funds, as well as reserve balances and changes in the local and regional economy that have an effect on long-term financial planning.

The Council also will be briefed by City staff on a new proposed traffic safety ordinance that would make it a violation for a person to enter the roadway for the purpose of solicitation.

City staff indicate that it has become common in several areas for vehicle drivers to be approached by pedestrians who solicit in various ways. There is clear evidence that pedestrian solicitation from vehicle occupants disrupts traffic flow, poses public safety risks and has harmful effects, according to City staff.

Existing city ordinances prohibit “aggressive begging” and “standing in the roadway”. While these ordinances are narrowly effective, they do not address the issue as outlined.

The proposed ordinance addresses this safety issue by making it a violation for a person to “enter” the roadway for the purpose of solicitation. City staff sees the proposed ordinance as an effective tool for law enforcement in its mission to protect and enhance public safety on the roadways within the City. Should the council adopt this ordinance, there would be a short period of public education for solicitors prior to enforcement action being taken.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Interim City Hall, 6100 219th St. SW., Suite 220, second floor.

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