DURHAM — After months of delay, county commissioners announced Tuesday that they will vote on an ordinance to outlaw roadside panhandling outside the Durham city limits.
The vote has been delayed several times since April because the ordinance's main proponent, Commissioner Lewis Cheek, was on medical leave. Now back in action, Cheek is pushing the issue as one of safety and a matter of getting ill or substance-addicted solicitors public help. If the commissioners vote unanimously in favor of the ordinance Monday, it will pass. Otherwise, the ordinance will have to be approved twice to be enacted.