Lufkin bans panhandlers; other ordinances also pass - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Lufkin bans panhandlers; other ordinances also pass

Paul Parker, Lufkin city manager Paul Parker, Lufkin city manager
Artist rendering of proposed Verizon cell tower to be built in north Lufkin. Artist rendering of proposed Verizon cell tower to be built in north Lufkin.
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

The City of Lufkin is outlawing panhandlers along city streets. The vote was passed unanimously by city council members. Supporters argue solicitation is becoming a traffic and safety issue.

"Lufkin is a unique community I think. We have all the problems associated with large cities but yet the convenience in my opinion in the lifestyle of a more relaxed smaller community," said Paul Parker, Lufkin city manager. "So, I think it's the best of both worlds for us."

Parker says the ordinance will not eliminate solicitation altogether.

"Softball, baseball teams, church leagues many different things classify as solicitors."

Businesses that advertise to oncoming traffic will also be unaffected.

At this time it is unclear when or how enforcement would begin.

The city council also unanimously voted to create a new department for the city marshal's office. It will no longer be subject to the same rules and governing of the Lufkin Police Department.

In a 5 to 2 vote, a Verizon cell phone tower will be allowed in north Lufkin. Verizon says it will improve customers' cell phone service.

Lufkin City Council also inducted new members into the fire department.

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