Council repeals law on begging

NEW MARKET – New Market Town Council voted at its meeting Monday to repeal a law prohibiting begging in public areas. The repealing of the law came on the recommendation of town attorney Jason Ham.

Other towns with begging prohibition ordinances have found themselves the target of lawsuits recently, as those laws have been deemed unconstitutional according to Ham.

“For some reason, this is on the radar screen of people suing localities right now, so, we don’t want to be one of those localities,” Ham said.

The motion to repeal the ordinance passed unanimously.

Council also proposed amendments to the town’s budget, which included a $1,000 incentive for the town’s wellness program and a 3 percent increase in payment to the town manager.

The council also unanimously approved the waiving of the itinerate merchant’s fee at the July 3 fireworks celebration.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com