The ordinance proposed by Mayor Jean Stothert was a way to increase public safety along medians in typically high-traffic intersections.
"I notice the last couple weeks, it's been thinning out," said Richard Perourtka, who was holding a sign asking for money down the street from 72nd and Dodge streets, near Pine Street. "Every corner just manned by somebody, and I just noticed last week, I said, 'Boy, where are all the people at?' "
Where panhandlers once stood are now signs reading "Unlawful to Occupy Median," put up on 72nd and Dodge streets Nov. 21.
For a sign to be installed on a median, the median must be:
6 feet or less
located at an intersection where the speed limit is 30 miles per hour or more
at least 200 feet from the intersection
"We're just really going through our process right now to make sure that when we go out and put those signs, that they meet all those criteria," Deputy Public Works Director Todd Pfitzer said.
Since the ordinance was passed, Pfitzer said they've only received a handful of complaints.
"We really haven't seen a large volume of calls coming in or anything," he said. "We went ahead and did 72nd and Dodge — that one had been identified by several people prior to the ordinance being passed."