Omaha council continues to review median ban

Public hearing also scheduled during meeting
Posted at 5:48 AM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 06:48:05-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – It’s round two for city council members as they’re scheduled to review again a new rule aimed at banning people from being on certain medians along busy streets.

The public is also encouraged to weigh in on the proposed ordinance during Tuesday’s meeting.

It would apply to medians within 200 feet of high traffic intersections with posted speed limits of 30 MPH or higher and not affect sidewalks or private property, according to the proposal.

Only law enforcement and work crews are exempt from the ban.

Mayor Jean Stothert introduced the idea, claiming the would-be rule is for the safety of both drivers and those standing on the medians.

Candace Gregory with Open Door Mission agrees with the concept, especially for panhandlers supporting their addictions, she says.

Sometimes, when you’re under the influence, you make bad judgment calls whether you’re walking or maybe going out into traffic, Gregory told 3 News Now on Monday.

“[You] hit your head. You’re in the [emergency room.] And that’s another burden to tax payers,” she said.

The city council is expected to hold a third reading on the ordinance later this year.