Panhandling could soon be illegal on Hoquiam streets if the Hoquiam City Council approves a pending ordinance. The council discussed the measure Tuesday night. It also added a home to the historic register and approved a bid for culvert work in the city’s watershed.
The council will likely vote July 14 on an ordinance outlawing “transfers of property” on Hoquiam streets. The ordinance, which was suggested by Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers, would prohibit pedestrians from giving anything to or taking anything from people in passing vehicles.
If the ordinance, which is clearly aimed at panhandlers, is enacted, pedestrians wouldn’t be able to ask drivers for money or other objects verbally or by using signs. Violation of the ordinance could lead to a $150 ticket.
“We’re trying to enforce this for public safety,” Myers said.
Addition to historic register
A century-old home located at 621 Third St. in Hoquiam is the newest addition to the city’s historic register, with the council approving the property at a June 23 meeting.
The home, which is owned by Robert and Pamela Hicok, was built in 1911 by original owner Adolph Werner, who lived there until 1941. The home was then purchased by Adrian Tuttle in 1941, and changed hands several times before the Hicoks purchased it in 2007.
Mayor Jack Durney said the Hicoks plan to perform an extensive remodel on the home.
“I think they want to make sure it gets restored to its historic splendor,” Durney said.
Crews will soon start work to replace or remove 11 culverts in the city’s watershed land in order to comply with state law. The city council awarded a $417,900 contract to complete the work to Schermer Construction, and the project will be paid for using the city’s watershed fund.
City forester Loren Hiner said the updates are required by a measure passed in the Legislature in 2000, and must be completed by 2015. Cities may, however, apply for a five-year extension after they have submitted a plan for the updates.
“By the end of next year, most of our work will be done,” Hiner said. “But there may be a few small things we’ll need to do, so we’ll need the extension.”