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Upcoming vote could force Contributor vendors off Goodlettsville streets

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GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

An upcoming vote could force Contributor vendors off the streets in Goodlettsville.

On Thursday, city leaders are set to take their final vote on a plan banning anyone from asking for donations or selling items on sidewalks, medians or in the street.

Opponents argue that the proposed rules are more about keeping the homeless out of the community than safety.

"I understand the safety issue, but I also understand, that at the end of the day, not only is The Contributor helping people get off the street, but it's the press, and I don't think the city has the right to tell the press where and where not they can sell," said Commissioner Zach Young.

"We've had a lot of high school groups, clubs have car washes and step out into traffic. So it's basically meant to be a way to enforce safety and keep people from either injuring themselves or causing accidents," Jane Birdwell, vice mayor of the City of Goodlettsville.

Young says they've looked at the ordinance for some time but delayed action until a similar one in Brentwood made its way through the courts. A court of appeals recently upheld a Brentwood ordinance that prohibits sales to anyone in a car.

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