(Top row, from left) Council Member Gary Herrera, Council Member Ted David Slaug

The Vidor City Council voted April 13 to change an existing ordinance to reduce instances of solicitation in the city, making it safer and easier for citizens to do business there without being harassed, said Vidor Mayor Robert Viator.

Viator said an initiative to combat the growing number of solicitors, often referred to as “panhandlers,” started in 2012 after city leaders noticed the increase in people asking for money while standing near roadway intersections.