NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Six benches were removed from downtown Northampton about a week ago. Now the Northampton City Council is drafting a resolution and an ordinance to bring those benches back.
One proposed ordinance requires the city to have at least 16 benches on Main Street.
Councilor Jesse Adams told 22News there are other ways to deal with aggressive panhandlers, and removing city benches is not one of them.
"People who are acting in a way that's concerning to business owners, people should call the police, and the police can determine whether or not these people are doing anything that needs their attention," said Adams.
City Councilor Maureen Carney said, "One of the reasons for taking away the benches was that they were being used too much, or occupied by the same people, and in many respects that calls for more space. That calls for more benches."
These proposals are being drafted Tuesday night. It will be about a month until the City Council can vote.