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Homeless shelter poses difficulties for neighbors


December 9, 2020

This temporary fence is meant to protect businesses nearby from interference by campers at the Church of Nazarene.

While the homeless encampment at the Church of Nazarene provides a welcome respite and some stability for its inhabitants, it also causes some problems for nearby businesses and can be a bit of an eyesore for those coming into town from Highway 228.

That impromptu shelter was the subject of a City Council work session last week, attended by Mayor Greg Mahler and Councilors Diane Gerson, Susan Coleman, Dave Trask, James Goble, and Lisa Gourley, with Cortney Nash absent.

The Dec. 1 meeting started with some legal discussion about recent rulings that apply to the unhoused. According to a 2018...

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