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Homeless shelter poses difficulties for neighbors

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...