CITY OF CHEWELAH: Council will look at nuisance, park issues

CITY OF CHEWELAH: Council will look at nuisance, park issues

(JARED ARNOLD/Chewelah Independent)

A number of citizen complaints and concerns about a persistent homeless encampment in the city’s main park led the council to a lengthy discussion about the city’s options to address it and the legal challenges it may face as it goes down the path of enforcement. Public commentors at last Wednesday’s council meeting on August 5 urged the city to enforce existing nuisance ordinances to address the situation and to take a closer look at a federal district court ruling that addressed use of public property by homeless people, while the city’s attorney cautioned the council to be careful when listening to “armchair analyses” of the case ruling.

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