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Drew, a homeless guy, tends to his tent at McPike Park this 7 days.




Town aims to “dramatically reduce” camp

The town has so much taken a fingers-off strategy to the illegal TPEs, like the one particular at McPike, opting to “be a little bit a lot more tolerant” as very long as tent density stays low and neighbors never complain, O’Keefe reported.

Even though inhabitants are typically uncomfortable with encampments in the vicinity of their households or in the parks they use, “we try to equilibrium that with the want for people today to have someplace to go or to be,” O’Keefe claimed.

“But when the balance ideas, and the place there are genuine public well being and security concerns, that I believe it can be incumbent upon us to do anything about it,” he reported, noting that phone calls for provider to the police for drug use and conflicts in between campers have raised worries amongst metropolis staff members.

At a Monday conference of the Marquette Community Association Board, community law enforcement officer Ken Brown reported 27 tents in McPike.

“There have been amazingly nominal phone calls for provider,” Brown reported, including that most phone calls ended up produced by officers walking by means of the park, even though he did arrest two people who had felony arrest warrants.

The town would like to “dramatically reduce” the amount of men and women camping at McPike, O’Keefe mentioned. Employees is working with town-funded outreach teams from Sankofa Behavioral Health, Porchlight and Catalyst for Change to assess needs and aid individuals obtain possibilities.