Loveland City Council to hear update on outdoor camping ban on Tuesday – Loveland Reporter-Herald
More than two months after enacting an outdoor camping ban, Loveland City Council will receive a progress report on enforcement from the City Manager’s office in a combined special meeting and study session. tuesday. The third quarterly update of the Community Trust Commission and a discussion with the Open Lands Advisory Commission on an updated role are also planned.
Update on no camping
On May 17, Loveland City Council passed an emergency ordinance banning outdoor camping, but enforcement of the ban has been slow to follow due to the lack of overnight shelter for homeless residents. which will be moved. On Tuesday, city staff will update council on what has been accomplished so far and what to expect in the months ahead.
According to documents in the Agenda Folder, the city began removing a small number of encampments last month as temporary shelters became available at local motels. Since June 24, city staff have removed 18 campsites from the King’s Crossing Natural Area and 21 people have been taken to safety.
According to the presentation, efforts to establish a permanent overnight shelter that can accommodate more people are also progressing. In June, the city selected the former South Railroad Avenue sewage treatment plant as the future site, and the public works department is preparing it for structured tents or modular housing units.
The city also operates a day resource center for homeless residents at the former site of 137 Homeless Connection on Lincoln Avenue. Renamed the Loveland Resource Center, it operates weekday mornings and will soon expand to all day. The center will also serve as an overnight shelter for up to 25 people from August.
The presentation will also provide a report of expenditures to date for the enforcement of camping bans. The Board authorized an emergency appropriation of $500,000 at the same time it passed the ban.
City staff are asking council for further direction on shelter options for the Railroad Avenue site and whether to continue to focus law enforcement efforts on King’s Crossing.
Community Trust Commission
Chair Sara Meyer of the Ad-Hoc Community Trust Commission will present the group’s third quarterly update to City Council on Tuesday.
The CLC was established by the City Council in June 2021 “to make recommendations to the City Manager on steps to be taken to foster the confidence of the community of Loveland in its local government”. The 16-member board was officially installed in September and given a one-year term.
Since its last update in April, the CTC has completed its community survey and plans to release the results to the board. The group also hopes to discuss the implementation of a city code of ethics and its recommendations from previous quarterly updates.
There have been changes in the composition of the CLC since it last appeared before the council in April. Gone was founding chair Jordan Pryor, along with three other commissioners, leaving just 12 of the original 16 members.
The CTC is expected to end its commission at the end of September, but could be extended if members choose to continue.
Open Lands Advisory Board
City council is also to hear from members of the Open Lands Advisory Board about its mission and a possible addition to its name and role.
The nine-member OLAC was formed in 1996 to advise the city council on spending the city’s share of Larimer County’s open space sales and use tax.
On Tuesday, members will ask City Council to expand council oversight to include city trails and trail funds. The group also hopes to add trails to its name, becoming the Open Lands and Trails Advisory Board.
How to participate
Council will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 500 E. Third St.
Comments from members of the public will be accepted in person as well as on Zoom.
Those wishing to join by Zoom can use ID 975 3779 6504 with a passcode of 829866, depending on the meeting agenda.
The meeting will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 16 and streamed on the city’s website at loveland.viebit.com.
Tuesday’s agenda is available on the Loveland City Council website at lovgov.org.