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Eugene Considers Expanding Homeless Rest-Stops, Restricting Fireworks

Desmond O'Boyle

Eugene City Councilors Monday proposed extending the sunset date on the rest-stop ordinance until October 31, 2014. This will require a public hearing.

Councilor Claire Syrett says she'd like the city to add a third rest-stop for homeless people at 8th and Mill or another location near downtown. Residents of Whoville, a homeless camp at West Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene have been told they'll have to leave that site. Last Friday, police erected a fence with openings around the lot. Michael Adams was among those who testified to council.

Adams: "Do not close Whoville until we have shelter available.  Currently there is not shelter and we all know that as well.  I’m not asking for Whoville to remain open indefinitely, nor is anybody else.  However we should be able to do what is considered right my many and leave Whoville open until shelter is available.”

Also at Monday's meeting, councilors discussed cracking down on illegal fireworks. They asked city staff for proposals to deal with them, including increased fines, public education and better enforcement of existing laws.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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