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City targets camps

Council likely to discuss homeless idea April 19

 

March 31, 2022

Gordon Weeks

The City of Shelton helped haul away debris left at homeless camps on private property along the tracks across state Route 3 from the Shelton Yacht Club. Homeless shelters have returned to the site, seen here Monday.

Homeless people who are camping on private property, sometimes without the knowledge of the property's owners, are dumping trash, defecating on the ground and starting dangerous fires to keep warm, Shelton Police Chief Carole Beason on March 22 told the Shelton City Council.

Property owners would be responsible for the cleanup under a proposed ordinance the chief and council members discussed at the work session. Failing to clean up the messes would be a misdemeanor offense, and repeat violations could lead the city to place a lien on the property.

The proposed ordinance "gives us another t...



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