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Posted on: November 6, 2018

[ARCHIVED] City and Library Work Together to Resolve Homelessness Issue at the Library

Many concerns and questions have arisen from the Ninth Circuit Court case, Martin v. City of Boise, regarding the rights of the homeless who are sitting, lying, or sleeping to rest on public property.  The City and Library have been working tirelessly to tackle these issues.

The City Manager and Library Director have been communicating about the Ninth District Court decision since September.  Attorneys for many governmental jurisdictions have been working to interpret this decision and what it means for each entity.   The City Manager and Police Administration met with Library personnel to discuss our joint approach and have consulted with legal counsel.  Legal counsel advised that if the library had a no camping policy, it would be lawful for the Police Dept to assist the Library in enforcing trespassing against those camping who refuse to leave. The library is currently working to enact that policy.

The Library Board has an executive session meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7th to have one final discussion with legal counsel, after which their Board of Directors will vote on their new Code of Conduct in a special meeting, open to the public.  They intend to immediately notify the City of their decision, and we are prepared to take immediate action.

If the policy is adopted Wednesday, and the Library requests that the camp be removed, the Brookings Police Department will provide notice, as required by law, of no less than 24 hours,  that the unlawful campsite will be cleared.  Notice will be given at the site and to Resource Providers in the area to assist in the transition for the homeless living there.

We understand that this has been frustrating for many.  We heard universally from all who chose to comment at the Library Board Meeting last Friday,  that the situation at the Library is not acceptable. The City and Library have been working diligently to correct this.  It is a process, and we apologize for any perceived delay.  Thank you for your patience.
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