Next up: Suzanne Russell, who with her husband co-owns Carousel in downtown. She says she has to walk customers to their cars. She's thinking of changing her hours because she doesn't feel safe. Asks, what would you do if you were in my position.
Sam Allen says city has to take small steps to turn things around. She is frustrated little has changed she addressed council three years ago. Asks if it's possible to remove the benches in area near Carousel. They attract bad element.
Don Kirk mentions how he brought up a campground for the homeless and nothing got done. Now the city is fencing in places. "800 to 1000 people are ruining it for everyone because the City Council does not want to take action."
Next speaker is the director of group pushing for day center for the homeless. This community is behind the times, she says. It thinks the facility should be built with only private funds and no public funding.
Mayor Missy McArthur asks if it would be better to hold off on the fence and have CSAC take a look at the issue more broadly and consider the community garden.
Vice Mayor Brent Weaver asks that at some point the issue be brought back to the council. But he wants a discussion on all parks. This item holds until the end of the meeting at which time council members can propose future topics.
Council approves items in consent calendar. This leaves out Library Park. Included is direction to staff to seek one-year extension on grant to create parking at Henderson Open Space and acceptance of $2.5m grant to design, build path from Diestelhorst Bridge to downtown. McArthur asks that residents in Lake Redding, Quartz Hill Road be invited to public meetings when project gets underway.
Council now hears from Brian Crane in preparation for two public hearings related to landscape maintenance districts.
Speaker questions how so many different neighborhoods got put into one district.
Crane said the district at one time had 17 subdivisions. To bring it under control, it's being proposed at 10 subdivisions.