The update “Operation Shelter” presents the pros and cons during the meeting
Missoula County Commissioners on Thursday presented an update on “Operation Shelter” in the Sophie Moiese Boardroom of the Missoula County Courthouse.
See the full meeting here.
A review of the campground plan was presented by Shelter Project Coordinator Casey Gannon, who described the location of the proposed camping area behind the Super Wal-Mart store off North Reserve and Mullan Road. on Clark Fork Lane.
“We have Mullan and Reserve here,” Gannon began. “Behind the Walmart which is next to this corner is the site that we are reviewing. It’s a three acre site and it’s pretty close to the resources so it’s only three miles from the grocery store and seven miles from a bus stop so there is good access for people staying there.
Gannon provided details of the services planned on the site.
“The plan for the services that will be in this campground will be that we have a washroom there,” he said. “There will be a garbage collection, and in terms of dumpsters, we’re just going to set up areas for people per campsite. There will be security on the site and then we also work on having water available on the site.
There were negative comments provided by some business owners near the site.
“Missoula really needs to rethink where they’re putting these people,” he said. “I know this is a sensitive topic, but if you want to talk about taking away people’s dignity fairly quickly, then put them next to the sewer and water treatment plant and a water treatment plant. composting. We have a pretty big building there. It’s pretty busy and it’s nasty. It’s disgusting. The composting facility is disgusting. We have to give these people an opportunity to be successful and it would be embarrassing if the city would approve of that. “
County commissioner Josh Slotnick said every effort will be made to provide shelter with the lowest barriers possible for those who traditionally camped illegally in Missoula.
“Part of our hope here is to ensure that no one lives where there is no sanitation,” Commissioner Slotnick said. “It would be the lowest barrier. Almost anyone can enter. There will be some levels of control, not as good as a hotel, not as good as a heated hard-sided shelter, but there has to be a place for people who also don’t want them and yet should not be camping where they are not supposed to be camping.
Anyone wishing to provide feedback on the Operation Shelter project is invited to visit the Engage Missoula website.
The question of applying for a permit was unanimously approved by the county commissioners.
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