Loveland City Council to hear update on outdoor camping ban Tuesday – The Loveland Reporter Herald

More than two months after enacting a ban on outdoor camping, Loveland City Council will receive a progress report on enforcement from the city manager’s office at a special meeting and joint study session on Tuesday. Also scheduled is a third quarterly update from the Community Trust Committee, and a discussion with the Open Land Advisory Committee on the updated role.

Camping ban update

On May 17, Loveland City Council passed an emergency ordinance banning outdoor camping, but enforcement of the ban has been slow due to the lack of an overnight shelter for the homeless to be displaced. On Tuesday, city employees will update the council on what has been accomplished so far and what to expect in the coming months.

According to materials in the agenda package, the city began removing a small number of campgrounds last month, as temporary lodgings became available at local hotels. Since June 24, city employees have removed 18 campsites from the King’s Crossing Natural Area, and 21 people have been housed.

According to the presentation, efforts to create a permanent shelter at night that could house more individuals are also progressing. In June, the city took advantage of a former sewage treatment plant on South Railroad Avenue as a future site, and the Department of Public Works is preparing it for structured tents or modular housing units.

The city is now also operating a daytime resource center for the homeless at the former site of 137 Homeless Connection on Lincoln Avenue. Renamed the Loveland Resource Center, it operates during weekday mornings, soon expanding to include all day. The center will also be used as an overnight shelter for up to 25 people starting sometime in August.

The show will also provide a report on expenses to date to enforce the camping ban. The board authorized $500,000 in emergency appropriations at the same time it passed the ban.

City employees are seeking more guidance from the council on shelter options for the railroad location, and whether they will continue to focus enforcement efforts on King’s Crossing.

Community Trust Committee

The chair of the Special Community Trust Committee, Sarah Mayer, will present the group’s third quarterly update to City Council on Tuesday.

The CTC was established by the City Council in June 2021 to “make recommendations to the City Administrator regarding work to enhance the confidence of the Loveland community in its local government.” The 16-member board was formally formed in September, and was sentenced to one year in prison.

Since its last update in April, the CTC has completed its community survey, and plans to unveil the findings to the council. The group also hopes to discuss the implementation of the city’s code of ethics and recommendations from previous quarterly updates.

There have been changes in the CTC’s composition since its last appearance before the Council in April. Founding President Jordan Pryor went, along with three other commissioners, leaving only 12 of the 16 members left.

The CTC is due to finish its mission at the end of September, but it can be extended if members choose to continue.

open lands advisory board

The city council is also scheduled to hear from members of the Open Lands Advisory Committee about its mission and possible addition to its name and role.

The nine-member OLAC was formed in 1996 to advise the city council on spending the city’s share of the sales and use tax in Larimer County.

On Tuesday, members will ask the city council to expand council oversight to include city trails and trail boxes. The group also hopes to add trails to its name, becoming the Advisory Committee for Open Lands and Trails.

How to participate

The council will meet at 6 pm on Tuesday in the council rooms in the municipal building 500H.

Comments from members of the public will be accepted in person as well as via Zoom.

Those wishing to join via Zoom can use the ID 975 3779 6504 with the passcode 829,866, according to the meeting agenda.

The meeting will be broadcast on Comcast 16 and broadcast via the city’s website at loveland.viebit.com.

Tuesday’s agenda package can be found through the Loveland City Council website at lovgov.org.

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