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Bend metropolis councilors replicate on Safeway tragedy, focus on automobile facet of unsanctioned tenting codes

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Bend residents have been feeling the results of the current taking pictures on the Eastside Safeway, so it was inevitable that it could come to the forefront throughout Wednesday evening’s Bend Metropolis Council assembly, the primary since that tragedy occurred.

Councilors Melanie Kebler and Barb Campbell requested fellow councilors to assist a future dialogue about what the council can do on the difficulty of gun violence.

Kebler talked about deciding whether or not the council will formally assist Measure 114 on the November poll and a potential public service announcement on the state’s Pink Flag Legislation, which permits courts to take weapons from individuals discovered to be in danger as a hazard to themselves or others.

Campbell supported the thought of metropolis PSAs on the Pink Flag Legislation, “I used to be pondering particularly on the subject of Pink Flag Legal guidelines. We do have a Pink Flag Legislation in our state. I do not assume many individuals do not know it exists, or how they may have the ability to use that to get assist for somebody, in the event that they know of somebody who appears at risk of harming themselves or others.”

After a council assertion (beneath) was learn, Mayor Gena Goodman Campbell gave every councilor who wished to discuss the non-public impacts of the taking pictures. The mayor mentioned it “introduced up trauma” from her personal youth, whereas Kebler tearfully centered on the great actions that some took, serving to individuals flee the violence that evening.

Perkins mentioned she attended a ribbon-cutting for the renovations of the Century Drive Safeway and recalled the tight bond amongst grocery staff who went again on the job or by no means left through the COVID pandemic, placing themselves in danger “when all of us Zoomed” from residence.

Councilors additionally continued to deal with the problems of unsanctioned tenting codes, particularly automobile tenting on this evening (presentation beneath).

Mayor Professional Tem Anthony Broadman mentioned, ” The thought I believe is — stay offering readability to everyone, so you’ll be able to order your affairs round well-regulated public area. Having (the foundations) in a single place undoubtedly is smart. However, I agree that seeing them in a single place may cause discomfort.”

Mayor Gena Goodman-Campbell mentioned, “I believe it can be crucial, though sharing your discomfort in discussing these as seven individuals, you recognize, who to my information with out that lived expertise, and with a variety of privilege sitting right here. However we’re those charged with making this code. So I believe it is essential to debate what these particular objects could possibly be, so we will take these out. And take them particularly to people who find themselves dwelling of their autos and who’re unsheltered, and say what challenges does this current to you?”

There shall be a draft unsanctioned tenting code to debate on the council’s subsequent assembly in two weeks, adopted by the council’s first casual roundtables with the group and stakeholders since adopting that course of final 12 months.

Councilors additionally mentioned the council’s upcoming roundtable course of, with a purpose of extra candid dialogue and debate than a council listening to normally permits, for extra enter from a wide range of sources, together with these normally not heard from at council hearings or conferences.

The purpose is to draft a code to debate at one or two roundtables earlier than the formal approval course of earlier than the top of the 12 months .

Listed here are Wednesday evening’s automobile tenting code dialogue factors and the town council’s assertion on the August 28 taking pictures:

This is the town council’s assertion on the Safeway taking pictures.

Additionally, right here is the houselessness replace, supplied and browse at every assembly by Councilor Megan Perkins:

Tonight, I need to present some updates about The Lighthouse, a brand new Navigation Middle operated by the Shepherd’s Home, together with supplying you with some details about the tenting code and rights-of-way administration.

Out of doors Shelter/Shelter Capability

August noticed a rise within the variety of people utilizing companies on the The Lighthouse, the Navigation Middle which has been in operation for simply over two months. The Shepherd’s Home, the nonprofit working the Middle, additionally reported that 14 shoppers exited to extra secure housing throughout the final month. We need to thank the workers and all the Shepherd’s Home companions for his or her ongoing work, with particular recognition to Household Kitchen. Together with all the different work they already do for our group, they took over meals service on the Navigation Middle and are at present offering three meals per day at that website.

Central Oregon Villages has proposed establishing a short lived outside shelter in SE Bend. The location was chosen by Central Oregon Villages in coordination with the property proprietor, and they’re working by way of Part 1 now – which focuses on group outreach and engagement together with the drafting of a Good Neighbor Settlement. We count on to listen to a report from Central Oregon Villages in October concerning Part 1 and focus on transferring in direction of Part 2, which might set up a contract for siting and shelter operations.

Tenting Code

Throughout considered one of our June conferences, Council decided a course of for making a tenting code that may regulate how, when and the place tenting happens inside Bend. The method purposefully contains alternatives for public schooling and engagement previous to and all through drafting the code. In August, we held two informational open homes that drew each in-person and digital members. The periods included info sharing (issues like what the code will tackle and what it received’t tackle) and time to take viewers questions. Throughout our work-session tonight, September 7, Council mentioned how we need to embrace extra inputs – together with roundtable discussions with invited stakeholders. We are going to proceed to ask public enter each by way of public remark and e mail (to as we work in direction of having an entire tenting code draft by the top of this 12 months.

Rights of Manner Administration

A brand new crew member, the Well being and Security Compliance Coordinator, is becoming a member of the Transportation and Mobility Division subsequent week. This place will deal with administration of Metropolis rights of approach, particularly in reference to code compliance – each proactively and in response to service requests. Administration of rights of approach encompasses a large scope, together with sidewalk circumstances, winter operations and encampments. This new place will enable for a coordinated, streamlined strategy to our administration efforts.

As you’ll be able to see, the Metropolis of Bend isn’t just transferring ahead on one entrance in regard to houselessness. We’re engaged on many various methods to make sure that our houseless group has entry to shelter and has their fundamental wants met and that our group at giant feels safe and supported as effectively. We proceed to welcome your enter and options at any time.

-Councilor Megan Perkins

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