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The Flagstaff City Council Doesn’t Move A Camping Ordinance Repeal Forward, But Will Discuss The Homeless Issue In The Future

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The Flagstaff City Council was back to council chambers with a limited capacity Tuesday at City Hall. The big item on the agenda was a citizen’s petition for a Future Agenda Item Request. The petition called for the repeal of the ordinance that restricts camping on public property within the city limits. Council did not pass the request and it will not appear on a future agenda. However, the majority of council wants a larger discussion on homelessness in the city. Mayor Paul Deasy says a discussion should involve a much broader scope. He said “we need a full plan, we need to take care of our unsheltered far more than one single law.” Deasy adds they need to discuss homeless issues such as, “the resources they need, the service providers that are needed and the opportunities for these individuals to get shelter.” That discussion will be on a City Council agenda in the future. The current camping ordinance was put into place in 2005 and a repeal attempt also failed in 2017.