Homeless actions cause health hazards - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/4/10

Homeless actions cause health hazards

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – City leaders are taking steps to clean up downtown areas where homeless people are known to frequent. Monday the Mahon Library board voted to take action in addressing the health and safety issues surrounding the facility.

There have been numerous complaints over personal belongings like mattresses, sleeping bags, and shopping carts left in certain areas near the library and civic center. There's even been complaints on public urination and defecation in and around the buildings causing health and safety concerns.

"We've been discussing for months now the problem of health issues and concerns and environmental issues that are occurring on our grounds," said library board president Karen Savage.

The resolution passed by the board is basically just a call to action to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the problems of homeless people leaving their belongings piled up near the two buildings.

The resolution also states the board will call upon city council officials to come up with a plan to address the growing homeless problem in the area. So far, the city has already agreed to put up signs near the library and civic center.

"Signs will be posted at these facilities which advise people that any personal belonging that are discarded or stored or left on the grounds will be taken up within ten days if they're not removed," said Captain Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police Department.

Those items will be held for 60 days and if not claimed by the owner, the property will be disposed of. The signs will also have information listed on them like the Salvation Army and other helpful resources.

"We're doing this in order to provide a safe and healthy working environment for its city employees and for a safe and enjoyable environment for patrons of the library and civic center," said Stevens.

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