On Monday, the Livability Team posted signs near Crater Lake Ford warning the homeless at seven camp sites that they have 72 hours to move out. The team will ramp up their efforts in the coming weeks to warn campers and post more signs to clear out the entire greenway in Medford of illegal campers. “I’m confident after this initial week we will get better and faster,” said Medford police Chief Scott Clauson.
Camping crackdown begins – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News On Thursday, officers will give the homeless who have been warned one last chance to move on or face arrest.
“We’re trying to get folks into the urban campground or the Kelly Shelter,” Clauson said. “The bottom line is there are people who are going to refuse services.” In April, the City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits camping along the Greenway in Medford from May 1 to Sept. 30, or longer depending on the fire season. Prescott Park is also off limits to campers during fire season. The ordinance is partially a reaction to the devastating Almeda fire last summer.
He said there will likely be cleanup work taking place in the Railroad Park area this Thursday. He said that for the last three weeks officers with the Livability Team have been notifying the occupants of approximately 100 camp sites along the greenway to get ready to move along.
Some homeless people contacted by police have shown interest in joining one of the organized shelter operations, while others don’t want to go to an organized shelter. While camping along the greenway is a misdemeanor crime, Clauson said it will be up to a judge to determine if jail time or a fine are warranted for any offenders.
“It kept me up during the night last summer,” Clauson said. Clauson said many local residents assumed police would do a sweep through the greenway because of the camping ban, but he said he doesn’t want to overwhelm the jail, social services or other organizations that deal with the homeless.
On Monday, the fire marshal went with officers to help identify areas of concern as fire season begins. Clauson said many local residents assumed police would do a sweep through the greenway because of the camping ban, but he said he doesn’t want to overwhelm the jail, social services or other organizations that deal with the homeless.
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