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As the Warming Shelter turns….

Patrick Alexander
Homeless/Warming Shelter at old Taft Fire Hall Building

Lincoln City Homeless Facility and Warming Shelter President Patrick Alexander gave the Lincoln City City Council an update Monday evening on their activities at the old Taft Fire Hall that is owned by the Mayor Don Williams. Alexander reported they have provided 23 nights of warming shelter services with 261 bed-nights. He also said they were applying for an ordinance change that would make their services legal under city law. Yes, you read that right. Under city land use laws homeless and warming shelters are not permitted at the old Taft Hall but the non-profit organization is doing it anyway. And the mayor is receiving rent from the group which got THEIR money from the city in the form of a $45,000 grant from the city council. Members of the city council, including Mayor Williams, claim they did not know where the money would end up when the grant was awarded to the non-profit.

Alexander was told that his application for an ordinance modification was being referred to City Attorney Richard Appicello to evaluate who should pay for the request to modify the ordinance which is a bit pricey – is it the applicant, or based on the circumstances of helping the homeless, would the city pick up the tab?

And that’s where they left it.

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