Durango leaders express support for new homeless camp
Durango City Council agreed Tuesday to offer resources for a temporary homeless camp established last week by La Plata County government south of downtown Durango.
La Plata County commissioners approved 200 acres of county land west of La Posta Road near the Purple Cliffs last week as a location for people without a home to sleep. The move is in reaction to concerns about neighborhood impacts and fire danger posed by people finding shelter near the Durango Tech Center west of town.
Sheriff Sean Smith said at Tuesday’s study session that his deputies counted as many as a few dozen people camping last week near the Tech Center. The Sheriff’s Office plans to provide transportation Wednesday for anyone who wants to move from the Tech Center site to the Purple Cliffs plot.
“We won’t tell anyone they have to go somewhere,” he said. “But they don’t have a right to have a camp set up in a non-camping area; I will take down tents and they (the owners) can come get them at a later date.”
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