A homeless camp in Susanville under the Richmond Road Bridge. File photo

Council ponders possible homeless campsite

Kevin Jones, Susanville’s chief of police, suggested three possible sites for a homeless camp on city owned property, with the number one choice being a 1.2 acre site on Spring Ridge Road off Highway 139. Jones said the site has water and is near a bus route. Jones also said more discussions between the city and the county are needed (perhaps at the March 18 meeting) because the county wants to adopt the same ordinance, and it believes the city’s ordinance is unconstitutional.

Crossroads Ministries also is working with the city planners to increase the number of homeless it can shelter.

The council discussed several items in closed session — public employment, a conference with a real property negotiator and a conference with legal counsel regarding the firing of two veteran police officers.

Dan Newton, the city’s public works director has accepted another position with another city, and Mike Wilson, the city administrator, announced his retirement.

The council also discussed changes to its building codes and approved the closeout of the Fruit Growers Park project. The council approved $532.978.68 in warrants, agreed to co-sponsor the 31st annual Junior Fishing Derby, agreed to create a committee for the Diamond Mountain Golf Course and will reconsider proposals regarding the Susan River Adoption Plan and a Graffiti Wall at Fruit Growers Park.