Some on Maple Ridge council are saying the senior government has to take on the tough issue of helping and housing the homeless and mentally ill in this city.

Council met recently with provincial representatives in a closed meeting as it tries to resolve an issue that’s been lingering for two years.

B.C. Housing has made two previous proposals for a $15-million shelter or supportive housing complex, both of which were rejected by the previous Liberal government.

Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read said provincial health agencies need to decide on what kind of shelter is needed and explain that to the public and treat it as a medical issue.