Vernon’s COOL team, which deals with the homeless, is working on a strategy to keep street people calm once a city bylaw takes effect that forces tents to be taken down daily in local parks and public spaces.
On June 26, council gave first reading to a bylaw that would allow the homeless to camp in Polson Park and a number of other public spaces from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. but only if shelter beds are not available. The bylaw is in keeping with current law. After 9 a.m., shelters would have to be removed.
The COOL team, made up of social service agencies, outreach workers, community policing and bylaw, is developing a work plan.