Longview City Council: No staying on library grounds after hours
http://www.news-journal.com/news/local/longview-city-council-no-staying-on-library-grounds-after-hours/article_663b9a12-f730-51a — The City Council on Thursday gave the city’s police the power to curtail “hygiene issues” on Longview Public Library property by making people leave the grounds after hours.
The decision came as part of two back-to-back meetings that included District 3 Councilwoman Kasha Williams asking the city to start thinking about another street bond to reconstruct aging Longview roads.
Director of Community Services Laura Hill said there had been occasions when librarians arrived at work and found “unsanitary conditions” from people who had spent the night at the plaza at 222 W. Cotton St.
“Police have had to ask people to leave, and this gives them another tool to better manage public property,” Hill said.
The city’s parks are closed 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, but because the library was not considered parks property, it did not have the curfew.
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