Discussion of possible locations for a homeless campground during next week's City Council meeting has been postponed.
City spokesman Mike Conway said the decision was made because additional sites are being reviewed for housing the homeless, and city staff needs more time to evaluate the proposals. The city also wants to consider alternatives suggested by Merced County officials at the Nov. 2 council meeting, Conway said in a press release.
The city was considering a temporary campground on a 40-acre parcel of land at Mission and Tyler roads because of a concern that current camp sites along city creeks and canals are prone to flooding.
A new date for the discussion has not been set, Conway said. The City Council still plans to discuss a motel voucher plan during the Nov. 16 meeting. The vouchers would be used if the D Street Shelter and Rescue Mission fill to capacity and there is a need for additional beds. The operators of the two shelters have said they will add an additional 40 beds this winter to accommodate additional homeless individuals.