The introduction of the park is undisputed | Nuhou Kuloko

MONTPELIER – The widest and most difficult public park in Captain City sits right where it stops … at least for now.

However, Guertin Park is far from affected, according to city councils that ended in steamy hours before midnight Wednesday.

The park – a gazebo decorated with a pergola -like appearance – was a problem, but Wednesday threatened to become a Friday council that always had work to do, no more. it is better to decide than to do wrong.

Even so, because the night Mayor Anne Watson fell ill at home, there were no visible ballots in the short council to move back to the park.

After hearing a lot of evidence from a variety of residents, Councilor Cary Brown summed up what was expected of most.

“I don’t know what to do here,” Brown said, noting that he hadn’t helped start the meeting five hours earlier and that allegations had been leveled against him and others by most of those who came and talked.

They all knew that tobacco was a poison of some kind and the cause of serious complaints, but most thought it was a serious cause, and they did not want to see it move.

The redesign of the building in the grassy town between Shaw’s department store and The Drawing Board was an option considered by some. Turning the face to the side of the road can help improve the mood of some people who frequent the house, and some people think moving the back of the lot is better. .

Arguing back in her speech, Vicki Lane said it was two or three times less than what some people complained was a bad idea in building hand -held parks and putting them up. they are in the same area.

The house, now a shelter for the homeless, could be moved quickly, which Lane said increased some of the protests.

“I want to encourage us to build more before opening things up there because some people see it as vigilant,” he said.

Lane, a virtual group at Wednesday’s meeting received an interesting second from Ward Joyce, one of those who waited five hours in the conference rooms to share their thoughts on the park.

Joyce, who designed the previously constructed house on the driveway where it was complained of and moved, did not dispute the problems – more serious than others – that followed her. him to his new place. He did not see them as he walked past the house full of people talking and listening to music before daybreak.

“I really knew it was the strongest part of downtown Montpelier,” he said, adding: “On the one hand, I know it’s a disaster of open space.”

The problem, in Joyce’s view, isn’t the house or the people who use it, but the lack of other essentials – even the simplest ones – and the reality is humbled. given the large number of people who use it at any given time. .

“I like the idea of ​​making a better parking lot,” Joyce said, referring to turning the two standing in front of the road and building a the better after the lot is the feeling he can get later.

Joyce said she couldn’t say the same thing about the move and compared it to the city’s decision to build a skateboard park farthest from town in response to complaints about to skateboarders.

“It’s not a good idea for the city to move to an amenity,” he said.

Mary Messier, who lives on Loomis Street, agreed to travel to town for a meeting much longer than she had expected.

“I want to improve that place,” he said.

According to Messier, a picnic table or two, two chairs, a flower and some trash cans will make a living space, and he will support the renovation of the building.

“I hope it doesn’t move somewhere,” he said.

That was the view of the people – including some members of the council – who said, while everyone felt that there was one side – more important than the others – that troubled the police force. .

While there has been a lot of discussion about the needs of the city’s homeless and a desire to speed up plans for permanent solutions, CEO Brian Peete said he was concerned about conditions resulting from drug use problems and exposure to intoxication, defecation. and urine.

“How do you want us to fix that?” Peete asked, hoping he would invite the leader to tell his officers.

“What do we do next?” he added.

Councilors did not respond positively and agreed that they needed to reconsider and talk.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea to do anything,” Brown said.

Consultant Jack McCullough agreed.

McCullough, who hosted the meeting when Watson was away, thought moving the building behind a different street on Barre Street was a reasonable option to look at, but it was unclear whether or not it would be possible. the council will support.

In the end, the councils agreed to postpone a decision on a case they said had provoked a spiritual discussion and there was no easy answer.

david.delcore @timesargus.com

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