TURLOCK — It’s a small park with few amenities, but downtown’s Denair Park has gotten plenty of attention recently.
Area residents and business owners packed a community meeting last week to discuss problems with homeless people living in the park and crime in the area. Police Capt. Carl Nielsen, who led the meeting, noted that more people turned out for it than for four meetings to discuss a possible road tax the council ultimately decided against putting before voters.
Tonight, City Council members will hear a report from Nielsen about activity at the park. Neighbors have complained about people living there, drinking and using drugs, and vandalizing nearby businesses.
The park is close to several churches and Sacred Heart School. Some of those churches have had to lock their bathrooms because of problems with misuse. Business owners and residents have complained about theft, people urinating and defecating on their property and the presence of so many people dissuading customers or clients from visiting.
Nielsen pointed out that there are limited options for enforcement, and that there is a difference between many of the homeless people who frequent the park and criminals.
No action is scheduled on the matter; the item is listed as a report only.
In other matters, the council is scheduled to consider awarding an $887,000 contract to improve Monte Vista Avenue and buying land for the realignment of Dianne Drive at Fulkerth Road. In closed session, the council will discuss negotiations with unions representing its employees.
The Turlock City Council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.