City of Kyle Drafting Order to ban camping and begging
At last week’s city council meeting, city staff were tasked with drafting an ordinance banning camping and begging.
KYLE, Texas – The City of AustinThe camping bill has attracted its fair share of attention. Now another city is considering banning camping – but they’re hoping it’s more of a preventative measure.
It is a sensitive subject that could lead to changes in the Town of Kyle.
“I realized that the Town of Kyle is in a good position to be proactive with both campers and beggars,” said council member Yvonne Flores-Cale.
Cale called on city staff to create an anti-camping ordinance.
“You know we’ve all seen a little bit of what Austin went through, and so, even though it’s happening now, it’s something I’ve been working on for a few weeks,” said Flores-Cale.
She said Kyle had no problem with camping right now, bBut she and other board members are hoping they can be proactive and stop this before it happens.
“With the magnitude of the displacement that could take place in Austin, we might as well understand what our position will be,” Mayor Travis Mitchell said during the meeting. city council meeting last Tuesday.
“That’s the beauty of it: we don’t have to worry about relocating or relocating people, we just have to worry about maintaining from now on,” Flores-Cale said. “I really hope people can see that there is a difference between roaming and camping.”
City staff expect the ordinance to be ready for the next city council meeting in June, as they hope to address this sensitive topic soon.
“It’s not about right or wrong, heartless or bad,” said Flores-Cale. “It’s just about protecting our city and making sure we stay as we are.”
A bill that would create a statewide camping ban is still under consideration in the Legislature. Kyle town leaders have said they want to create their own ordinance in case this bill does not become law.
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