The City of Elkins Rules and Ordinance Committee met to discuss and finalize a new ordinance to be put before the City Council.
The potential ordinance details the prohibition of unauthorized camping on public or private property within city limits. City officials were met with some issues in recent months in which residents were living in tents on properties and had no regulations for dealing with such issues.
“What the ordinance provides, is that if a person is living in one of those structures and conducting an activity of daily living for a period of 14 day or after, you can’t do that for more than 14 days and after you do then that’s when the city has the ability to enforce it,” said First Ward Elkins City Council Member Rob Chenoweth.
Though homelessness is declining, nonpermanent shelters including tents, shacks, travel trailers, motorhomes, and more may become an issue once the weather begins to heat up.