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Sad to see Douglas County Lake become a Homeless Shelter
June 14, 2011
Douglas County Lake
Is there some law against setting up permanant camp / residence in a public park ? Lawrence seems well equipped to handle numerous homeless, would that be a better place for them to go ?
Thanks for the info.
Do the homeless people happen to know about the free hot dogs and swimming on July 4th? You should tell them about it and while they're not watching throw their stuff in the lake. Then you won't be bothered by them anymore.
I can tell you are a quality individual.
Yes, he's known in local circles as the Great Usurper of Nom de Plumes.
Concerns with regards to these people living out at the lake. They have been there for at least four months now. Baldwin City Police say it's not their responsibility and they can live there.
Here are a list of numbers to call and complain:
Mr. Kelly Rockers (in charge of this lake)
Mr. John Silovsky
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Clinton Unit
RR 1 Box 120E
Lawrence, Kansas 66044 ~ (785) 842-8562
Regional Office ~ (785) 273-6740
Better regulations regarding the camping are needed. As it currently stands they can stay there for free. Since this lake has only three outhouse facilities there are Zero showers or water facilities. These campers have made a make shift shower and they go to Sante Fe Market for free water just on the other side of Sante Fe Markets pumps.
The state lake is not in the city limits so no BCPD can't do anything. As for KDWP Yes they need to enforce the law equally. If it was Clinton lake they would have to be out of there. Maybe a call to the Sheriff is due too. They have special patrols at Clinton and Lone Star. Maybe they need to come over here too.
My goodness. In this heat are you kidding me? I am wondering why anyone would begrudge homeless people living at the lake?
Run them off to where? We should be more concerned about them having food and water. I wonder where compassion is anymore?
Maybe I don't understand the place of fear some people have regarding those who live in poverty.
Why don't you go down there and have them stay with you if you are worried about them.
Living in your home and living on community owned property are two different things. I am at the lake a lot. I canoe there, and hike there with my dogs. The hunters bother me more than homeless people. I pray none of us are ever in that situation. Apparently this is in your backyard ~ just guessing.
Just an update. I saw the KDWP ranger down there Saturday checking fishing licenses of campers. There were only two sets of campers on the west side.
And why would a hunter bother you? Guess what this is still a mostly rual county and people can hunt. If you don't like it go move to KC, just rememeber that is what our Country was founded by. Famers and hunters.
It's just a bit unsettling to have a hunter come up the side of the dam with his rifle as you walk your dog. There is shooting practice out there too. Not a problem with me as long as they know what they are doing. What are the consistent odds of that?
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