The Sherwood City Council sent a proposed ordinance that would ban overnight camping in the city back to city staff for tweaking.

On Tuesday night, some members of the council expressed concern about language in the proposal that they felt was too restrictive. Councilor Matt Langer said he believed the definition of camping was too broad and could prohibit such events as a church barbecue. The proposed ordinance has language that defines camping to include:

  • Sleeping or making preparations to sleep.

  • Parking any motor vehicle… for the apparent purpose of occupancy.

  • Storing personal belongings.

    Making any fire.

  • Conducting cooking activities.

    However, Mayor Bill Middleton emphasized that police could use their discretion to determine who’s camping and who’s not. The measure will return to the council in a future meeting.

    In other action, the council:

  • Heard a proposal to raise garbage rates next year, adding $1.06 for a 35-gallon container in anticipation of proposed increases passed on by Metro, the agency that oversees garbage disposal throughout the tri-county area. The discussion was part of a work session so it would have to forwarded to the council during a regular meeting that would include a public hearing on the issue.

  • Approved the purchase of a new playground structure for Murdock Park. The city has had safety issues with the current structure in the past. “The last eight years we put a lot of money into this structure,” Craig Sheldon, public works director, told the council. The approval includes the purchase of the $64,000 structure, which includes a rock climbing structure and a swing set. The Rotary Club of Sherwood is pitching in a $50,000 grant towards the purchase of the equipment.

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