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UPDATE: Committee opts against changing CCB loitering rules

Posted: Updated: Jun 01, 2015 11:52 PM

MADISON (WKOW) The City-County Liaison Committee opted against amending the City County Building's rules on loitering Monday night.

The committee heard two hours of public comment on the proposal before discussing it for another 60 minutes.

The proposed change ultimately failed on a 4-4 vote.

Enis Ragland, the Mayor's representative on the committee, said the CCLC should view itself as the landlord of the City-County Building.

“We would not allow the conditions we see on the front porch here to happen on any private owner's property,” Ragland said.

Ragland mentioned behaviors like public urination and defecation, public intoxication and public sex as reasons to crack down on loitering.

But Ald. Mark Clear, a member of the City-County Liaison Committee, said painting all homeless people with one brush was not the right policy.

“Everything you talked about is illegal. This committee doesn't have to take any action to enforce the types of behaviors you're talking about,” Clear said. “So I think it's really important for us to focus on those behaviors.”

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MADISON (WKOW) – Madison's City-County Liaison Committee will meet Monday evening to discuss amending the operating rules at the City County Building downtown.The CCLC is considering a change to the CCB's loitering policy following a petition submitted by employees who work there.

The petition, which can be viewed HERE, mentions instances of homeless people wandering around the building, being intoxicated, sleeping on the building's porch, and leaving their belongings blocking the building's entrances.

The building's current policy on loitering reads: “Loitering is prohibited inside the CCB. Loitering includes being inside the building after hours without any apparent official City/County business.”

The CCLC Monday will consider amending the policy to read: “Loitering is prohibited. Loitering includes being inside the building or on the building grounds after hours without any apparent official City/County business.”

The committee will also consider the placement of “no trespassing” signs at locations where they will be seen from outside the building.

Monday's meeting begins at 5:45 p.m. At the City-County Building.

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