Several council members expressed a desire to pressure surrounding communities that they alleged ignore the issue of regional homelessness. The council was pleased with Longmont’s outlook, but criticized other county communities for their collective lack of involvement in serving, transitioning and then housing the homeless.
“We need to get them on board,” Councilwoman Lisa Morzel said. “This is a regional issue.”
Mayor Suzanne Jones, whose sister, Elise Jones, is a county commissioner, wondered aloud whether Boulder County officials might not “compel participation” from neighboring communities through withheld funds, or other punitive actions.
“I think it’s time to think about leverage,” Jones added.
A random sampling of the reactions of residents in other cities (besides Longmont) follows:
Okay, the dog is a ringer, but you get the point . . .
(This post e-mailed to Boulder City Council.)