Complaints about transients prompt public meeting in Ashland

320x180_50930B00-KFTWGAshland, Ore. — Numerous complaints about transients in Ashland’s downtown area are prompting a public meeting.

The mayor is holding the event this Wednesday evening.

Ashland City Councilor Stef Seffinger says both residents and tourists have complained about transients aggressively panhandling, littering, cursing, blocking the sidewalks with their backpacks, and having unruly dogs.

“The aesthetics of downtown are starting to be affected and we’ve gotten some comments on sites like trip advisor that people are not enjoying coming downtown,” states the city councilor.

Seffinger says the city wants to hear the public’s input on where to go from here; everyone is invited.

The meeting will begin at 7:00pm at Ashland City Council Chambers on East Main street.

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