Park City police told of homeless cases, including along Main Street
The Park City Police Department received three recent reports of people coming across someone who appeared to be homeless, cases that were logged during a winter that would have been especially difficult for someone living outdoors.
The Police Department on March 10 at 2:41 p.m. was told of a person seen at City Park. The person who contacted the police said the person could be homeless. The person was seen leaving a shed at City Park, the police were told. The person was a man who appeared to be in his 60s.
Phil Kirk, a Police Department captain, said an officer who investigated did not find the man. The Police Department requested the Parks Department secure the shed in an effort to prevent someone from staying there, Kirk said.
The next day the police encountered a homeless person in a stairwell along Main Street, between a café and a nightclub on the lower stretch of the street. A police officer asked the person to leave. Kirk said it was not clear if the same person was involved in the two cases.
The Police Department, meanwhile, at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday arrested a 50-year-old man at the Old Town transit center on a charge of intoxication after he was reported to be disoriented on a bus. The police said the man is homeless and “had no place to go and no one to call.”
The Police Department has fielded few complaints in recent months regarding homelessness. It seems likely someone without a home could have left Park City early in the winter as the snow started to pummel the area. The winter has been one of the snowiest in years. The Park City area does not have a homeless shelter and offers few resources for someone without a place to live.
Homelessness in recent years has appeared to be an issue in the Park City area in the spring, summer and fall rather than in the winter. Encampments have been found in the mountains surrounding Park City and along the Rail Trail, and the Police Department typically receives at least a few reports annually. The number of homeless people in the Park City area, though, is believed to be small.
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