Reno businesses want panhandlers and the homeless away from Fourth Street

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Reno businesses want panhandlers and the homeless away from Fourth Street

The Reno City Council began to address the issue of panhandling and the homeless on East Fourth Street. This was at their meeting Wednesday evening.

The Council heard some strong words from businessman Eddie Lorton about the issues businesses deal with daily on that street. Lorton says he bought several buildings on Fourth Street because a previous City Council had designated it an "improvement district." Instead, he says they built a homeless shelter there.

"The City stuffed it right in the middle of the town--bad on the city, bad on the businesses; it's not good for the community, especially buildings. I mean, it's just awful."

Lorton says he'd like to see the homeless shelter moved away from the area, or at least have the City take real measures to stop panhandling. He suggests only letting famillies stay in the shelter. Council Member Neoma Jardon called for a hot topic meeting on the issue and says that future discussions should be expanded to how to prevent this problem in all of the downtown area. Jardon says she's "not a fan" of where the shelter is located, but says the City doesn't have the funds at the moment to relocate it either.