Council OKs Salvation Army mobile canteen to fill soup kitchen gap

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 06:00 PM.

“We want a location that’s accessible to the homeless,” Councilman Charles Baugh Jr. said. “They may not have transportation to get to the parks.”

Then city planner Eric Davis had a brainstorm.

“Why not right in front of City Hall?” he said. “We own everything on the front of Wilson Street and on Sunday, City Hall’s closed so there won’t be anyone using the lot.”

Council members favored the suggestion, and after ascertaining that the Salvation Army could readily add the city of Crestview to its liability insurance, city leaders unanimously voted to allow the canteen to park in front of City Hall to serve on Sundays.

In other matters, the council:

• Unanimously approved the city’s annual $11,000 contribution to the county Economic Development Council. EDC Vice President Kay Rasmussen said the council is working to help the city’s industrial base diversify “so your community is not military-dependent.”

• Viewed a presentation on the Tri-County Small Area Study by Celeste Werner of Matrix Design Group. The study resulted in recommendations for local community zoning changes, comprehensive plan revisions and the Eglin Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study to protect the base’s missions from encroachment.

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