For the second time in two years, the city had to negotiate with a self-proclaimed pastor to take down a place where people come to worship. A final gathering at the
“I indicated to the city that I can not, under any circumstances, tear down what God had me put up,” said Polk.
Meanwhile, city workers spoke to residents about the process of clearing out the encampments.
Mitch Long owns a business on
“I wish they'd have been camped out on the mayor's front lawn,” said Long, owner of Valley Pipe & Supply.
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“We will dismantle the church, as we did the last time. We will store the material for 90 days. [Polk’s] aware that's going to happen and based on my conversation with him, we have an agreement to that effect,” said Rudd.
Workers will finish cleaning the area on Tuesday. The city is now working with property owners at 180 and Neilsen to deal with a fourth large encampment growing there.