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Rochester city leaders approve funding for warming shelter consultant

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – As much as we may try to deny it, the days are getting shorter and before we know it old man winter will be back. Rochester city leaders are already preparing for winter months.

Monday night, city leaders approved giving $15,000 to Olmsted County for a warming center consultant, that’s only one third of the total funding needed.

Earlier this year Rochester council approved about $20,000 to extend the opening of the Salvation Army Warming Center during the month of March.

Monday’s agreement makes the city a partner in the development plan for a 2019-2020 warming center to support the homeless population.

The vote passed six to one, with council member Shaun Palmer being the single no vote. Palmer says it should be in the hands of the county.

“It just really worries me that we are going down an area that the city – being compassionate but doesn’t that that responsibility that the county has on it,” Palmer said during meeting discussion.

Getting to the root of homelessness has been a part of Mayor Kim Norton’s agenda since the beginning of her campaign last summer. Mayor Norton’s next work group on homelessness is Wed. July 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mayo Civic Center.

Beret Leone

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