Lawyer urges Des Moines to appeal homeless ruling

Published On: Feb 13 2013 08:46:57 AM CST

Des Moines' lawyer says he'll recommend that the City Council appeal a ruling that lets three homeless people stay in their camp.

City Attorney Jeffrey Lester said Tuesday that he will urge the council to take the hearing officer's ruling to a district court.

Eviction notices were posted Jan. 17 at five makeshift camps, warning the homeless residents that city officials would forcibly remove or arrest individuals who remained by the end of the month. But late Monday, hearing officer Cassandra Webster decided it was safer for the individuals to stay in their camps.

The ruling affects only the three people named in the appeal.

Other appeals have been filed, but it was unclear Tuesday how many camps and people were involved.