Posted: Jan 5, 2012 5:27 PM by Breanna Roy and Dennis Bragg (KPAX News)
Updated: Jan 6, 2012 8:48 AM
MISSOULA- Activists still ‘Occupy Missoula', despite Missoula County's new "no camping" resolution that went into effect Wednesday.
Missoula County is still finalizing the permit application the new rule requires for prolonged use of county property. But Occupy Missoula members could not find one Thursday morning.
"I have not found any information on the application process," Occupy Missoula member Shandor Jackson said. "I've heard rumors that there is an application."
About six Occupy Missoula members drafted a handwritten permit application of their own Thursday morning and delivered it to the commissioners' office.
Commissioners say they received it, but their new rules still don't allow for structures like the Occupy Missoula encampment. Additionally, Occupy Missoula would have to complete the new application form.
Still, Missoula County Commissioner Michele Landquist said the county wants to give the occupiers time before they enforce the resolution.
"We're still hoping to take the path of least resistance and wanting to give the Occupy Missoula movement an opportunity to digest and evaluate the resolution that we did yesterday," Landquist said.
Chief Administrative Officer, Dale Bickell, said late Thursday afternoon that commissioners had drafted a letter which will be sent to the protesters Friday, formally notifying them of being in violation of the anti-camping policy.
He added the letter will also explain the group still has the right to rally and assemble, they just have to remove tents and any "structures".
Homeless people who've been staying at the site tell us they are expecting to be removed at any time and aren't sure where they'll go. Several said they would simply move their tents and shelters elsewhere in the city.
The tents still stood on the southwest corner of the Missoula County Courthouse lawn as of Thursday evening.