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Homeless discussions continue
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Warren County government will continue its discussion on homelessness and what, if anything, can be done.

“The next meeting we have, I have something we need to talk through about squatters again,” said Commissioner Steve Glenn during a recent Policy and Personnel Committee meeting. “Specifically, what we can do. Eventually, we’re going to have to do something about all these homeless people in the county. I might not be around, but we’ll need to face it at some point.”

He requested county attorney Robert Bratcher and county codes inspector Rich Thompson be present during that meeting.

When the committee met in January, Glenn reported complaints he received from constituents in his district about “squatters” on Bluff Springs Road.

A squatter is a person who illegally occupies an uninhabited building or unused land where they have no title, right or lease to do so.

John Grissom says he owns the property in question and he, along with seven others, live there in a camping trailer, RV and pallet house.

“We are not homeless and we’re not squatters,” said Grissom. “We are living off the grid. I just want to be left alone to do my thing and do what I do. I’m not telling anybody else how to live and I’m not letting anyone tell me how to live. I’m just trying to help people out when they need it.”

In attendance during this month’s meeting was Commissioner Carl D. Bouldin, who reminded committee members what Grissom is doing is not against the law.

“The people you’re referring to are on private property,” said Bouldin. “There’s nothing you can do about it.”

Glenn replied, “I’m not so sure about that. I know what you’re saying, but there are some more things that we’re looking at.”

Policy and Personnel Committee customarily meets once a month. Its March session has yet to be scheduled.