City Workshop

The Brookings City Council workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday Dec. 2, at City Hall Council Chambers, 898 Elk Drive, in Brookings.

The Brookings City Council is set to discuss how to best prohibit public urination and defecation within the city limits.

The council will review the issue during a workshop Dec. 2 at Brookings City Hall.

“Staff was recently made aware of a female transit urinating on the sidewalk in multiple locations downtown,” according to a city council memo in its Dec. 2 workshop packet. “Parks staff has also been called out several times to clean up human feces in Azalea Park, Mill Beach, Access and the bus shelter at Bankus Park.”

The memo said staff members are researching options to prohibit such activity, including a code of conduct, a loitering ordinance and a public urination ordinance. According to the memo, the staff is proposing adding language to the Brookings Municipal Code that would restrict public urination and defecation in public places.

The staff is recommending development of a draft “Urination and Defecation” (Ordinance) to be brought back the city council after such a draft ordinance is reviewed by legal counsel.

The memo includes language drafted by several other Oregon cities, including Portland, Medford, Newport, Grants Pass, Astoria and Oregon City.

The Portland ordinance reads, “No person shall urinate or defecate in any park except in a convenience station designed for that purpose; or blow, spread, or place any nasal or other bodily discharge; or spit, irritate, or defecate on the floors, walls, partitions, furniture, fittings, or on any portion of any public convenience station or in any place in such station, excepting directly into the particular fixture provided for that purpose; or in any bottle, can, cloth, or metal, wood, or stone substance in any of the plumbing fixtures in such station.”

The workshop memo did not indicate how the city would enforce an ordinance that might be adopted by the city council.

See the full Brookings City Council workshop agenda online at

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