S. Indiana county hopes planters keep campers away

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana county fed up with homeless people sleeping in the county courthouse's alcoves has decided to take those inviting spaces away by filling them with large limestone planters.

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners approved a $5,000 contract Friday for two big planters that will each be placed in one of the courthouse's two alcoves.

The Herald-Times reports http://bit.ly/1ktXp7U the new planters will be just under 2 feet tall and more than 6 feet long. Officials hope they're big enough to prevent people from gathering in the alcoves and camping overnight.

The planters are the latest step in the commissioners' efforts to halt camping on the building's grounds that has left behind trash, vomit, urine and other human waste.