Homelessness in Vernon parks continues to dominate city debate.

Council voted Monday to allow temporary shelter in Polson Park and other designated public spaces from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. when shelter beds are not available, amending the previous recommendation of 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The change was suggested by Mayor Akbal Mund on the grounds that the Upper Room Mission — a community outreach service that offers up to three meals a day during the week to Vernon’s hungry — opens at 9 a.m.

Council also voted against a recommendation in the bylaw prohibiting the use of shopping carts by those seeking shelter in public spaces.