Eight murders within twelve months, including two in the downtown area this summer, have prompted a public outcry to figure out a way to cut down on crime in Greenville.
Monday night, city council members listened to a presentation by city staff addressing the issues of crime with proposed ordinances.
"A total waste of time" is how Greenville City Councilmember Max Joyner described the presentation on proposed ordinances to cut down on crime in Greenville. Joyner said, "We can't legislate our way to a better uptown Greenville through this. This makes no sense."
Joyner and the rest of city council voted Monday night to delay any decisions on the proposed ordinances until November 1st.
Zeke Jackson believes city councilmembers are delaying any action due to the upcoming municipal elections on November 3rd.
ECU's Homecoming and Halloween bring thousands of people to the downtown area--making October the busiest month for nightlife downtown. Jackson says the public's safety should be considered first and foremost.
Club owners were given an October 30th deadline to submit suggestions on how to protect the downtown area.
According to one club owner, a list was already submitted to city councilmembers for the October 5th city council meeting.