Action On Greenville Crime Ordinances Delayed

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.

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  • by Who do you trust? Location: Greenville on Oct 6, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    Vote out the entire city council and have someone like Zeke who believes that the way to best address crime to "to give store/bar owners guns and let them shoot the criminals." And yes, this was said in a public forum... People, not all the answers and fault should be placed on City Council. There are folks on that group who have done good and stood by their goals and many of them support downtown. It really falls back to the criminal system. We can arrest those who can't do right downtown but the court system is so screwed up, that they are released the very next day and the majority of those folks commit a similar crime again. Pull the notes or video from the recent crime summit and see those stats for yourself -- I was really amazed.
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on Oct 6, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    Rule #4 in WITN's commenting policy: Refrain from posting inflammatory comments specifically naming a business, especially when the business is not an integral part of the related story.
  • by Bad Business Location: Downtown on Oct 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    It seems WITN is getting paid not to post the truth up here, where are my last 2 posts?
  • by John Location: Outer Banks on Oct 6, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    The city counsel needs to put some bite in its laws to stop the crime in Greenville. The police force seems it is just spinning its wheels. City counsel: let the police stop the crime and stop punishing the criminals by letting them have the key to the city and to rob its hardworking citizens.My son is a senior at ECU. If he were planning to pick a college today it would not be at ECU because of the crime.You have home breakins, car breakins,assaults, robbery, shootings to name a few.Do you want your kids to be far from home to be subjected to this? Not me.I love the University. Without it Greenville will become a dust bowl.It would be to your benefit to make your city a safe city for your students and citzens if not election time is not far away and someone may want to try to fix this problem and take your seat.Let the Police do their JOB! Give Them The Tools To Fight Crime AND TAKE YOUR CITY BACK.
  • by Dave Location: Winterville on Oct 6, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    Take some of the security from downtown and hire them to work security at WalMart. They can afford the security and they need it.
  • by Dave Location: Winterville on Oct 6, 2009 at 09:33 AM
    To ecu students: I agree with you that the students are a huge part of the Greenville economy. However, a lot of the people voting for the ordinances are ECU grads. I've graduated from ECU and remember how downtown was. There were lots of fights and even more drinking, late nights, etc.. typical college town. I quit going when I had a gun pulled in the BB&T parking lot, along with growing up and having a family. The crime is out of control there along with other parts of Greenville. It's a possibility that the ordinances might have an effect on the economy, but somehow eliminating the people who aren't contributing money anyway could help out in the long run. Most of us that have been there expect some trouble in the area, but not shootings, robberies, breakins, etc. This is by no means a fix all plan, but someone has to take the steps for change to begin. If you take out the criminal activity, places like StarLight might make more money because people would feel safer when they go.
  • by B Location: Gville on Oct 6, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    I don't particularly care to go to the downtown clubs but I don't think the problem lies there, it's with the surrounding area. All of ECU and downtown are surrounded by low-class parts of town (yes, this includes all races of trash). What's the good of hiring security for the clubs when the problems aren't caused by the college students but by the low-class trash that lives in the area? I had a hit-and-run fender bender back in June and the car fled, where do you guess, to west greenville. Of course the GPD assured me they'd never catch them although I gave a good description of the assailants and car. Put security and surveillance in the projects and trailer parks where it's needed!
  • by Judi Location: Greenville on Oct 6, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    Anyone who is registered can vote. You don't have to own property. You need to go to the Board of Elections in your county and show them proof of who you are and where you live - that's all.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Oct 6, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    For those of you who don't know, students can vote in the city council elections. They just need to register by this Friday. Any person living in Greenville for at least 30 days has the right to register and vote in city elections. If the students are concerned, go register and vote in new officials to change the policies. If you don't take the initiative, then you don't have any room to complain.
  • by Willis Location: Greenville on Oct 6, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    Most students rent and do not move their license to Pitt county. If you don't have a licensed registered in Pitt county you can't vote here. Yes anyone can vote for president but you have to vote in the county you are registered. I am sure most of the students are out of state or county.
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