UPDATED: Public Hearing For Downtown Bar Ordinances

A double murder on the streets of Downtown Greenville prompted an array of action by City Council.

Thursday night Greenville leadership took one more step in what they hope will make the downtown streets safer.

City Council passed an ordinance Thursday night that will require bouncers employed by Greenville bars to pass a criminal background check and training program with Greenville's finest.

The ordinance does not require bars to hire bouncers, but if they do, they have until May 1st of 2010 to comply with the new rules.

Bouncers hired after that date will have a 60 day grace period to clear a criminal background check and attend a free training session given by police.

The ordinance will cover 25 public and private bars in Greenville.

Those bars employ nearly 250 bouncers.

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It's your chance to weigh in on proposed changes aimed at making Downtown Greenville bars and clubs safer.

The Greenville City Council holds a public hearing Thursday on two of their three proposed safety ordinances. One ordinance would prohibit clubs to hire bouncers with certain crimes in their past. The other would require bouncers to get training from the Greenville Police Department.

The push for these changes stems from the double murder outside the Other Place Nightclub in June.

The public hearing takes place at the city council meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Greenville City Hall.

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  • by angie on Dec 11, 2009 at 03:20 AM
    having bouncers be trained by gpd is a semi good idea. it does raise a lot of questions with who's going to train and blah blah blah. but having bouncers trained at the door of a club doesn't prevent a drive by shooting. having trained bouncers helps on the inside of clubs with patrons getting out of hand and fighting. having a uniformity to clubs would make it easier on identifying whether or not someone is of legal age or not. having cops block off downtown completely for the night would create job openings and would make dt a lot safer. cops patroling the streets and breaking up loitering on street corners would also come in handy. there is a lot of planning in store for this ordinance, but just training bouncers does nothing for guns or knives.
  • by tim Location: gvl on Dec 10, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    who in the pd is going to train them and determine what training they need? How much will the training cost, how often will it be offered. Looks like someone has alot of planning to do.
  • by Ruffus Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2009 at 02:39 PM
    I was born and raised in this beautiful city and have seen many things come, go, and change. When you look at this terrible situation, it was a tragedy for anyone to be killed, but it sadly happens in other parts of the city. Are they any less dead? Or need less attention? Absolutely not! In fact, shootings and stabbings happen more often in those other places. We need to set laws and actions that apply to ALL areas of the city. Consistency and fairness is all we ask. Personally, I think this is more of an isolated incident. If it takes a situation like this to put this on the agenda and curb this type of nonsense over the entire city, great!
  • by Cletus Location: New Bern on Dec 10, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    The security personnel at the clubs should be required to be licensed by the Private Protective Services Bureau out of Raleigh and be issued licenses. This would weed out all of the felony convictions. This is the same licensing as the security officers have to adhere to if working as a security officer/guard in the State. Training by Greenville PD would be a plus. All ID's checked and a black stamp on the hand for over 21 and a red stamp indicating under 21. Special symbol to prevent counterfeiting.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 10, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    make all bars clubs, clubs...night clubs which require membership card to enter. do background checks on all applicants period. any found with records which include theft, larceny, breaking and entering, assault, gun related charges, drug related as in possession with intent to sell and deliver. It's not discriminatory. Clubs have a right to conduct buisness the way they need to. Doing this will eliminate much of the crime and keep thugs, trouble makers, drug dealers with gang related mentality behavior out of the clubs. Impose and enforce laws which forbid any loitering and hanging out on the streets in groups or gangs. This is the solution for a safer downtown g'town.
  • by concerned on Dec 10, 2009 at 09:51 AM
    The crime in Greenville is much bigger than downtown. Sadly, every morning when I wake up my first thoughts are "I wonder who was robbed or murdered in Greenville last night." Instead of more meetings how about more serious law presence. You know this is a huge problem. Stop meeting and start hiring law enforcement officers. Greenville is a wonderful town with great opportunity for great things. Save, perserve and treasure on of the truly great places in our country.
  • by BadBusiness Location: Downtown on Dec 10, 2009 at 09:05 AM
    Moderator. You refused to post my comments months ago because I referenced a specific bar name. I love how you post these comments but would not post mine at the time. take down the posts that bring in bars that have no right to be mentioned and prevent them in the future. I would be glad to forward you the email you sent me.
  • by scotch Location: g-ville on Dec 10, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    umm... how about we place the blame for KILLING people where it belongs. On the killers. Not on bouncers who try to keep the peace. And for everyone saying that the reason for the need for extra security is "drunk ECU students" - yes students are going to drink. Its a college town get over it. But if you really look at the numbers- who do you think is causing more problems like killing and stabbing and shooting and robbing? Students who are going downtown for a good time- or the thugs that want to take what they didnt earn and then blame it all on racism?
  • by B Location: NC on Dec 10, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    It's easy to see who is the problem, and they live to mess up things.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    Just close all of the downtown night clubs and you will solve all of these problems. I used to go to these clubs when I was in school, but that was when people knew how to act as if they had some sense. Nothing good happens after midnight in downtown Greenville.
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